Australian Open 2013: Breaking Down Top 8 Wild Card Players in Women's Draw

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Australian Open 2013: Breaking Down Top 8 Wild Card Players in Women's Draw
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Though the 2013 tennis season is already under way, all but the most devoted tennis fans will first begin to tune in this week at the Australian Open.

While many of tennis's best have had their tickets to Melbourne ready for months, some of the most promising young competitors in the sport have only recently earned their way to the Australian Open by receiving a wild-card entry, either through wild-card tournaments or wild-card selections.

Eight players earned wild-card entries on the women's side of the draw, representing both a few of the sport's most exciting up-and-comers and experienced veterans.

Here is a look at these eight athletes.

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