WTA Tour Year-End Finals: Doha

The 2009 WTA Tour Championships in Doha are underway with the world’s best female players going battling it out against each other. The year-end women’s singles World No.1 ranking is up for grabs; opportunities to achieve career high rankings and the chance to finish in the Top 4 are on the table. A Top 4 ranking boosts your chances at the 2010 Australian Open in January.

The draw for Centre Court on Day 2 Wednesday 28 October at 5pm in Qatar follows this order:

  1. (4) Caroline Wozniacki versus (6) Victoria Azarenka
  2. (1) Dinara Safina v. (8) Jelena Jankovic
  3. (2) Serena Williams v. (7) Venus Williams

In the 1st match: Azarenka leads Wozniacki in their previous matches with 2 wins to 1 loss. The 1.80m Azarenka has won both matches this year and has the edge in height and age. Her 19 year old opponent from Denmark is 1.77m tall, plays right handed and uses a double handed backhand.

Both players achieved their career high rankings in the latest rankings (as at 26 October), so are at the top of their games. This year is the first time that either player has qualified for the year-end finals. Wozniacki made the final of the US Open this year so has the edge in big match experience. Will that be enough?

The 2nd match: acts as a decider between Jankovic and Safina with both players holding 3 victories each in their head-to-head battles. The 23 year old Russian is playing her 1st match this week. The only match played this year resulted in the Cincinnati Open title for Jankovic 6-4 6-2.

The taller Safina at 1.82m will be doing everything in her power to show the world that she deserves her World No.1 ranking. Safina is pictured above demonstrating her forehand volley, she will need to take on her opponents and consistently attack to stamp her authority on this event.

In the 3rd match: Serena leads sister Venus 11 wins to 10 losses in the final match of the day. This year they are squared at 1 win each Serena won in Miami and Venus winning in Dubai. The taller and elder sister at 1.85m will be looking to repeat her round robin win over Serena here last year. Serena has a 10cm height disadvantage coming in at 1.75m but more than makes up for it with determination and her great fighting spirit. Let’s hope this one is decided by a close 3 set match.

Stay tuned for more coverage of the WTA Tour Finals as we update you with round robin results, who qualifies for the semi-finals and the women’s singles final, plus who claims the mantle of 2009 WTA Tour Champion.

For further details about this event on this tennis website click this link -> WTA Tour Champion 2009: Oct 27-Nov 1.

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