The Names in The Game, Part 2

June 28, 2005 04:04 PM
Andre Agassi
THE LOWDOWN: One of the greatest athletes in the history of sport, “The Legend” may well be a more complete player now than ever before… With eight Slam titles to his credit, including the ’94 and ’99 US Opens, Agassi is very much capable of owning another summer on cement… Last year’s third-place Series finisher, count on this legend to continue to grow.

Lleyton Hewitt
THE LOWDOWN: Feisty and fiery, “The Rebel” owns a rage for perfection that has won him two Slam titles, including the ’01 US Open… The top point-earner among the men in last year’s US Open Series, the man from Down Under is used to finishing on top… $2 million can make any Rebel yell.

Maria Sharapova
THE LOWDOWN: “The ‘It’ Girl” has it all… A Slam winner at 17, Sharapova figures to pin up many more titles before she’s through… This part-time model is a full-time threat, particularly on hard courts, as she proved this spring in reaching the semis of Indian Wells and the final at Key Biscayne.

Venus Williams
THE LOWDOWN: “The Goddess” plays a heavenly game that has often lifted her into the divine state known only to champions... A two-time US Open winner, Williams is widely admired for her poise and presence... Runner-up at last year’s Bank of the West Classic, she has the stuff to cast a magic spell on an entire summer.

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