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Vania King (金久慈)
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King at the 2016 US Open
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceBoynton Beach, Florida, USA
Born (1989-02-03) February 3, 1989 (age 29)
Monterey Park, California, USA
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Turned proJuly 5, 2006
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$4,303,197
Singles
Career record267–245
Career titles1 WTA, 0 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 50 (6 November 2006)
Current rankingNo. 912 (16 July 2018)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2012)
French Open3R (2011)
Wimbledon2R (2006, 2009)
US Open3R (2009, 2011)
Doubles
Career record305-189
Career titles15 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 3 (6 June 2011)
Current rankingNo. 43 (16 July 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2012, 2016)
French OpenSF (2011)
WimbledonW (2010)
US OpenW (2010)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsSF (2010, 2011)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2018)
French OpenF (2009)
Wimbledon2R (2007, 2014)
US OpenQF (2006)
Last updated on: July 20, 2018.
Vania King
Chinese

Vania King (/ˈvɑːni/ VAHN-ee;[1][2] born February 3, 1989) is an American tennis player. King won both the 2010 Wimbledon and 2010 US Open women's doubles titles with Kazakhstani partner Yaroslava Shvedova.

Personal life[edit]

King's parents moved to the United States from Taiwan in 1982.[3] She is the youngest of four children. Her brother Phillip was a two-time All-American at Duke University and two-time US junior champion. Vania is a graduate of Long Beach Poly High School in California.

Tennis career[edit]

2006–2009[edit]

In 2006 King won her only WTA singles title at the PTT Bangkok Open, a Tier III tournament. She defeated Tamarine Tanasugarn in the final. On November 6, 2006, King achieved her career-high singles ranking of world no. 50.

In 2009, she reached the mixed doubles final at the French Open alongside Brazilian player Marcelo Melo, losing to top seeds Liezel Huber/Bob Bryan.

King lost in the second round of the 2009 Wimbledon Championships to no. 15 Flavia Pennetta. She played in the ladies doubles with Anna-Lena Grönefeld, losing in the quarterfinals to eventual champions Venus and Serena Williams.

At the 2009 U.S. Open, King was granted a wild card and had her best singles Grand Slam performance. She was defeated in the third round by world no. 22 Daniela Hantuchová.

2010[edit]

King began the year ranked no. 80 in the world at the Brisbane International. She reached the second round of the singles tournament, losing to Andrea Petkovic. In doubles, she partnered with Anna-Lena Grönefeld and lost in the first round to Timea Bacsinszky and Tathiana Garbin. King and Grönefeld fared better at the Medibank International in Sydney, where they were seeded fourth. They lost in the semifinals to Garbin and Nadia Petrova. In the singles tournament, King failed to qualify, losing in the first round of the qualifying tournament to top seed Ágnes Szávay, who went on to defeat Jelena Janković in the first round of the tournament.

At the 2010 Australian Open, King lost in the second round to Roberta Vinci. In doubles, she partnered with Grönefeld again and entered the tournament seeded 14th. They lost in the second round to Svetlana Kuznetsova and Victoria Azarenka.

King's next major tournament was the Memphis international in mid-February. She entered the singles tournament seeded seventh and lost in the second round to Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden. In the doubles tournament, she and partner Michaëlla Krajicek were seeded third and won the tournament without dropping a set, defeating Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Shaughnessy in the final.

King then traveled to the Monterrey Open. In doubles, she reunited with Groenefeld and reached the finals as the top seed, falling to second-seeded Benešová/Záhlavová. In singles, she lost in the quarterfinals to second seed Daniela Hantuchová.

At the BNP Paribas tournament in Indian Wells, King lost in the second round to second seed Caroline Wozniacki. She did not enter the doubles tournament. King fared better in the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami later that month. She partnered with Julie Coin and reached the quarterfinals of the doubles tournament, before losing to third seeds Petrova and Samantha Stosur, who went on to become the runners-up.

King's next Premier was the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, where she reunited with Krajicek and reached the final, before falling to top seeds Liezel Huber and Petrova. In singles, she lost to Petrova in the second round.

At the Madrid Masters, King paired with Chuang Chia-jung for the first time for the doubles tournament. They defeated fourth seeds Huber and Anabel Medina Garrigues, before falling in the quarterfinals to Pe'er and Francesca Schiavone. In singles, King lost in the first round to Karolina Šprem.

King then entered the Strasbourg International. In the doubles tournament, she partnered with Alizé Cornet and won the tournament after an injury to Lucie Hradecká forced top seeds Hradecká/Chuang to retire in the second round. King/Cornet defeated second seeds Rodionova/Kudryavtseva in the final for her 10th tour doubles title. In singles, King defeated second seed Elena Vesnina in the first round and reached the semifinals, before falling to Kristina Barrois.

At the 2010 French Open, she lost in the first round to Bethanie Mattek-Sands. She entered the mixed doubles tournament with Christopher Kas, reaching the semifinals, before falling to Shvedova and Julian Knowle. In women's doubles, she reunited with Michaëlla Krajicek and reached the second round, losing to fourth-seeded Petrova and Stosur.

At Wimbledon, King won the 2010 ladies' doubles title in straight sets with Kazakh partner Yaroslava Shvedova. They defeated Russians Elena Vesnina and Vera Zvonareva in the final.

At the 2010 US Open, King and Shvedova won their second Grand Slam doubles title, defeating the second-seeded pair Liezel Huber and Nadia Petrova in a rain-delayed final.

At the Stanford Classic, Vania lost to Romanian Sorana Cîrstea.[4]

2011[edit]

King and Shvedova made the finals of the US Open, losing to Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond.

King made it to the finals of five other WTA tournaments in the course of the year, one in Monterrey with Anna-Lena Grönefeld and in Rome, Cincinnati, Osaka, and Moscow with Shvedova. She and Shvedova won the events in Cincinnati in August and Moscow in October.

2012[edit]

King reached the third round of the Australian Open at the start of the year, losing to Ana Ivanovic. She had defeated Kateryna Bondarenko in the first round.

She reached the second round of the Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad in July, losing to Marion Bartoli.[5]

In doubles, she reached the final in Stanford with Jarmila Gajdošová and in Carlsbad with Nadia Petrova, but lost to Marina Erakovic and Heather Watson in Stanford and to Americans Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears in Carlsbad.

2013[edit]

In singles action in 2013, King lost in the Guangzhou final to Shuai Zhang. King lost in the second round of the French Open and in the first round of the other three Slans. In doubles that year, her best finish was a finals loss in Guangzhou.

2014[edit]

In doubles, King made the second round at the Australian Open partnering Galina Voskoboeva. They lost to the Czech/Dutch pair of Lucie Hradecká and Michaëlla Krajicek.

She partnered with Barbora Strýcová in Florianópolis, and they made it to the semifinals before being defeated by Anabel Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova. She was eliminated in the first round in Indian Wells, and the second round in Miami, but made it to the final in Bogotá, partnering Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa.

Partnering Jie Zheng of China, she made a quarterfinal appearance in Madrid, losing to Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. Then followed a series of first-round losses, including Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

She had some success in the late summer, making the quarterfinals in Washington, D.C. partnering Taylor Townsend and the third round at the US Open partnering Lisa Raymond.

In singles, she made the semifinals in Shenzhen, but had to concede a walkover. She made a first-round exit at the Australian Open at the hands of Carla Suárez Navarro. At the Pattaya Open, she was defeated by Elena Vesnina in the first round. A series of first-round defeats followed in Rio de Janeiro, Florianópolis, and Indian Wells.

She made the second round in Miami and Charleston, but it was not until April in Bogotá that she found some form and made it to the semifinals. She went down in the first round in both Roland Garros and Wimbledon, but she did make the quarterfinals in Washington, D.C..

At the US Open, she defeated Francesca Schiavone in the first round, but lost to eventual champion Serena Williams in the second round.

2015[edit]

King missed the first three Slams of 2015 due to injury. She lost in the first round of singles and the second round of doubles there in Flushing. The highlight of her year came on hard courts in Waco, where King and Nicole Gibbs won in November, defeating Julia Glushko and Rebecca Peterson 6-4, 6-4.

2016-2017[edit]

In 2017, King reunited with the doubles partner with whom she had had the most success, Yaroslava Shvedova. They made it to the semifinals in Sydney, where they lost to Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova.

At the Australian Open, King and Shvedova advanced to the third round, where they lost to Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and Andrea Petkovic. They were stopped in the second found of Indian Wells by the Japanese-Chinese pair of Shuko Aoyama and Zhaoxuan Yang. In Miami, they went on to the quarterfinals, where they again lost to Mirza and Strycova.

Significant finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2010 Wimbledon Grass Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova Russia Elena Vesnina
Russia Vera Zvonareva
7–6(8–6), 6–2
Winner 2010 US Open Hard Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova United States Liezel Huber
Russia Nadia Petrova
2–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 2011 US Open (2) Hard Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova United States Liezel Huber
United States Lisa Raymond
6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–7(3–7)

Mixed doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Date Championship Surface Partner Opponent Score
Runner-up 2009 French Open Clay Brazil Marcelo Melo United States Bob Bryan
United States Liezel Huber
7–5, 6–7(5–7), [7–10]

Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 finals[edit]

Doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2007 Tokyo Hard Australia Rennae Stubbs United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
6–7(6-8), 6–3, 5–7
Winner 2008 Tokyo (2) Hard Russia Nadia Petrova United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 2011 Rome Clay Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova China Peng Shuai
China Zheng Jie
2–6, 3–6
Winner 2011 Cincinnati Hard Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova South Africa Natalie Grandin
Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlířová
6–4, 3–6, [11–9]

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-up)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (1–2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–2)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Oct 2006 Bangkok Open, Thailand Tier III Hard Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn 2–6, 6–4, 6–4
Loss 1–1 Sep 2013 Guangzhou Open, China International Hard China Shuai Zhang 6–7(1–7), 1–6
Loss 1–2 Aug 2016 Jiangxi Open, China International Hard China Duan Yingying 6–1, 4–6, 2–6

Doubles: 33 (15 titles, 18 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (2–1)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (2–2)
Tier II / Premier (1–4)
Tier III, IV & V / International (10–11)
Titles by Surface
Hard (12–13)
Grass (1–2)
Clay (2–3)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Oct 2006 Guangzhou Open, China Tier III Hard Croatia Jelena Kostanić Tošić China Li Ting
China Sun Tiantian
4–6, 6–2, 5–7
Win 1–1 Oct 2006 Japan Open, Japan Tier III Hard Croatia Jelena Kostanić Tošić Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-Jan
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-Jung
7–6(7–2), 5–7, 6–2
Win 2–1 Oct 2006 Bangkok Open, Thailand Tier III Hard Croatia Jelena Kostanić Tošić Argentina Mariana Díaz Oliva
South Africa Natalie Grandin
7–5, 2–6, 7–5
Loss 2–2 Feb 2007 Pan Pacific Open, Japan Tier I Hard Australia Rennae Stubbs United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
6–7(6-8), 6–3, 5–7
Win 3–2 May 2007 Morocco Open, Morocco Tier IV Clay India Sania Mirza Romania Andreea Ehritt-Vanc
Russia Anastasia Rodionova
6–1, 6–2
Win 4–2 Sep 2007 Sunfeast Open, India Tier III Hard Russia Alla Kudryavtseva Italy Alberta Brianti
Ukraine Mariya Koryttseva
6–1, 6–4
Loss 4–3 Oct 2007 Guangzhou Open, China Tier III Hard China Sun Tiantian China Peng Shuai
China Yan Zi
3–6, 4–6
Loss 4–4 Oct 2007 Japan Open, Japan Tier III Hard Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung China Sun Tiantian
China Yan Zi
6–1, 2–6 [6–10]
Loss 4–5 Feb 2008 Thailand Open, Thailand Tier IV Hard Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-Jan
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-Jung
4–6, 3–6
Win 5–5 Sep 2008 Pan Pacific Open, Japan Tier I Hard Russia Nadia Petrova United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
6–1, 6–4
Win 6–5 Nov 2008 Tournoi de Québec, Canada Tier III Hard Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld United States Jill Craybas
Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn
7–6(7–3), 6–4
Win 7–5 Jan 2009 Brisbane International, Australia International Hard Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld Poland Klaudia Jans
Poland Alicja Rosolska
3–6, 7–5, [10–5]
Win 8–5 Sep 2009 Tournoi de Québec, Canada (2) International Hard Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová Sweden Sofia Arvidsson
France Séverine Beltrame
6–1, 6–3
Win 9–5 Feb 2010 U.S. National Indoor, United States International Hard Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
United States Meghann Shaughnessy
7–5, 6–2
Loss 9–6 Mar 2010 Monterrey Open, Mexico International Hard Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
6–3, 4–6, [8–10]
Loss 9–7 Apr 2010 Volvo Car Open, United States Premier Clay Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek United States Liezel Huber
Russia Nadia Petrova
3–6, 4–6
Win 10–7 May 2010 Internationaux de Strasbourg, France International Clay France Alizé Cornet Russia Alla Kudryavtseva
Australia Anastasia Rodionova
3–6, 6–4, [10–7]
Loss 10–8 Jun 2010 Rosmalen Championships, Netherlands International Grass Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova Russia Alla Kudryavtseva
Australia Anastasia Rodionova
6–3, 3–6, [6–10]
Win 11–8 Jul 2010 Wimbledon, United Kingdom Grand Slam Grass Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova Russia Elena Vesnina
Russia Vera Zvonareva
7–6(8–6), 6–2
Win 12–8 Sep 2010 US Open, United States Grand Slam Hard Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova United States Liezel Huber
Russia Nadia Petrova
2–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Loss 12–9 Mar 2011 Monterrey Open, Mexico International Hard Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
7–6(10–8), 2–6, [6–10]
Loss 12–10 May 2011 Italian Open, Italy Premier 5 Clay Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova China Peng Shuai
China Zheng Jie
2–6, 3–6
Win 13–10 Aug 2011 Cincinnati Open, United States Premier 5 Hard Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova South Africa Natalie Grandin
Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlířová
6–4, 3–6, [11–9]
Loss 13–11 Sep 2011 US Open, United States Grand Slam Hard Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova United States Liezel Huber
United States Lisa Raymond
6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–7(3–7)
Loss 13–12 Oct 2011 Japan Women's Open, Japan International Hard Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm
China Zhang Shuai
5–7, 6–3, [9-11]
Win 14–12 Oct 2011 Kremlin Cup, Russia Premier Hard (i) Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova Australia Anastasia Rodionova
Kazakhstan Galina Voskoboeva
7–6(7–3), 6–3
Loss 14–13 Jul 2012 Bank of the West Classic, United States Premier Hard Australia Jarmila Gajdošová New Zealand Marina Erakovic
United Kingdom Heather Watson
5–7, 6–7(7–9)
Loss 14–14 Jul 2012 Southern California Open, United States Premier Hard Russia Nadia Petrova United States Raquel Kops-Jones
United States Abigail Spears
2–6, 4–6
Loss 14–15 Sep 2012 Korea Open, South Korea International Hard Uzbekistan Akgul Amanmuradova United States Raquel Kops-Jones
United States Abigail Spears
6–2, 2–6, [8–10]
Loss 14–16 Sep 2013 Guangzhou Open, China International Hard Kazakhstan Galina Voskoboeva Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
China Peng Shuai
3-6, 6-4, [10-12]
Loss 14–17 Apr 2014 Copa Colsanitas, Colombia International Clay South Africa Chanelle Scheepers Spain Lara Arruabarrena
France Caroline Garcia
6–7(5–7), 4–6
Win 15–17 Jan 2016 Shenzhen Open, China International Hard Romania Monica Niculescu China Xu Yifan
China Zheng Saisai
6–1, 6–4
Loss 15–18 Jun 2016 Birmingham Classic, United Kingdom Premier Grass Russia Alla Kudryavtseva Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková
Czech Republic Barbora Strýcová
3–6, 6–7(1–7)

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 W–L
Australian Open LQ 1R 1R LQ 2R 2R 3R 1R 1R 2R 1R 5–9
French Open 1R 1R 2R LQ 1R 3R 2R 2R 1R LQ 1R 5–9
Wimbledon 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R LQ 2–9
US Open 2R 2R 1R 1R 3R 2R 3R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R 10–13
Win–Loss 1–1 2–3 0–4 1–4 3–2 2–4 5–4 3–4 1–4 1–4 0–1 2–2 0–1 1–2 22–40
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian Wells 3R 2R 2R 1R 2R 1R 3R 1R 1R 2R 1R 8–11
Miami 2R 2R 2R LQ 1R 1R 2R LQ 2R 2R 6–8
Madrid Not Held LQ LQ 2R 1R LQ 1–2
Beijing Not Held Not Tier 1 2R 1R LQ 1–2
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
Dubai Not Held 0–0
Rome 1R 1R 2R LQ 2R 2–4
Cincinnati Not Held Not Tier I 1R 1R 1R 2R 1–4
Canada 1R LQ 2R 1R LQ 1–3
Tokyo Not Tier I LQ 3R 1R 2–2

Women's doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L
Australian Open A A A A 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R QF 1R 2R A QF 3R QF 0 / 11 14–11
French Open A A A 1R 1R 1R 3R 2R SF QF 3R 1R A 1R A 3R 0 / 11 14–11
Wimbledon A A A 1R 1R 3R QF W 2R 1R 3R 1R A 2R A 3R 1 / 11 17–11
US Open A A 1R 2R 3R 1R 3R W F 3R 2R 3R 2R 3R A 1 / 12 24–12
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–3 3–4 2–4 7–4 14–2 10–4 8–4 5–4 3–4 1–1 6–4 2–1 7–3 2 / 45 69–45
Year-End Championship
WTA Tour Championships A A A A A A A SF SF A A A A A A 0 / 2 0–2
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian Wells A A A A QF 1R 1R A QF 2R 1R 1R A QF 2R QF 0 / 10 10–10
Miami A A A A 2R 1R 1R QF 1R SF 1R 2R A QF QF 2R 0 / 11 12–11
Madrid Not Held 2R QF SF 1R A QF A SF A A 0 / 6 11–6
Beijing Not Tier I 1R SF SF 2R 2R A A 2R A 0 / 6 7–6
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
Dubai Not Tier I A A A NP5 A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Doha Not Tier I A Not Held NP5 A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Rome A A A A A A A A F 2R A 1R A 1R A QF 0 / 5 7–5
Montreal / Toronto A A A A A 2R 1R 2R A A 1R A A A A 0 / 4 2–4
Cincinnati NH Not Tier I A 2R W A 2R A A QF A 1 / 4 8–3
Tokyo A A A A F W 1R 1R SF 1R A A A A A 1 / 6 9–5

Mixed doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1RKU 1RMM 1RMM 1RHT 2RFS 1–5
French Open 1RFC FMM SFCK 1RDN 2RFS 8–5
Wimbledon 2RVS 1RDM 1RJK 1RCK 1RDB 2RTB 1RFS 2–7
US Open QFVS 2RVS 1RMM 1RHT 1RRB 3–5
Win–Loss 0–0 2–1 2–3 0–2 4–3 3–3 0–4 0–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 2–3 14–22

KU=with Kevin Ullyett
FC=with František Čermák
MM=with Marcelo Melo
CK=with Christopher Kas
VS=with Vincent Spadea
DM=with David Martin
JK=with Jordan Kerr
HT=with Horia Tecău
DN=with Daniel Nestor
DB=with Dustin Brown
RB=with Rohan Bopanna
TB=with Tomasz Bednarek
FS=with Franko Škugor

References[edit]

  1. ^ WTA (14 Feb 2014), Vania King set to co-host in Rio for WTA Live All Access Hour presented by Xerox, retrieved 21 Nov 2017
  2. ^ WTA (3 Feb 2012), Vania King & Yaroslava Shvedova | Istanbul Full of Surprises Travel Show | Dubai Duty Free, retrieved 21 Nov 2017
  3. ^ http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2010/09/18/273032/Champion-tennis.htm
  4. ^ "Success for younger Radwanska in Stanford". 11 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Bartoli Outlasts King, Chan's Ninth & Biggest". Retrieved 2012-07-22.

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