Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Eight Aiming to Be Great .

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Eight Aiming to Be Great .

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Serena Williams

Age 21, US, world ranking: 1 After rough treatment from the French crowd when she lost to Justine Henin-Hardenne, the defending champion is a wounded animal. Her failure in Paris ended a run of four Slam triumphs and at Wimbledon she will be very short odds to hold on to the title.

Kim Clijsters

Age 20, Belgium, world ranking: 2 Is lovely Kim just too nice to become a Slam champion? Her awful display in the French final appeared to confirm that nice girls don't always get what they deserve but those close to the Belgian insist there is enough steel to win the most coveted crown in the game. No matter what happens, you will see that genuine smile brightening up the tournament.

Justine Henin-Hardenne Age 21, Belgium, world ranking: 3 Dogged determination, quality ground strokes and now the French Open title. Her backhand is a punishing weapon and she has every reason to expect another appearance in the final. Not the biggest player on the circuit but has a huge heart.

Venus Williams

Age 23, US, world ranking: 4 Has lost her way recently and doesn't appear to be too bothered. Of course, she still wants to win titles but Serena is more focused and it will take a huge effort for Venus to prove the doubters wrong. …

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