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MELBOURNE, Australia - Women to watch at the Australian Open, which begins Monday at Melbourne Park:SERENA WILLIAMSSeeded: 1Age: 33Country: United States2014 Match Record: 52-82014 Singles Titles: 7Career Singles Titles: 64Major Titles: 18 — Australian Open (03, 05, 07, 09, 10), French Open (02, 13) , Wimbledon (02, 03, 09, 10, 12), U. Adidas Falcon España .S. Open (99, 02, 08, 12, 13, 14)Last 5 Australian Opens: 14-4th, 13-QF, 12-4th, 11-DNP, 10-WTopspin: the tournaments opening day will mark Williams 100th consecutive week as No. 1 on the WTA rankings (since Feb. 18, 2013). Her 18 Grand Slam singles titles has her level with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova and behind Steffi Grafs 22 in the Open Era, with those three women the only players to have more career weeks at No. 1. Williams won $9.317 million last year, second only to her own WTA-record $12.385 million from 2013. Started off the 2015 season playing the Hopman Cup with partner John Isner, where she lost two of her four singles matches, and her composure during a mixed doubles final which the Americans lost to Poland. With her last Australian Open win coming in 2010, this marks her longest period without a trophy at Melbourne Park since she won her first in 2003.___MARIA SHARAPOVASeeded: 2Age: 27Country: Russia2014 Match Record: 48-132014 Singles Titles: 4Career Singles Titles: 33Major Titles: 5 — French Open (12, 14), Wimbledon (04), U.S. Open (06), Australian Open (08)Last 5 Australian Opens: 14-4th, 13-SF, 12-F, 11-4th, 10-1stTopspin: Back healthy after a series of shoulder injuries, 2014 was one of her three best seasons on the tour, finishing with a year-end No. 2 ranking after achieving the same level in 2006 and 2012. She reached the fourth round at three Grand Slams — Australian Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open — as well as winning her fifth career major at Roland Garros. Looked strong in winning the Brisbane International title on Jan. 10 in a stirring comeback win over Ana Ivanovic. Based on Williams shaky start to the 2015 season, would have to be considered a strong favourite for a second title at Melbourne Park.___SIMONA HALEPSeeded: 3Age: 23Country: Romania2014 Match Record: 49-182014 Singles Titles: 2Career Singles Titles: 8Major titles: none. Best: — French Open finalist (14).Last 5 Australian Opens: 14-QF, 13-1st, 12-1st, 11-3rd, 10-DNPTopspin: Made her first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros; also finished runner-up to Sharapova at Madrid. Started 2014 at No. 11 in the rankings but steadily improved to No. 2 in August before being supplanted by Sharapova later in the year. Got 2015 off to a good start by winning the Shenzen Open, beating Timea Bacsinszky in straight sets in the final. She then pulled out of the Sydney International last week with gastroenteritis.___PETRA KVITOVASeeded: 4Age: 24Country: Czech Republic2014 Match Record: 49-162014 Singles Titles: 3Career Singles Titles: 14Major Titles: 2 — Wimbledon (11, 14)Last 5 Australian Opens: 14-1st; 13-2nd, 12-SF, 11-QF, 10-2ndTopspin: Surprise first-round loser at Melbourne Park last year to Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand in three sets. Her three titles last year included her second at Wimbledon, where she beat Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in a lopsided final to remain the only player born in the 1990s, male or female, to win a Grand Slam title. Lists her favourite city as Melbourne. Coached by David Kotyza, she trains at the same club as fellow Czechs Tomas Berdych and Lucie Safarova. Lost in the semifinals at the Shenzen Open last week.___ANA IVANOVICSeeded: 5 Age: 27Country: Serbia2014 Match Record: 58-212014 Singles Titles: 4Career Singles Titles: 15Major Titles: 1 — French Open (08)Last 5 Australian Opens: 14-QF, 13-4th, 12-4th, 11-1st, 10-2ndTopspin: Had a tour-high 58 wins in the season, helping her move back into the top five. Won four titles from six finals, and reached the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park last year, losing to Eugenie Bouchard. Lost to Sharapova in the Brisbane International final last week in a replay of their 2008 Australian Open final. Ivanovic has an abdominal injury that forced her to withdraw from her Brisbane doubles quarterfinal, but says she expects to be fit for Melbourne Park.___AGNIESZKA RADWANSKASeeded: 6Age: 25Country: Poland2014 Match Record: 54-222014 Singles Titles: 1Career Singles Titles: 14Major Titles: none. Best: — Wimbledon finalist (12).Last 5 Australian Opens: 14-SF, 13-QF, 12-QF, 11-QF, 10-3rdTopspin: Shes made steady improvement in each of her last five trips to Melbourne Park, making it to the semifinals last year for the first time after beating two-time champion Victoria Azarenka in the quarters. Recently added 18-time singles major winner Martina Navratilova to her coaching team in an attempt to improve her performances at the highest level. The goal of course is a Grand Slam, Radwanska said. Martina is a person (of) huge experience with so many titles ... I think she can help me out a lot. Opened the season by winning the Hopman Cup mixed title with countryman Jerzy Janowicz, beating Americans Serena Williams and John Isner.___EUGENIE BOUCHARDSeeded: 7Age: 20Country: Canada2014 Match Record: 47-242014 Singles Titles: 1Career Singles Titles: 1Major Titles: none. Best: — Wimbledon finalist (14).Last 5 Australian Opens: 14-SF (first appearance)Topspin: matching her breakthrough 2014 season might the tough part for Bouchard, who advanced to the semifinals at three majors and lost in the Wimbledon final, moving into the top five for the first time. Bouchard lost to the eventual champion and now-retired Li Na in the semis at Melbourne last year, to Sharapova in the French semifinals and to Kvitova at Wimbledon. At the All-England Club, she became the first Canadian, male or female, to reach a Grand Slam final. Got her 2015 season off to a slow start with a loss to 16th-ranked Lucie Safarova at the Hopman Cup, but rebounded to beat Serena Williams in her next match.___CAROLINE WOZNIACKISeeded: 8Age: 24Country: Denmark2014 Match Record: 51-212014 Singles Titles: 1Career Singles Titles: 22Major Titles: none. Best: — U.S. Open finalist (09, 14)Last 5 Australian Opens: 14-3rd, 13-4th, 12-QF, 11-SF, 10-4thTopspin: The former No. 1 is still searching for that elusive Grand Slam singles title, and she came close again last year, losing the U.S. Open final for a second time. A tale of two seasons last year, perhaps affected by her breakup with golfer Rory McIlroy, and not the way many would have thought. She struggled in the first half, going 15-9 between January and June with her best results being two semifinals (she lost her first-round match at the French Open just a week after McIlroy ended their relationship as the wedding invitations were being sent out). But she had a resurgent second half, going 34-10 from the start of grass-court season to end of year, highlighted by her U.S. Open final appearance. Off the courts, the new running enthusiast completed the New York City Marathon, her first, in a better time than she had hoped. Hurt her left wrist in her first-round match at the Sydney International this week, forcing her to withdraw, but hopes the injury wont keep her from playing in Melbourne.___VICTORIA AZARENKAUnseeded.Ranked: 41Age: 25Country: Belarus2014 Match Record: 15-92014 Singles Titles: 0Career Singles Titles: 17Major Titles: 2 — Australian Open (12, 13)Last 5 Australian Opens: 14-QF, 13-W, 12-W, 11-4th, 10-QFTopspin: Last year was one to forget for the two-time champion at Melbourne Park, and although her ranking has slipped into the 40s, shes still a threat to repeat her 2012 and 2013 successes here. Injuries to her feet and right knee restricted her to just 24 matches last year. She also was fodder for the gossip pages because of her breakup with rap artist Redfoo, who had accompanied her to Melbourne in the past. Her 2015 got off to a poor start when she lost her first-round match at the Brisbane International — her first competition since September — to Karolina Pliskova in three sets, wasting two match points in the second set. The defeat cost her any chance of a seeding for the seasons first major.___Follow Dennis Passa on Twitter: Adidas NMD R1 Baratas . - Loosening up for their first training camp practice, the Miami Dolphins high-stepped sideways up and down the field while House of Pains song "Jump Around" blared on the loudspeakers. Adidas Gazelle Mujer Baratas .C. United on Saturday night and boost the Unions playoff hopes. Nick DeLeon scored in the 36th minute for United (3-23-6), which had ample opportunities to build on its lead but went its 10th straight match without a victory. . (January 11, 2014) – Once again Kevin Martin proved why he is the all-time TSN skins leader, winning $11,500 in prize money and a spot in the Travelers All-Star Curling Skins Game presented by Pintys final following a semifinal victory over Brad Jacobs earlier this evening at the Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre in Banff, Alta.TORONTO -- B.C. Lions running back Andrew Harris is the CFLs top Canadian for the second week in a row while teammate Emmanuel Arceneaux is the leagues top offensive player of the week. The pair were consistently dangerous in the Lions decisive 41-5 win over Montreal on Saturday. Arceneaux caught eight receptions for 145 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, while Winnipeg native Harris had four receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown and 12 carries for 72 yards. Harris currently is the league leader in rushing yards with 273 yards, sits third in the league in receiving yards with 245 and is tied for second in the league with thhree touchdowns. Comprar Adidas Gazelle Baratas. Edmonton defensive end Odell Willis is the defensive player of the week. He recorded his first career interception and returned it for his first career touchdown in the Eskimos 26-3 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Thursday. He also had two tackles, including a sack. Ottawa Redblacks kicker and punter Brett Maher is the special teams player of the week. Maher hit a 27-yard field goal with under a minute to play in the game as the Redblacks earned their first franchise win, beating the Toronto Argonauts 18-17 on Friday. Maher also kicked field goals from 48, 32, 30, 26 and 22 yards. ' ' '

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