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Welcome To The Year Of The Snake

With Chinese New Year upon us, wtatennis.com brings you which WTA players match up with the 12 animal signs of the Chinese Zodiac - which two Top 10 players are snakes in the year of the snake?

Published February 09, 2013 12:00

Welcome To The Year Of The Snake
Chinese New Year

With Li Na coming off her third Grand Slam final and returning to the Top 5, and Zheng Jie, Peng Shuai and others continuing to strongly represent China in women's tennis, we at wtatennis.com wish everyone a happy Chinese New Year - and in the spirit of the holidays, we look at the Chinese Zodiac, a scheme that looks at time as a 12-year cycle rather than the linear Western concept of time.

In the Chinese Zodiac, the beginning of every year falls somewhere between late January and early February. Each of the 12 years in the Chinese Zodiac is represented by an animal sign and thus its reputed attributes: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

Which animals are the Top 50 players on the WTA? The birth years range from 1980 to 1994...

Rat (1984)
Samantha Stosur
Marion Bartoli
Sofia Arvidsson

Ox (1985)
Hsieh Su-Wei
Jelena Jankovic
Kirsten Flipkens
Peng Shuai
Kaia Kanepi

Tiger (1986)
Maria Kirilenko
Varvara Lepchenko
Elena Vesnina

Rabbit (1987)
Maria Sharapova
Angelique Kerber
Sara Errani
Ana Ivanovic
Lucie Safarova
Yaroslava Shvedova
Tsvetana Pironkova
Aleksandra Wozniak

Dragon (1988)
Julia Goerges
Ekaterina Makarova
Carla Suárez Navarro

*** 2013 IS THE YEAR OF THE SNAKE ***
Snake (1989)
Victoria Azarenka
Agnieszka Radwanska
Dominika Cibulkova
Yanina Wickmayer
Alizé Cornet
Sabine Lisicki

Horse (1990)
Petra Kvitova
Caroline Wozniacki
Sorana Cirstea
Mona Barthel
Tamira Paszek
Urszula Radwanska
Irina-Camelia Begu

Sheep (1991)
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Bojana Jovanovski
Simona Halep
Kiki Bertens

Monkey (1980 & 1992)
Venus Williams
Heather Watson
Christina McHale

Rooster (1981 & 1993)
Serena Williams
Sloane Stephens

Dog (1982 & 1994)
Li Na
Nadia Petrova
Klara Zakopalova
Laura Robson

Boar (1983)
Roberta Vinci
Zheng Jie

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