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Year in Review: Serena Williams

All hail Serena Williams, Queen of Tennis, Duchess of Clay, Countess of Hard Courts. She reigned supreme throughout the year earning 2 major titles at Roland Garros and at the US Open.  Two years after fearing that she would never play again, Serena Williams, 32, is the #1 player in the world and was the last woman standing at the 2013 WTA Championships in Istanbul.  Serena won 11 tournaments all over the world and closed out the year holding 17 major titles.  Here's a look back at Serena's dominant 2013:  JANUARY  Won 47th WTA title at Brisbane (d. Pavlyuchenkova in final);  Reached QF at Australian Open (l. to Stephens).  FEBRUARY  Runner-up at Doha (l. to Azarenka in final). MARCH  Won 48th WTA title at Miami (d. Sharapova in final).  APRIL  Won 49th WTA title at Charleston (d. Jankovic in final) MAY  Won 50th WTA title at Madrid (d. Sharapova in final);  Won 51st WTA title at Rome (d. Azarenka in final);  Won 16

Year in Review: Li Na

Li Na was the runner up at this year's WTA Championships. She went undefeated in round robin play and beat Petra Kvitova in the semi-finals before losing to Serena Williams in the championship match. Na will finish the year as the #3 women's tennis player in the world. Her ranking has been on an upswing since joining forces with coach Carlos Rodriguez in 2012. Na won her 7th WTA title in January and went on to be the runner-up at the Australian Open later that month and at the WTA Championships in October. Na also continued to charm the press. She was a cover girl in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential people in the world. Na was also featured in a great NY Times piece in the days leading up to the US Open, see Li Na's China's Tennis Rebel . Here's a recap of her year on tour: JANUARY  Won seventh WTA title at Shenzhen (d. Zakopalova in final); Reached SF at Sydney (l. to A.Radwanska);  Runner-up at Australian Open (l. to Azarenka in fina

Year in Review: Vika Azarenka

Its a wrap for Vika Azarenka's 2013 season. She won 3 titles including her second major at the Australian Open in January. Vika went on to win in Doha and Cincinnati showing off her hard court excellence. She ended up as runner-up at the US Open, losing to Serena Williams in a three-set final. Here's a look back at her year and her styles on and off the court. JANUARY  Reached SF at Brisbane (withdrew prior to match w/right toe injury);  Won second Grand Slam title at Australian Open (d. Li in final). FEBRUARY  Won 16th WTA title at Doha (d. S.Williams in final);  MARCH  Reached QF at Indian Wells (withdrew prior to match w/right ankle injury) APRIL  Did not play MAY Reached 2r at Madrid (l. to Makarova ); runner-up at Rome (l. to S.Williams in final); reached SF at Roland Garros (l. to Sharapova ).  JUNE  Reached 2r at Wimbledon (withdrew prior to match w/right knee injury). JULY  Runner-u

Year in Review: Aga Radwanska

Aga Radwanska went 0-3 in Round Robin matches at the 2013 WTA Championships in Istanbul. Aga won 3 titles this year - she started the year off strong in Australia, winning Auckland and Sydney. She bookended the strong start by winning Seoul in September. The Asia-Pacific region has been good to Aga. Here's a look back at her year on the tour. JANUARY : Won 11th WTA title at Auckland (d. Wickmayer in final);  Won 12th WTA title at Sydney (d. Cibulkova in final);  Reached QF at Australian Open (l. to Li).  FEBRUARY  Reached SF at Doha (l. to Azarenka);  Reached QF at Dubai (l. to Kvitova).  MARCH  Reached 4r at Indian Wells (l. to Kirilenko); reached SF at Miami (l. to S.Williams).  APRIL  Did not play.  MAY  Reached 2r at Madrid (l. to Robson);  Dropped opening match at Rome (after 1r bye, l. to Halep in 2r); Withdrew from Brussels w/right shoulder injury Reached QF at Roland Garros (l. to Errani).  JUNE  Fell

Glam Spin Style Court: WTA Championships 2013

The top ranked women broke out their best stylish duds for the Player Party at the WTA Championships 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. Can you imagine going from town to town all over the world for about 40 weeks of the year and getting dressed up for a random party with corporate sponsors? Welcome to the life of a WTA player. Screaming Winners: Serena Williams looks amazing in red. Hope her Nike kit for the tournament is in a similar shade. Also, her latest curly blond-highlighted weave looks really good. Aga Radwanska  looks fantastic from head to toe in a deep purple. She keeps it classy in the sheer sleeves and the shoes are to die for! Li Na looks good from head to mid-calf...... Get thee some self-tanner with those pale feet! Otherwise, I appreciate the effort and actually admire that Na barely looks recognizable. Ace: Honorable mentions   go to Petra Kvitova (wow, she's wearing flats in the pic and is the tallest in the photo) and Jelena Jankovic.