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SIMONA HALEP Rank: 1 Country: Romania Age: 27 2018 Match Record: 46-11 2018 Singles Titles: 3 Career Singles Titles: 18 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 — French Open (2018) Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-Runner-Up, 2017-Lost in 1st Rd, 2016-1st Rd, 2015-QF, 2014-QF Aces: Will remain at No. 1 at the end of the Australian Open, regardless of results there, giving her 48 weeks in a row at the top spot.

ANGELIQUE KERBER Rank: 2 Country: Germany Age: 30 (31 on Jan. 18) 2018 Match Record: 46-19 2018 Singles Titles: 2 Career Singles Titles: 12 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 3 — Australian Open (2016), Wimbledon (2018), U.S. Open (2016) Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-SF, 2017-4th, 2016-Won Championship, 2015-1st, 2014-4th Aces: Ranked among the top seven players in percentage of break-points converted, return points won and return games won in 2018.

CAROLINE WOZNIACKI Rank: 3 Country: Denmark Age: 28 2018 Match Record: 41-17 2018 Singles Titles: 3 Career Singles Titles: 30 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 — Australian Open (2018) Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-W, 2017-3rd, 2016-1st, 2015-2nd, 2014-3rd Aces: Only woman to rank among the top 10 on tour last year in both percentage of service points won and return points won.

NAOMI OSAKA Rank: 4 Country: Japan Age: 21 2018 Match Record: 40-20 2018 Singles Titles: 2 Career Singles Titles: 2 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 — U.S. Open (2018) Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-4th, 2017-2nd, 2016-3rd, 2015-Did Not Play, 2014-DNP Aces: Breakout season included first two WTA titles and run to U.S. Open trophy in September showed the world what those in tennis have seen for quite some time: She has booming shots and an in-match confidence to match.

SLOANE STEPHENS Rank: 5 Country: United States Age: 25 2018 Match Record: 37-19 2018 Singles Titles: 1 Career Singles Titles: 6 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 — U.S. Open (2017) Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-1st, 2017-DNP, 2016-1st, 2015-1st, 2014-4th Aces: Tied for WTA lead in 2018 with five victories over opponents ranked in top 5. … First-serve percentage of 69.6 led tour last year.

KAROLINA PLISKOVA Rank: 7 Country: Czech Republic Age: 26 2018 Match Record: 49-23 2018 Singles Titles: 2 Career Singles Titles: 12 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0 — Best: RU, U.S. Open (2016) Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-QF, 2017-QF, 2016-3rd, 2015-3rd, 2014-2nd Aces: Topped tour in match wins last season. … Ranked No. 2 in aces with 393. … Won hard-court tuneup title in Brisbane to open 2019.

PETRA KVITOVA Rank: 8 Country: Czech Republic Age: 28 2018 Match Record: 47-17 2018 Singles Titles: 5 Career Singles Titles: 25 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 2 — Wimbledon (2011, 2014) Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-1st, 2017-DNP, 2016-2nd, 2015-3rd, 2014-1st Aces: Led the tour in titles last season; only woman to win trophies on three surfaces (hard, clay, grass).

ARYNA SABALENKA Rank: 11 Country: Belarus Age: 20 2018 Match Record: 46-22 2018 Singles Titles: 2 Career Singles Titles: 3 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0 — Best: 4th, U.S. Open (2018) Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-1st, 2017-DNP, 2016-DNP, 2015-DNP, 2014-DNP Aces: Opened season by winning title at Shenzhen, China. … Went 21-8 in 3-setters last year, the most such wins on tour.

ASHLEIGH BARTY Rank: 15 Country: Australia Age: 22 2018 Match Record: 46-19 2018 Singles Titles: 2 Career Singles Titles: 3 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0 — Best: 4th, U.S. Open (2018) Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-3rd, 2017-3rd, 2016-DNP, 2015-DNP, 2014-1st Aces: Was No. 1 on tour last season in percentage of service points won, at 63.5. … Was No. 4 in aces, with 297.

SERENA WILLIAMS Rank: 16 Country: United States Age: 37 2018 Match Record: 18-6 2018 Singles Titles: 0 Career Singles Titles: 72 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 23 — Australian Open (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017), French Open (2002, 2013, 2015), Wimbledon (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016), U.S. Open (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014) Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-DNP, 2017-W, 2016-RU, 2015-W, 2014-4th Aces: Hasn’t won a title of any sort in two years, when she picked up No. 7 in Melbourne while pregnant. That also gave her 23 majors in all, a record for the professional era and one shy of Margaret Court’s all-time record.

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