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Williams’ level dipped in the second set of her 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 victory over Slovakia’s Viktoria Kuzmova, but Muguruza brushed aside Varvara Lepchenko, winning 6-0, 6-3, and Wozniacki beat Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-1, 7-5.Pliskova’s predecessor as world No 1, Angelique Kerber, suffered the latest setback in her disappointing year when she was beaten 6-3, 6-1 by 19-year-old Naomi Osaka.Says she decided just before age 4 to play tennis after watching Yannick Noah win 1983 Roland Garros on TV; was very honored when Noah picked her to compete on the 1998 French Fed Cup team ... Best memory of career is becoming the first French player to reach No.1 (in September 2004). Likes speed of downhill skiing, go karts, horseback riding, water surfing in Biarritz and listening to music by Dido ... Official Website: Received several awards in 2007, including Legion of Honor (presented in Paris by French President Jacques Chirac); Tour Player of the Year (for 2006 achievements); and Laureus Breakthrough of the Year (also for 2006 achievements); other awards include Commitment to Community Award from Florida Times-Union and Water's Edge Magazine (to recognize her support of the Phil Collins Little Dreams Foundation and contributions to Curie Institute of France) and Sanex's Prix du Public Award (in 2003; was public vote); and on June 14, 2004, named official ambassador of Habitat for Humanity (joint social cause of Tour/Whirlpool).- Has a life-size wax figure on display at the Grevin Wax Museum in Paris (inaugurated on May 28, 2003).- Served on the Tour Players' Council through 2002.- Junior achievements include winning singles at Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 1996 (d. Coetzer in final), then fell in QF at Charleston (l. Shaughnessy and Serna in those finals) and doubles title at 1996 Wimbledon (w/Barabanschikova); named 1996 ITF Junior World Champion.- Tour mentor was Karine Quentrec-Eagle in Partners for Success program. to Mart¡nez); QF twice, at Prague and New Haven; played all four Grand Slams for first time, best results being 3r at Australian Open and US Open.1999 - First Top 10 season; reached first Grand Slam final at Australian Open (saved mp in 1r win over Morariu, then made it all the way to final; l. to Hingis); best Grand Slam was 4r at Roland Garros (l. in Indian Wells 2r w/back injury and was off Tour for seven weeks; withdrew from all events in July and August (incl. to Hingis; snapped 16-match win streak) before winning Berlin (d. to Dokic in final); made Top 5 debut afterwards on May 21 (rose from No.6 to No.5); fell 1r at Roland Garros (l. Davenport w/back injury); QF three more times, at New Haven, US Open (l. SINGLESWinner (25): 2009 - Paris [Indoors]; 2007 - Antwerp; 2006 - Australian Open, Paris [Indoors], Antwerp, Wimbledon; 2005 - Antwerp, Rome, Philadelphia, Tour Championships; 2004 - Berlin, Rome, Montr‚al, Linz, Philadelphia; 2003 - Warsaw, Philadelphia; 2002 - Dubai, Montr‚al; 2001 - Paris [Indoors], Nice, Amelia Island, Berlin; 2000 - Sydney; 1999 - Bratislava; 1997 - ITF/Thessaloniki-GRE; 1995 - ITF/St. Finalist (23): 2007 - Dubai, Strasbourg, Eastbourne; 2006 - Doha, Beijing, Tour Championships; 2005 - Paris [Indoors], New Haven, Filderstadt; 2004 - Sydney, Amelia Island, Olympics, Filderstadt; 2003 - Paris [Indoors], Rome, Moscow, Tour Championships; 2001 - Rome; 2000 - Bol, Rome; 1999 - Australian Open, Paris [Indoors]; 1998 - Berlin. Australian Open).1997 - Played six Tour main draws, reaching 2r four times, incl. to Graf); fell in Australian Open and Wimbledon qualifying; won one singles title on ITF Circuit; made Top 100 debut on December 22 (at No.100).1998 - First Top 100 season; reached first Tour singles final at Berlin (ranked No.65, saved mp vs. to Hingis); also won first Tour singles title at Bratislava (d. US Open) w/back injury and from Tour Championships w/left leg injury.2001 - Second Top 10 season; won four Tour singles titles, first three in a row at Paris [Indoors] (d. to Capriati) and Filderstadt; fell 1r at Tour Championships (l. DOUBLESWinner (3): 2009 - Miami (w/Kuznetsova); 2006 - Eastbourne (w/Kuznetsova); 2000 - Linz (w/Rubin); 1995 - ITF/Le Touquet-FRA (w/Wainwright), ITF/Saint Raphael-FRA (w/Quillot). ADDITIONALFrench Fed Cup Team, 1998-99, 2001-09; French Olympic Team, 2000, 2004.1993 - Played first event of career on ITF Circuit in France.1994 - Continued to play on ITF Circuit.1995 - Played first Tour main draw at Roland Garros, falling 1r (was WC into qualifying); won one singles title and two doubles titles on ITF Circuit.1996 - Won first Tour main draw matches at Roland Garros (l. Clijsters in final), finished runner-up at Paris [Indoors] (l. Williams); SF twice, at Rome and Linz; QF twice, at New Haven and Tokyo [Princess Cup]; made Top 10 debut on May 10; fell 1r in first Tour Championships (l. to Testud).2002 - Third Top 10 season; won two Tour singles titles, at Dubai (d. Capriati in final); SF six times, most notably at Wimbledon (l. to Davenport); sprained right ankle in doubles at Roland Garros, missing Wimbledon as a result.2000 - Finished at No.16 after season highlighted by second Tour singles title at Sydney (d. Davenport between September 1999-April 2000; runner-up twice, at Bol (l.
Halep’s lead is such that Muguruza would overtake her only by reaching the fourth round or better.A big hitter with an aggressive game, the Japanese teenager had never previously beaten an opponent ranked in the world’s top 10.By 3.30pm all remaining matches on other courts were called off for the day because of the weather, leaving only the programme in Arthur Ashe Stadium.The tally of outright winners - 28 for Pliskova and only nine for Linette – was evidence of Pliskova’s superior firepower.
The 25-year-old Czech, who has hit more aces than any other player on the women’s tour this year, has a big game which is well suited to the fast courts here. Henin in SF, falling to Clijsters in final); SF three times, QF five times (incl.