Capsules on tip women’s players during a 2016 US Open

Women to watch during a U.S. Open, that starts Monday:

SERENA WILLIAMS

Seeded: 1

Age: 34

Country: United States

2016 Match Record: 33-5

2016 Singles Titles: 2

Career Singles Titles: 71

Major Titles: 22 — U.S. Open (’99, ’02, ’08, ’12, ’13, ’14), Wimbledon (’02, ’03, ’09, ’10, ’12, ’15, ’16), Australian Open (’03, ’05, ’07, ’09, ’10, ’15), French Open (’02, ’13, ’15)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: ’15-Lost in Semifinals, ’14-Won Championship, ’13-W, ’12-W, ’11-Lost in Final

Topspin: A year ago, came within dual victories of initial calendar-year Grand Slam given Steffi Graf’s in 1988, though mislaid to Roberta Vinci in U.S. Open semifinals. … Part of Williams’ year’s wait for her 22nd vital singles title, that she got during Wimbledon final month, equaling Graf’s Open-era record. Now seeks No. 23 during Flushing Meadows. … Can turn initial lady with 7 U.S. Open titles in veteran era. … Will tie Graf’s record of 186 uninterrupted weeks during No. 1 in WTA rankings, though could dump from tip mark after U.S. Open.

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ANGELIQUE KERBER

Seeded: 2

Age: 28

Country: Germany

2016 Match Record: 47-14

2016 Singles Titles: 2

Career Singles Titles: 9

Major Titles: 1 — Australian Open (’16)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: ’15-3rd, ’14-3rd, ’13-4th, ’12-4th, ’11-SF

Topspin: Could have overtaken Serena Williams during No. 1 in a rankings by winning pretension on tough courts in Cincinnati this month, though mislaid in a final. Has another possibility to pierce adult to No. 1 for initial time, depending on U.S. Open results. … Very initial Grand Slam semifinal coming came during Flushing Meadows 5 years ago. … Beat Williams in Australian Open final in January, afterwards mislaid to her in Wimbledon final in July. … Won china award during Rio Olympics.

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GARBINE MUGURUZA

Seeded: 3

Age: 22

Country: Spain

2016 Match Record: 28-13

2016 Singles Titles: 1

Career Singles Titles: 3

Major Titles: 1 — French Open (’16)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: ’15-2nd, ’14-1st, ’13-Did Not Play, ’12-1st, ’11-DNP

Topspin: Won initial Grand Slam pretension during Roland Garros in June, violence Serena Williams in a final. … One of 3 players who could take over from Williams during No. 1 after a U.S. Open. … Has a 1-3 career record in New York, though her prosaic strokes and intrepid character should work on a Flushing Meadows tough courts.

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VENUS WILLIAMS

Seeded: 6

Age: 36

Country: United States

2016 Match Record: 21-11

2016 Singles Titles: 1

Career Singles Titles: 49

Major Titles: 7 — U.S. Open (’00, ’01), Wimbledon (’00, ’01, ’05, ’07, ’08)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: ’15-QF, ’14-3rd, ’13-2nd, ’12-2nd, ’11-2nd

Topspin: Bowed out of Rio Olympics in initial turn of singles and doubles, though stranded around for churned doubles and wound adult earning a china award with Rajeev Ram. … Experienced something of a rebirth during Wimbledon, creation it to a semifinals during a Grand Slam contest for a initial time given a 2010 U.S. Open. … Last year during Flushing Meadows, done it to a quarterfinals before losing to her younger sister Serena.

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MADISON KEYS

Seeded: 8

Age: 21

Country: United States

2016 Match Record: 34-11

2016 Singles Titles: 1

Career Singles Titles: 2

Major Titles: 0 — Best: SF, Australian Open (’15)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: ’15-4th, ’14-2nd, ’13-1st, ’12-DNP, ’11-2nd

Topspin: Coming off a semifinal run during a Rio Olympics and now staid into a tip 10. … Her power-based game, built around a large offer and forehand, would seem to be improved matched to a U.S. Open’s tough courts than her formula have shown. … Pulled out of a Connecticut Open tuneup contest a week before Flushing Meadows with a bad neck.

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PETRA KVITOVA

Seeded: 14

Age: 26

Country: Czech Republic

2016 Match Record: 25-17 (playing in Connecticut Open)

2016 Singles Titles: 0

Career Singles Titles: 17

Major Titles: 2 — Wimbledon (’11, ’14)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: ’15-QF, ’14-3rd, ’13-3rd, ’12-4th, ’11-1st

Topspin: The U.S. Open is a usually Grand Slam contest where she hasn’t reached a semifinals. … Won a bronze award in singles during a Rio Olympics, looking utterly gentle on a delayed tough court.

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