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Can't tell all the Eastern Europeans apart in the women's draw? Here's help

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Strengths and Weaknesses

Personality Trait

Recent Telling Quote

Fashion Note

Factoid

Who Plays Her in the Movie

SI Nickname

MARIASHARAPOVA Russia
AGE: 20 HT: 6'2" RANKING: No. 2
SI ODDS: 4–1
mariasharapova.com

Murderous ground strokes; bum shoulder may bluntserve

Icy cool

“I’ve got a few Range Rovers in my garage, and I don’tfeel I need another car. Maybe I’ll send [the wheels won in San Diego thismonth] to Russia”

Her little black cocktail tennis dress—she called ither ‚Äúnight dress‚Äù—was the talk of the Open last year

Favorite dessert is French crepes with Nutella

Téa Leoni

The Siberian Siren

JELENA JANKOVIC Serbia
AGE: 22 HT:5'9 1/2"
RANKING: No. 3
SI ODDS: 6–1
jelenajankovic.net

Muscular two-handed backhand; might be fatigued fromheavy schedule

Always cheerful

“In Serbia I cannot go out of the house without peopleon the street knowing who I am. I have a different look. I’m like a polar bear,because I’m a special species”

Wore an elegant long pink dress to the Wimbledon ballafter winning the mixed doubles with Jamie Murray

Told The New York Times that her favorite TV programis The Tyra Banks Show

Lucy Liu

Hammerin’ Jank

SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA
Russia
AGE: 22 HT: 5'8 1/2"
RANKING: No. 4
SI ODDS: 12–1
No website

Athleticism, big forehand; lacks self-belief at keymoments

Boundlessly outgoing

“My head was very tired and was asking me to take themout” (when asked at Wimbledon about having removed her cornrows)

A headband and a purple or white tennis dress

Her brother, Nikolai, won a silver medal in teampursuit at the ’96 Olympics. Their dad, Alexandr, is a cycling coach

Julia Stiles

K-Net

ANA IVANOVIC
Serbia
AGE: 19 HT: 6'0"
RANKING: No. 5
SI ODDS: 7–1
anaivanovic.com

Big serve, inside-out forehand; needs to work onmovement

Winsome

“I guess I can use this as experience. And next timeI’ll be in that situation, I will probably know how to deal with it better” (onlosing the 2007 French Open final)

Loves photo shoots nearly as much as winningmatches—her website is filled with modeling poses

Superstitions include not walking on the lines on thecourt

Milla Jovovich

NirvAna

DANIELA HANTUCHOVA
Slovakia
AGE: 24 HT: 5'11"
RANKING: No. 10
SI ODDS: 25–1
dhantuchova.com

Fluid, clean ground strokes; mentally shaky

Detached

“Now I know much, much more how to deal with any kindof situation that comes my way. I understand that . . . it’s O.K. sometimes tohave a bad day”

One of the most downloaded players on the Internet;her 44-inch legs are the longest on tour

Avid golfer; her favorite club is a nine-iron, withwhich she scored a hole in one in Perth, Australia, in 2003

Mischa Barton

Leg-O

NADIA PETROVA
Russia
AGE: 25 HT: 5'10"
RANKING: No. 8
SI ODDS: 15–1
nadia-petrova.ru

Hard serve, great hands; gets down on herself

Steadfast

“I can’t say I’m a great player, because it takeswinning a Grand Slam in my eyes”

Favors traditional white dresses and a whitevisor

Her mother, Nadezhda Ilyina, won a bronze medal at the’76 Olympics in the 4 x 400-meter relay

Michelle Williams

Game Ova

NICOLE VAIDISOA
Czech Republic
AGE: 18 HT: 6'0"
RANKING: No.14
SI ODDS: 18–1
vaidisova-nicole.com

Big serve, ground strokes; hasn’t played sinceWimbledon

Ambitious

“Yeah, I’m definitely influenced by America but stillkeeping my one Czech mind”

At the Open she plans to wear an aquamarine dress forday matches and a shimmering black-and-gold dress at night

Held her 18th birthday party at Stereo nightclub inNew York City

Amanda Bynes

The Bouncing Czech

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