Are you a tennis fan? How many of these top players do you know?
( Updated: 08/25/2014 )
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Fabio Fognini, Italy. Fognini became the first Italian to reach the Top 20 since 1978. With a career high rank of No. 13, he is the top Italian player and has won three singles titles. Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters
Agnieszka Radwańska, Poland, achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 2 in July 2012. At the beginning of the 2014 US Open she is ranked No. 5 in the world. Andres Kudacki/AP
Sara Errani, Italy, has won seven career singles titles, including the 2012 French Open, and 24 career doubles titles. As a doubles player she, and her partner Roberta Vinci, have won all Grand Slam tournaments, except for Wimbledon. She reached the No. 1 ranking in the world in Sept. 2012. Regis Duvignau/Reuters
Kei Nishikori, Japan. Nishikori is the first Japanese player ever to reach the Top 10. In May 2014 he reached a career high No. 9 ranking in the world. This year he has won two of his five singles titles. At the beginning of the 2014 US Open, he has a ranking of No. 11. Susana Vera/Reuters
Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic, is known for her powerful left-handed shots. She reached her career-high ranking of world No. 2 in October 2011. Kvitova became a Grand Slam Champion when she won the 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon Championships. At the beginning of the 2014 US Open she is ranked No. 4 in the world. Andrea Comas/Reuters
Milos Raonic, Canada. Raonic was the ATP Newcomer of the Year in 2011. With a current singles ranking of No. 6, he is the top ranked Canadian. Milos has won six ATP singles titles. Eric Gaillard/Reuters
Angelique Kerber, Germany, won a career-high singles ranking of World No. 5 in Oct. 2012, and has three WTA career singles titles. At the beginning of the 2014 US Open she is ranked No. 7 in the world. Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters
Simona Halep, Romania, is currently ranked a career high No. 2 in the world. Halep won her first six WTA titles in 2013 (a feat that was last achieved by Steffi Graf in 1986 when she won her first 7). Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP
Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria. Since finishing as the No. 3 junior in the world in 2008, the 23-year-old Dimitrov has won four ATP singles titles and is currently ranked a career high No. 8. The only Bulgarian to ever reach the Top 20, his nickname is “Baby Federer.” Gregorio Borgia/AP
Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia, at only 5'3" is known for her quick and aggressive style of play, she has won four WTA career singles titles. At the beginning of the 2014 US Open she is ranked No. 13 in the world. Her career high ranking was No. 10 earlier this year. Vincent Kessler/Reuters
Eugenie Bouchard, Canada, was named WTA 2013 Newcomer of the Year and is the second Canadian to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam (2014 Australian). At age 20 she just won her first career singles title in Nuremberg. Her current and highest WTA ranking is No. 16 (May 2014). Daniel Karmann/dpa/AP
Ernest Gulbis, Latvia. In 2013, Gulbis went up 115 spots in the rankings and reached the Top 30 for the first time since 2010. At the beginning of the 2014 US Open he is ranked No. 12 in the world. Gulbis was named after Ernest Hemingway and is known as one of the funnier personalities on the tour. Andres Kudacki/AP
Sloane Stephens, United States, at age 21, was ranked of No. 11 in the world (May 2014), is seen as the logical successor of the Williams sisters. At the beginning of the 2014 US Open her ranking has dropped to No. 24. Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters
Sabine Lisicki, Germany, has won three career singles titles. Her highest WTA ranking is No. 12. In 2013 she was the Wimbledon runner up. Alastair Grant/AP
Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain, currently ranked at No. 16 in the world, has performed especially well in Grand Slam tournaments where she has reached the quarter finals at the Australian, French, and US Open. Daniel Maurer/dpa/AP
Stan Wawrinka, Switzerland, reached the Top 10 for the first time in his career at the US Open in 2013. At the beginning of the 2014 US Open his ranking dropped one spot to No. 4. He is the current Australian Open Champion. Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters
Kevin Anderson, South Africa. Currently ranked 20th in singles with a career high of 18th, Anderson has won two singles titles. The 6’8’’ South African played three seasons of college tennis in the United States at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was a three-time All-American. Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports NPStrans TopPic
Serena Williams won her third consecutive US championship Sunday night in New York, defeating Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets. It was her 18th career Grand Slam title.
ByHoward Fendrich, Associated Press
A couple of months before Serena Williams capped her dominant run to a third consecutive US Open championship and 18th major singles title Sunday night, she sat down with coach Patrick Mouratoglou to decipher why the season had been such a struggle by her standards.