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It's Ova-whelming

Aug. 27, 2007
Aug. 27, 2007

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Aug. 27, 2007

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It's Ova-whelming

Can't tell all the Eastern Europeans apart in the women's draw? Here's help

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 Strengths and WeaknessesPersonality TraitRecent Telling QuoteFashion NoteFactoidWho Plays Her in the MovieSI Nickname
MARIASHARAPOVA Russia
AGE: 20 HT: 6'2" RANKING: No. 2
SI ODDS: 4–1
mariasharapova.com
Murderous ground strokes; bum shoulder may bluntserveIcy cool‚ÄúI‚Äôve got a few Range Rovers in my garage, and I don‚Äôtfeel I need another car. Maybe I‚Äôll send [the wheels won in San Diego thismonth] to Russia‚ÄùHer little black cocktail tennis dress—she called ither ‚Äúnight dress‚Äù—was the talk of the Open last yearFavorite dessert is French crepes with NutellaTéa LeoniThe Siberian Siren
JELENA JANKOVIC Serbia
AGE: 22 HT:5'9 1/2"
RANKING: No. 3
SI ODDS: 6–1
jelenajankovic.net
Muscular two-handed backhand; might be fatigued fromheavy scheduleAlways cheerful“In Serbia I cannot go out of the house without peopleon the street knowing who I am. I have a different look. I’m like a polar bear,because I’m a special species”Wore an elegant long pink dress to the Wimbledon ballafter winning the mixed doubles with Jamie MurrayTold The New York Times that her favorite TV programis The Tyra Banks ShowLucy LiuHammerin’ Jank
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA
Russia
AGE: 22 HT: 5'8 1/2"
RANKING: No. 4
SI ODDS: 12–1
No website
Athleticism, big forehand; lacks self-belief at keymomentsBoundlessly outgoing“My head was very tired and was asking me to take themout” (when asked at Wimbledon about having removed her cornrows)A headband and a purple or white tennis dressHer brother, Nikolai, won a silver medal in teampursuit at the ’96 Olympics. Their dad, Alexandr, is a cycling coachJulia StilesK-Net
ANA IVANOVIC
Serbia
AGE: 19 HT: 6'0"
RANKING: No. 5
SI ODDS: 7–1
anaivanovic.com
Big serve, inside-out forehand; needs to work onmovementWinsome‚ÄúI guess I can use this as experience. And next timeI‚Äôll be in that situation, I will probably know how to deal with it better‚Äù (onlosing the 2007 French Open final)Loves photo shoots nearly as much as winningmatches—her website is filled with modeling posesSuperstitions include not walking on the lines on thecourtMilla JovovichNirvAna
DANIELA HANTUCHOVA
Slovakia
AGE: 24 HT: 5'11"
RANKING: No. 10
SI ODDS: 25–1
dhantuchova.com
Fluid, clean ground strokes; mentally shakyDetached“Now I know much, much more how to deal with any kindof situation that comes my way. I understand that . . . it’s O.K. sometimes tohave a bad day”One of the most downloaded players on the Internet;her 44-inch legs are the longest on tourAvid golfer; her favorite club is a nine-iron, withwhich she scored a hole in one in Perth, Australia, in 2003Mischa BartonLeg-O
NADIA PETROVA
Russia
AGE: 25 HT: 5'10"
RANKING: No. 8
SI ODDS: 15–1
nadia-petrova.ru
Hard serve, great hands; gets down on herselfSteadfast“I can’t say I’m a great player, because it takeswinning a Grand Slam in my eyes”Favors traditional white dresses and a whitevisorHer mother, Nadezhda Ilyina, won a bronze medal at the’76 Olympics in the 4 x 400-meter relayMichelle WilliamsGame Ova
NICOLE VAIDISOA
Czech Republic
AGE: 18 HT: 6'0"
RANKING: No.14
SI ODDS: 18–1
vaidisova-nicole.com
Big serve, ground strokes; hasn’t played sinceWimbledonAmbitious“Yeah, I’m definitely influenced by America but stillkeeping my one Czech mind”At the Open she plans to wear an aquamarine dress forday matches and a shimmering black-and-gold dress at nightHeld her 18th birthday party at Stereo nightclub inNew York CityAmanda BynesThe Bouncing Czech



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