More Aussie Open Prep: Eight Teenagers Poised to Make Headlines in Melbourne

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More Aussie Open Prep: Eight Teenagers Poised to Make Headlines in Melbourne
Harrison's ready to serve 'em up Down Under

It wasn't too long ago that prodigies ruled the tennis landscape. Many of the game's modern legends celebrated extraordinary success in their formative years on tour – Chris Evert, Tracy Austin and Boris Becker all captured Grand Slams before the age of 20. Steffi Graf and Serena Williams beat opponents into submission to capture their first majors at 17. Michael Chang was the same age when he stunned the tennis world to take the '89 French. Heck, Martina Hingis captured three major titles mere months after blowing the candles off her 16th birthday cake. 

But the extreme youth talent movement has faded some from the sport. In past decade, there've been just two teenage Slam winners -- 17-year-old Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in '04, 19-year-old Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros in '05 -- and fewer finishing in the top echelons of the respective tour rankings. The women's circuit has fared better than the men's, with recent stars like Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka holding down spots at the top of the game after their teenage breakthroughs. Meanwhile, ATP wunderkinds from the past few seasons -- like Kei Nishikori and Donald Young -- saw their careers deflate after sparking the interest of the public eye. Age restrictions, injuries, inexperience, burn out and the increasing physicality and depth of the tours have all contributed to the near-disappearance of Slam-toting phenoms.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Melanie Oudin are two current teens known prominently around the world -- but what about the other young guns that are prepping to go far at the year's first major? Here are eight you should keep an eye on.

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