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Black History Month

Black History Month: Today's Stars - Women

Venus and Serena Williams have won 12 career Grand Slam doubles titles together as a team.
Sloane Stephens won girls' doubles titles at three of the four junior Grand Slams in 2010.
Gabrielle Andrews (second from left) and Taylor Townsend (far right) were two of the three members of the U.S. team that won its fourth consecutive World Junior Championship in 2010.

 

GABRIELLE ANDREWS
Born: Dec. 23, 1996
Resides: Pomona, Calif.

  • 2012: Won Australian Open girls' doubles title with partner Taylor Townsend.
  • 2011: Reached final of the 2011 Easter Bowl 18s division, losing to Kyle McPhillips and won doubles at the same event with partner Taylor Townsend... Reached second round of the 2011 US Open girls' singles draw and doubles final with Townsend... Won doubles at USTA International Spring Championships with Townsend.
  • Formerly the top-ranked girls' 14s player in the country.
  • Has swept the singles and doubles titles at three USTA national championships in the last year, including the girls' 18s Winter National Championships (2010), the girls' 14s Easter Bowl (2010) and the girls' 14s USTA Winter National Championships (2009).
  • Helped lead the U.S. team to its fourth consecutive World Junior Tennis title (14-and-under version of Fed Cup) in 2010.
  • Swept the singles and doubles titles at the AEGON International, one of the most prestigious 14-and-under tournaments in the world.
 
BRITTANY AUGUSTINE
Born: Sept. 19, 1991
Resides: El Segundo, Calif.
  • 2011: Won two matches to qualify for the main draw at the USTA Pro Circuit Charlottesville Challenger... Took home a Pro Circuit doubles title with partner Elizabeth Lumpkin in the $10,000 Williamsburg, Va. event.
  • Reached the semifinals of the $10,000 event in Brownsville, Texas, in 2009, her best USTA Pro Circuit showing.
  • Practiced with the Williams sisters and Lindsay Davenport while on the 2003 Junior U.S. Fed Cup Team.
  • Was one of the top junior players in the country, reaching the No. 1 ranking in the girls' 12s and 14s during her career... Won the girls' 18 doubles title (with Asia Muhammad) at the 2006 USTA National Clay Court Championships, for the fourth gold ball of her career... In 2005, won girls' 16 doubles titles (also with Muhammad ) at the USTA National Clay Court Championships and the Easter Bowl, as well as the doubles title at Les Petits As, the most prestigious event in the world for players aged 14 and under, held in Tarbes, France.
  • Father was a pro soccer player in Trinidad and Tobago.
 

ANGELA HAYNES
Born: Sept. 27,1984, Victorville, Calif.
Resides: Irvine, Calif.

  • Found success at the Grand Slams in the early stages of her career, advancing to the third round of the 2004 US Open and taking a set from Serena Williams in the first round of Wimbledon in 2005. Injuries have proved troublesome since, but Haynes has remained a steady presence in American tennis.
  • In 2008, advanced to the semifinals of tour-level Quebec City as a qualifier (falling to then-world No. 11 Nadia Petrova). The following year, reached the third round at Indian Wells, qualified for two WTA events, won a round in qualifying at the French Open and Wimbledon, and advanced to the final round of qualifying at the US Open.
  • Overall, holds eight career USTA Pro Circuit doubles titles, including a victory at the $25,000 event in El Paso, Texas, in 2010 with Ahsha Rolle, along with two career singles titles.
 
MADISON KEYS
Born: Feb. 17, 1995, Boca Raton, Fla.
  • 2011: Turned heads at the 2011 US Open at age 16, defeating Jill Craybas & becoming the youngest woman to win a main draw match in Queens since 2005... Reached semifinals (l. Sesil Karatantcheva) of USTA Pro Circuit $75,000 Phoenix event... Won 2012 Australian Open Wild Card Playoffs in Atlanta for a spot in the main draw.
  • Is among the most promising young American players and already has achieved success on the professional level... In 2009, became the youngest player (14 years, 48 days) since Martina Hingis in 1994 to win a WTA match, defeating Alla Kudryavtseva in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and the youngest ever to compete in World TeamTennis, where she defeated Serena Williams in a singles match.
  • Continued her ascent in 2010 on the USTA Pro Circuit, advancing to the semifinals of five events, winning her first professional title at the $10,000 event in Cleveland and reaching the final at the $25,000 event in Bayamon, P.R.... Also received a wild card into the 2010 US Open Qualifying Tournament, where she lost in three sets in the first round.
  • A standout junior, was a girls’ 16s finalist at the 2008 Dunlop Orange Bowl and won the 2010 Pan-American Closed Championships.


RAQUEL KOPS-JONES
Born: Dec. 8, 1982, in Fresno, Calif.
Resides: Fresno, Calif.

  • 2011: Reached Round of 16 at the Australian Open in women's doubles with partner Abigail Spears... With Spears, won Quebec City and reached finals in Nassau, Nottingham & Carlsbad. 
  • Won two WTA doubles titles in 2009.
  • Holds 13 career USTA Pro Circuit titles, 12 in doubles.
  • Was a five-time All-American at the University of California-Berkeley and became the first Cal player named ITA National Senior Player of the Year (2004)... Won the 2003 NCAA Doubles Championship with partner Christina Fusano. The duo finished the year ranked No. 3 nationally and was named ITA Doubles Team of the Year.
 
MEGAN MOULTON-LEVY
Born: March 11, 1985
Resides: Monroe, Mich.
  • 2011: Playing doubles exclusively, won the USTA Pro Circuit $50,000 tournament in the Bronx, N.Y. with Ahsha Rolle & reached finals in Prague, Waterloo, Lexington & Grapevine with various partners.
  • Teamed with Lindsay Lee-Waters to win more doubles titles than any other team on the USTA Pro Circuit in 2010. Captured the doubles title at the $75,000 event in Albuquerque, N.M., and the $50,000 events in Las Vegas, Grapevine, Texas, and Carson, Calif.
  • Former All-American at College of William & Mary… First player in school history to reach the singles semifinals at the NCAA Championships (2006)… Also reached the doubles final at the 2007 NCAA Championships.


ASIA MUHAMMAD
Born: April 4, 1991, Henderson, Nev.
Resides: Las Vegas

  • 2011: Teamed with Alexa Glatch to win USTA Pro Circuit $75,000 Albuquerque doubles draw, defeating the duo of Grace Min & Melanie Oudin in the final. Also won events at Waterloo & Carson with partner Alexandra Mueller... As a single, reached quarterfinals in $50,000 Boston & Raleigh events.
  • Learned to play tennis at the Andre Agassi Boys and Girls Club in Las Vegas, where she trained to become a top-10 junior.
  • In 2009, won the doubles title at the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championships with partner Christina McHale, earning a wild card into the women’s doubles main draw at the US Open... Also at the Open that year, upset the top seed of the girls’ singles draw en route to the round of 16.
  • Reached her first $50,000 final on the USTA Pro Circuit in 2008 in Las Vegas and has since become a USTA Pro Circuit regular. In 2010, advanced to the quarterfinals of the $50,000 events in Carson, Calif., and Lexington, Ky., and won the doubles title at the $50,000 event in Troy, Ala.
  • Muhammad’s father, Ronald, played basketball at USC, and her mother, Faye, was an All-American basketball player at Long Beach State.


SHENAY PERRY
Born: July 6, 1986 in Washington, D.C.
Resides: Coral Springs, Fla.

  • Retired from professional tennis in September 2010.
  • Played consistently on the WTA Tour in 2010, qualifying for the Australian Open and Wimbledon (reaching the second round at the All England Club) and competing in the French Open
  • Reached the third round at the French Open and the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2006 to peak at No. 40 in the world. Her rise up the rankings was halted, however, when she suffered a knee injury that kept her from playing singles events from mid-2007 to mid-2008. Healthy once again in 2009, Perry won $75,000 USTA Pro Circuit events in Dothan, Ala., and Albuquerque, N.M., and qualified for the US Open, where she advanced to the second round.
  • For her career, Perry holds 15 USTA Pro Circuit titles (eight singles, seven doubles), and she has reached the quarterfinals or better four times on the WTA Tour.


AHSHA ROLLE
Born: March 21, 1985 in Miami Shores, Fla.
Resides: Miami Shores, Fla.

  • 2011: Won back-to-back doubles titles with Mashona Washington at the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit events in Plantation, Fla., and Lutz, Fla., and later in the year won in the Bronx, N.Y. with partner Megan Moutlon-Levy... As a single, reached quarterfinals at the $100,000 Midland Challenger and the semifinals in Boston.
  • In 2010, reached the quarterfinals at eight USTA Pro Circuit events (including the $75,000 event in Albuquerque) and won two doubles titles.
  • In 2008, qualified for the Olympus US Open Series event in Los Angeles and won a singles match as a member of the U.S. Fed Cup team in the World Group semifinals against Russia.
  • Broke through at the 2007 US Open, upsetting then-world No. 18 Tatiana Golovin en route to the third round... That same year, qualified for the Australian Open and reached the third round at the WTA event in Indian Wells, defeating No. 29 seed Meghann Shaughnessy in the second round.
  • Is a 12-time champion on the USTA Pro Circuit (three singles, nine doubles).
 
SLOANE STEPHENS
Born: March 20, 1993, Lauderhill, Fla.
Resides: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • 2011: First career WTA Top 100 finish & youngest ranked player in the year-end Top 100... Reached career-first WTA quarterfinal in Carlsbad... Reached the thrid round of the 2011 US Open... Won first ITF Women's Circuit title at Reggio Emilia event in Italy. 
  • Was one of the stars of the world junior circuit in 2010, winning the girls’ doubles titles (with Timea Babos) at the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open... Also reached the singles quarterfinals or better at the same three junior Slams, including the semifinals in Flushing Meadows.
  • Also in 2010, won her first professional Tour-level match at the WTA event in Indian Wells, Calif., beating Lucie Hradecka... In Circuit play, reached her first career final at an ITF Circuit event in Italy and advanced to the semifinals at a $50,000 event in Toronto.
  • Her 2010 results followed a stellar 2009, when Stephens climbed to No. 5 in the ITF junior world rankings.
  • In 2008, she helped lead the U.S. to the Junior Fed Cup title and teamed with Robert Kendrick to upset the No. 1 seeds in mixed doubles at the US Open.
 
ALEXANDRA STEVENSON
Born: Dec. 21, 1980, LaJolla, Calif.
Resides: San Diego
  • 2011: Reached quarterfinals of the USTA Pro Circuit $100,000 Midland Challenger.
  • In 2010, Stevenson, the daughter of basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving, reached the semifinals at the $50,000 event in Grapevine, Texas, as well as the quarterfinals at two additional $50,000 events.
  • First made waves in professional tennis more than a decade ago, becoming the first female qualifier in Wimbledon history to reach the semifinals... Was ranked in the year-end Top 100 each year from 1999 to 2003 and peaked at No. 18 in the world in 2002 after reaching her second WTA Tour final of the year.
  • Injuries drove her rankings into the 600s in 2005, but Stevenson rebounded to climb back into the Top 200 in 2009, advancing to the final at the $50,000 event in Carson, Calif., for her best result on the USTA Pro Circuit since winning the $50,000 event in Midland, Mich., in 1998.

TAYLOR TOWNSEND
Born: April 16, 1996
Resides: Stockbridge, Ga.
  • 2012: Won the Australian Open girls' singles & doubles (with partner Gabrielle Andrews) championships.
  • 2011: Reached two ITF Women's Circuit semifinals in Atlanta & Carlsbad in singles... Appeared in her first US Open women's doubles draw, reaching the third round with partner Jessica Pegula... As a junior single, won the Pan American ITF Championships... In juniors doubles, reached the US Open girls' doubles final with partner Gabrielle Andrews and won the Easter Bowl & USTA Spring Invitiational doubles draws.
  • Was a member of the U.S. team that won its fourth consecutive World Junior Tennis title (14-and-under version of Fed Cup) in 2010.
  • Won girls' 14s doubles titles at the USTA National Clay Court Championships and the Easter Bowl... Also finished in third place in singles at the Easter Bowl.
  • Reached doubles finals at the AEGON International and Les Petits As, two of the premier 14-and-under events in the world.
  • Picked up her first gold ball by winning the girls' 12s doubles title at the 2008 USTA National Clay Court Championships... Also finished runner-up in singles.
 
SACHIA VICKERY
Born: May 11, 1995
Resides: Miramar, Fla.
  • 2012: Won the Copa Del Cafe singles draw in Costa Rica.
  • 2011: Reached the US Open girls' singles Round of 16, losing to top seed Caroline Garcia... Was a semifinalist at the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship in December... After advancing from the qualifying round, reached the semifinals of the Candaian Open Junior Championships.
  • Reached the final at the 2010 International Spring Championships and the round of 16 at the 2010 US Open junior championships.
  • Reached the semifinals at the $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Evansville, Ind., in 2009.
  • Won the girls’ 14s title at the 2008 Easter Bowl. … Helped lead the U.S. team to consecutive titles at the 14-and-under World Junior Tennis Championships in 2008-09.
  • Has worked with Venus and Serena Williams' father, Richard.
 
MASHONA WASHINGTON
Born: May 31, 1976, Flint, Mich.
Resides: Houston
  • 2011: With partner Alexa Glatch, won the $50,000 Las Vegas doubles draw, as well as $25,000 tournaments in Plantation and Lutz, Fla. with Ahsha Rolle... Participated in 14th career US Open, teaming with Michael Russell in the mixed doubles draw.
  • Finished 2004 ranked No. 50 in the world after reaching her first WTA final, in Tokyo, and advancing to the quarterfinals at the Olympus US Open Series events in Stanford, Calif., and New Haven, Conn., where she defeated then-world No. 7 Maria Sharapova.
  • In 2005, achieved her best showing in a Grand Slam by reaching the third round at Wimbledon. Her rise was halted when she suffered a knee injury in July 2006 while playing for the U.S. Fed Cup team in Belgium. Due to the injury, she did not compete in singles again for more than a year.
  • Washington returned to the winner’s circle in May 2008, qualifying and taking the title at the $50,000 event in Carson, Calif., for her third career USTA Pro Circuit singles title. She also holds 13 career USTA Pro Circuit doubles titles, including back-to-back $25,000 crowns in Florida in January 2010 and a third title, won at the $50,000 event in Grapevine, Texas, in November 2010... She also picked up titles at the first two events on the 2011 calendar, teaming with Ahsha Rolle to win the $25,000 events in Plantation, Fla., and Lutz, Fla.


SERENA WILLIAMS
Born: Sept. 26, 1981, Saginaw, Mich.
Resides: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

  • 2012: Reached the Round of 16 for a 12th consecutive Grand Slam tournament (l. to Ekaterina Makarova) at the Australian Open.
  • 2011: Returned from various injuries (foot laceration, pulmonary embolism) in time for Wimbledon (l. to Marion Bartoli, Round of 16)... Won her first US Open Series title on the strength of summer wins in Stanford and Toronto... At the 2011 US Open, reached her 17th Grand Slam final and fifth in Flushing Meadows, losing to Samantha Stosur.
  • Finished 2010 ranked No. 4 in the WTA rankings -- her sixth career top-five season.
  • Won her 12th and 13th Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon and is now sixth on the all-time list for most Grand Slam singles titles... Is the first player in the Open Era to win five Australian Opens.
  • Played only four other events in 2010 due to injuries... Missed three months early in the season with a left knee injury and all post-Wimbledon events with a right foot injury.
  • Spent most of the 2010 season at No. 1 until being replaced by Caroline Wozniacki on Oct. 11 (career tally is now 123 weeks at No. 1: 57 weeks from July 8, 2002, to Aug. 10, 2003; four weeks from Sept. 8 to Oct. 5, 2008; 11 weeks from Feb. 2 to April 19, 2009; two weeks from Oct. 12-25, 2009; and 49 weeks from Nov. 2, 2009, to Oct. 10, 2010).
  • With sister Venus, won their 11th and 12th Grand Slam doubles titles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. They are now 12-0 together in Grand Slam doubles finals... Rose to No. 1 in doubles on June 7 (co-No. 1 with Venus), and they are the third pair ever to occupy the top two spots in both singles and doubles after Hingis/Novotna and Hingis/Davenport.
  • Won her 11th career Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon in 2009, defeating sister Venus in the final... With Venus, captured three of the four Grand Slam doubles titles in 2009 (all except Roland Garros)... Finished the year winning the season-ending Sony Ericsson Tour Championships singles title and ranked No. 1 in the world.
  • In 2009, became the first female player to ever surpass $6 million in prize money for a single season.
  • Captured the 10th Grand Slam singles title of her career by defeating Dinara Safina in the final of the 2009 Australian Open, regaining the world's No. 1 ranking with the victory... Also won the women's doubles title with Venus in Melbourne.
  • Her Grand Slam singles titles include five Australian Opens (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010), one French Open (2002), four Wimbledons (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010) and three US Opens (1999, 2002, 2008)... Her Grand Slam doubles championships were all won with sister Venus and include four Australian Opens (2001, 2003, 2009, 2010), one French Open (1999), five Wimbledons (2000, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2010) and two US Opens (1999, 2009).
  • Has won a total of 37 singles titles, 20 doubles titles and two mixed doubles titles so far in her career.
  • Is the sixth woman in the Open Era to win nine or more Grand Slam singles titles, joining Margaret Court, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf and Monica Seles).
  • Won her second Olympic gold medal in doubles with Venus at the 2008 Games in Beijing... Won her first in 2000.
  • Became the all-time career prize-money leader in women's sports after advancing to the final of the 2009 Australian Open, eclipsing both Lindsay Davenport, who was the previous prize-money leader in women's tennis, as well as the LPGA's Annika Sorenstam.
  • Competed on U.S. Fed Cup teams in 1999, 2003, 2007.
  • Turned professional at age 14 in November 1995 and played her first tournament in Québec City, Canada.


VENUS WILLIAMS
Born: June 17, 1980, Lynwood, Calif.
Resides: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

  • 2011: Withdrew from Australian Open in the third round, citing a hip injury.... Sidelined six months, returning in time for Wimbledon (l. to Tsvetana Pironkova, Round of 16)... Withdrew from US Open before second round (Sjögren's syndrome)... Ranked No. 102 at end of year, first time out of the top 50 since 1997.
  • Finished 2010 ranked in the top 5 for the first time since 2002 and the sixth time overall... Won her 42nd and 43rd WTA titles at Dubai and Acapulco and extended her winning streak to 15 matches by reaching the Miami final (was longest WTA win streak of season)... Reached fourth final of year at Madrid and the semifinals once, at the US Open... Also advanced to the Australian Open and Wimbledon quarterfinals.
  • With sister Serena, won their 11th and 12th Grand Slam doubles titles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. They are now 12-0 together in Grand Slam doubles finals... Rose to No. 1 in doubles on June 7 (co-No. 1 with Serena), and they are the third pair ever to occupy the top two spots in both singles and doubles (Hingis/Novotna and Hingis/Davenport).
  • Withdrew from 2010 Stuttgart with right knee tendonitis and from Cincinnati, Montréal, Beijing and the WTA Championships with a knee injury.
  • Finished as the runner-up at Wimbledon in 2009 to sister Serena and with Serena won three of the four Grand Slam women's doubles titles (all except Roland Garros).
  • Won her 40th and 41st career singles titles in 2009 at Dubai and Acapulco and finished the season ranked No. 6 in the world, having been as high as No. 3 during the year.
  • Won the women's doubles title with sister Serena at the 2009 Australian Open for their 10th career Grand Slam women's doubles titles(Australian Open, 2001, 2003, 2009; French Open, 1999; Wimbledon, 2000, 2002, 2008, 2009; US Open, 1999, 2009), all won with Serena.
  • Has also captured a total of seven Grand Slam singles titles, winning five times at Wimbledon (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008) and two times at the US Open (2000, 2001).
  • Finished 2008 ranked in the top 10 for the ninth time in her career... The year was highlighted by winning her fifth Wimbledon singles title, making her third on the list in the Open Era behind Navratilova's nine and Graf's seven championships at the All England Club... Also won her first career Tour Championships title.
  • Picked up her 500th career win against Samantha Stosur in the first round of the US Open.
  • Won her second Olympic gold medal in women's doubles with sister Serena.
  • Surpassed $20 million in career prize money earnings, along with Serena, making the sisters the fifth and sixth women in Tour history to do so, after Navratilova, Graf, Davenport and Hingis.
  • Has won a total of 43 singles titles, 19 doubles titles and two mixed doubles titles so far in her career.
  • Played on U.S. Fed Cup teams in 1999, 2003-05 and 2007 and on U.S. Olympic teams in 2000, 2004 and 2008.
  • Made her pro debut in Oakland in 1994.
 
 

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