Women of the Australian Open: 2013 Version

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The first Grand Slam of the season, held each January in Melbourne, is always filled with surprises. Last year, Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka claimed the singles titles. The 2013 event takes place from Jan. 14-27. Meet some of this year's top contenders (as well as underdogs) and let us know who you think will prevail.

Serena Williams © Jason O'Brien/Action Images/ZUMAPRESS.com

Serena Williams was pegged as the one to beat.  The five-time Australian Open champion has been victorious in 52 of her last 54 matches, winning Wimbledon, the US Open and Olympic gold as well as WTA Player of the Year.

Williams came face to face with the next generation of U.S. tennis when she took on 19-year-old Sloane Stephens in the quarter-finals on Wednesday and guess what? Serena is not the one moving on.

NEW: NEXT PHOTO: Sloane Stephens

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