Venus Williams Among 5 Players Set to Rise in the WTA Rankings in 2013

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Venus Williams Among 5 Players Set to Rise in the WTA Rankings in 2013
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Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams dominated women's tennis in 2012 with all four Grand Slam singles titles split between them.

And while they appear to have the top three spots in the rankings fairly secure, a group of players is poised to either hit new heights or return to prior levels of success, offering a solid challenge to the WTA's big three.

Following is a look at five—among them all-time great Venus Williams—who could make some major inroads on the standings in the season ahead.

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