Tennis players at the 2008 Summer Olympics

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  1. Serena Williams
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    Serena Williams

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    Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) is an American professional tennis player who is ranked No. 1 in women's singles tennis. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has ranked her world No. 1 in singles on six separate occasions. She became the world No. 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002, and achieved this ranking for the sixth time on February 18, 2013. Williams has spent 256 weeks overall as the WTA ranked #1 as of August 30, 2015, placing her 4th on the List of WTA number 1 ranked players. On July 13, 2015 she marked the first time in WTA history that the No. 1 player had more than twice as many points as No. 2. She is the reigning champion of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open, WTA Tour Championships and Olympic women's singles and doubles.


  2. Venus Williams
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    Venus Williams

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    Venus Ebony Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an American professional tennis player who is a former World No. 1 and is ranked World No. 11 in singles as of February 1, 2015. She has been ranked World No. 1 in singles by the Women's Tennis Association on three separate occasions, for a total of eleven weeks. She became the World No. 1 for the first time on February 25, 2002, becoming the first black American woman to achieve this feat during the Open Era. She is credited as changing the women's game and ushering a new, modern era of power and athleticism on the women's professional tennis tour. She is also regarded as the best grass court player of her generation and is widely considered as one of the all-time greats of women's tennis.


  3. Rafael Nadal
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    Rafael Nadal

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    Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera (born 3 June 1986) is a Spanish professional tennis player currently ranked world No. 8. He is widely regarded as one of the finest clay court players in history and has been titled "The King of Clay". His evolution into an all-court threat has established him as one of the greatest players in tennis history, with some considering Nadal to be the greatest player of all time.


  4. Roger Federer
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    Roger Federer

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    Roger Federer (born 8 August 1981) is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 2 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). Many commentators and players regard Federer as the greatest tennis player of all time. Federer turned professional in 1998 and has been ranked inside the top 10 since October 2002.


  5. Daniela Hantuchová
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    Daniela Hantuchová

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    Daniela Hantuchová (born 23 April 1983) is a Slovak tennis player. She turned professional in 1999 and had her breakthrough year in 2002, when she won her first WTA tournament, the Indian Wells Masters, defeating Martina Hingis in the final and becoming the lowest-ranked player to ever win the tournament. She also reached the quarterfinals of that year's Wimbledon Championship and US Open, ending the year in the top 10. She was also part of the Slovak team that won the 2002 Fed Cup and the 2005 Hopman Cup.


  6. Sania Mirza
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    Sania Mirza

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    Sania Mirza (born 15 November 1986) is an Indian professional tennis player, currently ranked world No. 1 in women's doubles. From 2003 until her retirement from singles in 2013, she was ranked by the Women's Tennis Association as India's No. 1 player, both in singles and doubles. Throughout her career, Mirza has established herself as the most successful female Indian tennis player in history and one of the highest-paid and high-profile athletes in the country.


  7. Novak Djokovic
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    Novak Djokovic

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    Novak Djokovic (Serbian: Novak Đoković, Новак Ђоковић, born 22 May 1987) is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 1 in men's singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He is generally considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time and a top 5 player in the Open Era. He is coached by former Slovak tennis player Marián Vajda and former German tennis player and six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker.


  8. Caroline Wozniacki
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    Caroline Wozniacki

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    Caroline Wozniacki (born 11 July 1990) is a Danish professional tennis player. She is a former World No. 1 on the WTA Tour, having held this position for 67 weeks. She was the first woman from a Scandinavian country to hold the top ranking position and 20th overall.


  9. Elena Dementieva
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    Elena Dementieva

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    Elena Viacheslavovna Dementieva (Russian: Еле́на Вячесла́вовна Деме́нтьева, born 15 October 1981) is a retired Russian tennis player. Dementieva won the singles gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, having previously won the silver medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. She won 16 WTA singles titles, reached the finals of the 2004 French Open and 2004 US Open and reached seven other Grand Slam semi finals. Dementieva was also part of the Russian team that won the 2005 Fed Cup, won the 2002 WTA Championship doubles with Janette Husárová and was the runner-up in two US Open doubles finals – in 2002 with Husárová and in 2005 with Flavia Pennetta. Dementieva achieved a career-high ranking of World No. 3, which was accomplished on 6 April 2009. She announced her retirement on 29 October 2010, after her final match at the 2010 WTA Tour Championships. Dementieva ended her career ranked World No. 9 and between 2003 and 2010 she only ended one year, in 2007, outside the top 10.


  10. Victoria Azarenka
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    Victoria Azarenka

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    Victoria Azarenka (Belarusian: Вікторыя Фёдараўна Азаранка, Łacinka Viktoryja Fjodoraŭna Azaranka Russian: Викто́рия Фёдоровна Аза́ренко, Viktoriya Fyodorovna Azarenko; born 31 July 1989) is a Belarusian professional tennis player. She is a former world No. 1 and is currently world No. 21 as of 17 August 2015.


  11. Nicole Vaidisova
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    Nicole Vaidisova

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    Nicole Vaidišová (born 23 April 1989) is a Czech professional tennis player. She announced an official comeback in September 2014, having previously retired from the sport in March 2010.


  12. Dominika Cibulková
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    Dominika Cibulková

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    Dominika Cibulková (born 6 May 1989) is a professional Slovak tennis player. Known for her quick and aggressive style of play, she has won four career singles titles.


  13. Agnieszka Radwanska
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    Agnieszka Radwanska

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    Agnieszka "Aga" Radwańska [aɡˈɲɛʂka radˈvaɲska](born 6 March 1989) is a Polish professional tennis player. Radwańska achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 2 in July 2012 and is currently ranked World No. 7 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA). Known for constructing points and making intelligent use of the court, she has won fourteen career singles titles.


  14. Jelena Jankovic
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    Jelena Jankovic

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    Jelena Janković (Serbian Cyrillic: Јелена Јанковић, born 28 February 1985) is a Serbian professional tennis player. Janković is a former World No. 1 in singles, a ranking achieved in the months following her finals appearance at the 2008 US Open. Janković's career highlights include winning the 2007 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles title with Jamie Murray, the 2010 BNP Paribas Open, the Internazionali BNL d'Italia twice, in 2007 and 2008, and the aforementioned appearance in the finals of the 2008 US Open. She is coached by her brother Marko.


  15. Gisela Dulko
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    Gisela Dulko

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    Gisela Dulko (born 30 January 1985, in Buenos Aires) is a retired professional tennis player from Argentina. Although she enjoyed a modest success in singles, reaching world no. 26, and winning four WTA Tour titles; her speciality has been doubles, where she has been a world no. 1 player. Partnering with Flavia Pennetta, Dulko won the 2010 WTA Tour Championships and the 2011 Australian Open in doubles. Also, Dulko reached the mixed doubles final at the 2011 US Open, with Edward Schwank. She is remembered for her ability to upset the big names on the tour, such as Maria Sharapova in the 2nd round of Wimbledon in 2009; and Samantha Stosur in the 3rd round of Roland Garros in 2011. She also beat Martina Navratilova in the 2nd round of Wimbledon in 2004 in Navratilova's final grand slam singles match.


  16. Gael Monfils
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    Gael Monfils

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    Gaël Sébastien Monfils (born 1 September 1986) is a French professional tennis player. Monfils is a former French No. 1, reaching a career-high singles ranking of World No. 7 and winning 5 singles titles. He was the runner-up at the Paris Masters in 2009 and 2010 and a semifinalist at the 2008 French Open.


  17. Tsvetana Pironkova
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    Tsvetana Pironkova

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    Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgarian: Цветана Кирилова Пиронкова) (born 13 September 1987) is a Bulgarian tennis player and the current no. 1 Bulgarian in the WTA rankings. Pironkova is right-handed and plays with a two-handed backhand. She is best known for reaching the semifinals of Wimbledon at the 2010 Championships and the quarterfinals the following year (earning her the nickname "The Wimbledon Darkhorse"), and for defeating Venus Williams three times at Grand Slam tournaments, twice at Wimbledon. She has won one WTA title at 2014 Apia International and six ITF titles in her career. Her highest WTA Singles ranking is 31 which she achieved on 13 September 2010. Pironkova has been recognized by The New York Times for her "cerebral" grass-court abilities, and named one of the most beautiful women in sports by MSN.


  18. James Blake
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    James Blake

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    James Riley Blake (born December 28, 1979) is an American retired professional tennis player. Blake is known for his speed and powerful, flat forehand. During his career, Blake had amassed 24 singles finals appearances (10–14 record), while his career-high singles ranking was World No. 4. His career highlights included reaching the final of the 2006 Tennis Masters Cup, the semifinals of the Beijing Olympics and the quarterfinals of the Australian Open (2008) and US Open (2005, 2006), as well as being the former American No. 1. His two titles for the United States at the Hopman Cup are an event record. Blake was a key performer for the United States 2007 Davis Cup championship team, going 2–0 in the championship tie vs. Russia at second singles.


  19. Lleyton Hewitt
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    Lleyton Hewitt

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    Lleyton Glynn Hewitt (/ˈltən ˈhjuːɨt/; born 24 February 1981) is an Australian-born professional tennis player and former world No. 1 who now resides in The Bahamas.


  20. Svetlana Kuznetsova
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    Svetlana Kuznetsova

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    Svetlana Aleksandrovna Kuznetsova (Russian: Светла́на Алекса́ндровна Кузнецо́ва; born 27 June 1985) is a Russian professional tennis player and currently No. 18 in the WTA singles and No. 170 in the doubles ranking. Kuznetsova has appeared in four Grand Slam singles finals, winning two, and has also appeared in seven doubles finals, winning twice. As a doubles player, Kuznetsova has reached the finals of each grand slam at least once, winning the Australian twice. She has qualified five times for the round-robin stage of the WTA Tour Championships but has never qualified for the semifinals.


  21. Flavia Pennetta
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    Flavia Pennetta

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    Flavia Pennetta (born 25 February 1982) is an Italian professional tennis player. She became Italy's first top-10 female singles player on 17 August 2009 and also the first Italian tennis player to be ranked No. 1 in doubles on 28 February 2011. She is a Grand Slam singles champion, having won the 2015 US Open.


  22. Andy Murray
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    Andy Murray

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    Andrew Barron Murray OBE (born 15 May 1987) is a Scottish professional tennis player, currently ranked world No. 3. He started playing tennis at the age of three, entered his first competitive tournament at age five and was playing league tennis by the time he was eight. He is known to be one of the most consistent players on the tour, having reached at least the quarter-finals of all Grand Slam Tournaments he has participated in since 2011. When he was 15 he moved to Barcelona to train at the Sánchez-Casal Academy. He won the junior US Open in 2004 and turned professional the following year. Murray has been ranked as British No. 1 since 27 February 2006. He achieved a top-10 ranking by the ATP for the first time on 16 April 2007, and reached a career peak of world No. 2 on 17 August 2009.


  23. Tatiana Golovin
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    Tatiana Golovin

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    Tatiana Golovin (Russian: Татья́на Голови́на, Tatyana Golovina; born 25 January 1988) is a former Russian-born French professional tennis player. She won the 2004 French Open mixed doubles event with Richard Gasquet, and reached the singles quarterfinal at the 2006 US Open, losing to the eventual champion Maria Sharapova. Her highest singles ranking to date is 12. In 2008 she was diagnosed with lower back inflammation and was forced to stop playing competitive tennis indefinitely.


  24. Juan Mónaco
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    Juan Mónaco

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    Juan Mónaco (born March 29, 1984 in Tandil), nicknamed "Pico", is a male tennis player from Argentina. He has won eight singles titles; reached the semifinals of the 2010 Shanghai Masters and the 2012 Miami Masters; and achieved a career-high singles ranking of world no. 10 in July 2012.


  25. Lindsay Davenport
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    Lindsay Davenport

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    Lindsay Ann Davenport (born June 8, 1976) is an American former World No. 1 retired professional tennis player. She was ranked World No. 1 on eight different occasions, for a total of 98 weeks. She is one of five women who have been the year-end World No. 1 at least four times (1998, 2001, 2004, and 2005) since 1975; the others are Chris Evert, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Serena Williams. She has achieved the No. 1 ranking in doubles as well.


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