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By Nick Georgandis

August 19 
American Mary Joe Fernandez, who won two doubles Grand Slams and two Olympic gold medals, turns 42. Fernandez was ranked in the Top 5 in both singles and doubles in her career, and played in three Grand Slam singles finals - the 1990 and 1992 Australian Opens and the 1993 French Open. In doubles, she won 19 titles including the 1991 Australian Open with Patty Fendick and the 1996 French Open with Lindsay Davenport. She teamed up with Gigi Fernandez to win the gold in women's doubles at both the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympics. She also won the bronze medal at the 1992 Olympics for women's singles.

August 21 
Seven-time Grand Slam doubles winner and former doubles No. 1 Liezel Huber turns 37. Huber is a citizen of both South Africa and the United States. In women's doubles, she has five Grand Slam titles - two at Wimbledon (2005, 2007), two at the US Open (2008, 2011) and one at the Australian Open (2007). She lacks only the French Open to complete the career Grand Slam, she lost the final there in 2005. She also has won mixed doubles titles at the French Open (2009) and the US Open (2010). She is currently ranked No. 20 in women's doubles.

August 23 
International Tennis Hall of Fame member Nancy Richey turns 71. Richey won six Grand Slam titles before the Open Era began and heped the US To a Fed Cup victory in 1969. She won 69 titles overall. As a singles player, she won the 1967 Australian Championships and the 1968 French Open. In women's doubles, she claimed three of the four legs in 1966 (Australian, Wimbledon, US), and added the 1965 US Open.

Posted: 8/17/2013 10:51:16 PM