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Five other contenders

SERENA WILLIAMS


Nationality: American, Age: 34, World ranking: 1, Grand Slam titles: 21

Despite injury concerns, Williams insists she's ready to win her sixth Australian Open title.

With main rivals like Victoria Azarenka looking formidable, the world No. 1 might not have it easy this time.

GARBINE MUGURUZA

Nationality: Spaniard, Age: 22, 
World ranking: 3, Grand Slam titles: 0 


Started 2015 at what was then her career-high of world 
No. 21, but stormed to third by year-end, making her first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon and winning her biggest title yet in Beijing.

AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA

Nationality: Polish, Age: 26, 
World ranking: 4, Grand Slam titles: 0 


Finished strongly last year, when she won the biggest title of her career at the WTA Finals. Has began this season by retaining her title in Shenzhen.

MARIA SHARAPOVA

Nationality: Russian, Age: 28, 
World ranking: 5, Grand Slam titles: 5


Injury-plagued and hasn't been on court much since Wimbledon last year, when she lost to Williams in the semi-finals. Withdrew from last week's Brisbane International after hurting her forearm in practice.

VICTORIA AZARENKA

Nationality: Belarusian, Age: 26, 
World ranking: 16, Grand Slam titles: 2


Most likely contender to upset Williams' Grand Slam dominance. After an injury-plagued two years, Azarenka stormed her way to her second Brisbane International crown last week without dropping a set - her first title since she beat Williams in Cincinnati in 2013.

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