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Australian Open: Top 16 Seeds' Histories

How have the favorites performed in previous appearances at the year's first Grand Slam?

Published January 09, 2013 08:23

Australian Open: Top 16 Seeds' Histories
Victoria Azarenka

MELBOURNE, Australia - The seeds are out for the 2013 Australian Open, and the Top 3 were not only the winners of last year's majors, but each have a shot at being No.1 at the end of the fortnight. Will World No.1 Victoria Azarenka defend the lone Grand Slam title she owns? Her victim in last year's final, No.2 Maria Sharapova, went on to complete the career Grand Slam at the French Open later in the season. And Serena Williams comes into Melbourne with a wave of confidence, having won her last two majors at Wimbledon and the US Open last summer, her last 16 matches and last week's event in Brisbane.

Here are the Grand Slam résumés of the Top 16 seeds and a couple other contenders:

1. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
8th Australian Open appearance (21-6)
Best Australian Open result: Champion (2012)
Best Grand Slam result: Champion (1): 2012 Australian Open

2. Maria Sharapova (RUS)
10th Australian Open appearance (34-8)
Best Australian Open result: Champion (2008)
Best Grand Slam result: Champion (4): 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open, 2008 Australian Open, 2012 French Open

3. Serena Williams (USA)
13th Australian Open appearance (54-7)
Best Australian Open result: Champion (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010)
Best Grand Slam result: Champion (15): 1999 US Open, 2002 French Open, 2002 Wimbledon, 2002 US Open, 2003 Australian Open, 2003 Wimbledon, 2005 Australian Open, 2007 Australian Open, 2008 US Open, 2009 Australian Open, 2009 Wimbledon, 2010 Australian Open, 2010 Wimbledon, 2012 Wimbledon, 2012 US Open

4. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
7th Australian Open appearance (15-6)
Best Australian Open result: QF (2008, 2011, 2012)
Best Grand Slam result: R-Up (1): 2012 Wimbledon

5. Angelique Kerber (GER)
6th Australian Open appearance (5-5)
Best Australian Open result: 3r (2010, 2012)
Best Grand Slam result: SF (2): 2011 US Open, 2012 Wimbledon

6. Li Na (CHN)
8th Australian Open appearance (21-7)
Best Australian Open result: R-Up (2011)
Best Grand Slam result: Champion (1): 2011 French Open

7. Sara Errani (ITA)
6th Australian Open appearance (8-5)
Best Australian Open result: QF (2010, 2012)
Best Grand Slam result: R-Up (1): 2012 French Open

8. Petra Kvitova (CZE)
5th Australian Open appearance (10-4)
Best Australian Open result: SF (2012)
Best Grand Slam result: Champion (1): 2011 Wimbledon

9. Samantha Stosur (AUS)
11th Australian Open appearance (14-10)
Best Australian Open result: 4r (2010)
Best Grand Slam result: Champion (1): 2011 US Open

10. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
6th Australian Open appearance (17-5)
Best Australian Open result: SF (2011)
Best Grand Slam result: R-Up (1): 2009 US Open

11. Marion Bartoli (FRA)
12th Australian Open appearance (13-11)
Best Australian Open result: QF (2009)
Best Grand Slam result: R-Up (1): 2007 Wimbledon

12. Nadia Petrova (RUS)
14th Australian Open appearance (27-13)
Best Australian Open result: QF: (2006, 2010)
Best Grand Slam result: SF (2): 2003 French Open, 2005 French Open

13. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
9th Australian Open appearance (17-8)
Best Australian Open result: R-Up (2008)
Best Grand Slam result: Champion (1): 2008 French Open

14. Maria Kirilenko (RUS)
9th Australian Open appearance (15-8)
Best Australian Open result: QF (2010)
Best Grand Slam result: QF (2): 2010 Australian Open, 2012 Wimbledon

15. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
6th Australian Open appearance (6-5)
Best Australian Open result: 4r (2009)
Best Grand Slam result: SF (1): 2009 French Open

16. Roberta Vinci (ITA)
8th Australian Open appearance (5-7)
Best Australian Open result: 3r (2010)
Best Grand Slam result: QF (1): 2012 US Open

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22. Jelena Jankovic (SRB)
11th Australian Open appearance (21-10)
Best Australian Open result: SF (2008)
Best Grand Slam result: R-Up (1): 2008 US Open

25. Venus Williams (USA)
13th Australian Open appearance (39-12)
Best Australian Open result: R-Up (2003)
Best Grand Slam result: Champion (7): 2000 Wimbledon, 2000 US Open, 2001 Wimbledon, 2001 US Open, 2005 Wimbledon, 2007 Wimbledon, 2008 Wimbledon

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