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Penpix of five leading contenders for the women's singles title at the US Open, which begins at Flushing Meadows on Monday:

SERENA WILLIAMS (USA)

World ranking: 1

Age: 31

Birthdate: September 26, 1981

Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, USA

Residence: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA

Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

Weight: 155 lbs (70 kg)

Plays: Right-handed

Turned pro: 1995

Coach: Richard Williams/Patrick Mouratoglou

Website: www.serenawilliams.com

Twitter: @serenawilliams

Career singles titles: 54

Grand Slam singles titles: 16 (Australian Open 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, French Open 2002, 2013, Wimbledon 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, US Open 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012)

Career prize money: $47,262,995

Best US Open result: Champion (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012)

- Williams enters US Open off a loss to Azarenka in the Cincinnati final but she won titles in Bastad and Toronto after a fourth-round exit at Wimbledon and took her second French Open title in June for her 16th Grand Slam crown, two behind Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova.

VICTORIA AZARENKA (BLR)

World ranking: 2

Age: 24

Birthdate: July 31, 1989

Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco

Height: 6' (183 cm)

Weight: 145 lbs (66 kg)

Plays: Right-handed

Turned pro: 2003

Coach: Sam Sumyk

Website: www.vikaazarenkatennis.com

Twitter: @vika7

Career singles titles: 17

Grand Slam singles titles: 2 (Australian Open 2012, 2013)

Career prize money: $21,125,604

Best US Open result: Runner-up (2012)

- Azarenka got her year off to a great start by defending her Australian Open title. She lost to Serena Williams in last year's US Open final but has won two of their three meetings this year, winning finals at Doha and Cincinnati with a loss in the Rome final.

AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA (POL)

World ranking: 4

Age: 24

Birthdate: March 6, 1989

Birthplace: Krakow, Poland

Residence: Krakow, Poland

Height: 5'8" (172 cm)

Weight: 123 lbs (56 kg)

Plays: Right-handed

Turned pro: 2005

Coach: Tomasz Wiktorowski

Website: www.agaradwanska.com

Twitter: @ARadwanska

Career singles titles: 12

Grand Slam singles titles: 0

Career prize money: $12,976,302

Best US Open result: Fourth round (2007, 2008, 2012)

- Lost in the Wimbledon semi-finals for her best Grand Slam showing since losing to Serena Williams in the 2012 Wimbledon final. Won back-to-back titles at Sydney and Auckland at the beginning of the year.

SARA ERRANI (ITA)

World ranking: 5

Age: 26

Birthdate: April 29, 1987

Birthplace: Bologna, Italy

Residence: Bologna, Italy

Height: 5'4" (164 cm)

Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)

Plays: Right-handed

Turned pro: 2002

Coaches: Pablo Lozano and David Andres

Website: www.saraerrani.com

Twitter: @SaraErrani

Career singles titles: 7

Grand Slam singles titles: 0

Career prize money: $6,887,049

Best US Open result: Semi-finalist (2012)

- Made her best US Open run last year before falling to eventual champion Serena Williams in the semi-finals. Also lost to the world number one in this year's French Open semis after Errani had reached the Roland Garros final last year. Made first-round exits at Wimbledon and Australian Open. Moves up to fourth seed after withdrawal of Maria Sharapova, who ousted Errani at the Miami and Indian Wells quarter-finals.

LI NA (CHN)

World ranking: 6

Age: 31

Birthdate: February 26, 1982

Birthplace: Wuhan, China

Residence: Wuhan, China

Height: 5' 8 (172cm)

Weight: 143 lbs. (65 kg)

Plays: Right-handed

Turned pro: 1999

Coach: Carlos Rodriguez

Career singles titles: 7

Grand Slam singles titles: 1 (French Open 2011)

Career prize money: $11,469,360

Best US Open result: Quarter-finals (2009)

- The 2011 French Open winner reached her second Australian Open final in three years, losing to Azarenka. She matched her best run at Wimbledon by reaching the last eight, losing to Agnieszka Radwanska, and hopes to improve on her best US Open run by reaching the last four in New York. Comes off a Cincinnati semi-final loss to US Open top seed Serena Williams.

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