Here's an analysis / guide of the WTA Championships from Eurosport:-
WTA Tour - Championships guide
Eurosport - Mon, 05 Nov 09:58:00 2007
Eight players, six days, one trophy. Eurosport.com looks at all of the contenders for this week's WTA Tour Championships.
(1) Justine Henin (BEL)
Since returning to the WTA Tour after skipping the Australian Open because of her then-ongoing divorce, the Belgian star has put together one of the most dominant campaigns in recent memory. In 13 events this season the world number one has compiled a whopping 58-4 record, won nine titles including the French Open and US Open, and reached at least the semi-finals in every tournament in which she's played. Just for comparison's sake, her counterpart on the ATP Tour (one Roger Federer
) has only won seven titles in 2007 with a 63-7 record.
Against Jankovic: 8-0 (2007 record 6-0)
Against Williams: 6-6 (2007 record 3-1)
Against Chakvetadze: 2-0 (2007 record 1-0)
(3) Jelena Jankovic (SRB)
The world number three Jankovic has arguably been the second-best player on Tour this year, a fact backed up by her number two ranking in the 2007 Sony Ericsson WTA Race. In her break-out season the 22-year-old Serbian has won more matches than anyone on Tour, including Henin, compiling a 72-22 record. Perhaps the only thing that prevented her from claiming more than four titles in 2007 is a horrid record against the Belgian world number one, who beat Jankovic in the semi-finals in Stuttgart, Warsaw, Doha, and the French Open, and in the final in Toronto.
Against Henin: 0-8 (2007 record 0-6)
Against Williams: 2-2 (2007 record 0-1)
Against Chakvetadze: 2-5 (2007 record 1-1)
(5) Serena Williams (USA)
The former world number one had an amazing start to the year winning the Australian Open despite entering with a lowly 81 ranking, but like Jankovic has been thwarted time and again by Henin. Serena won her first clash of the season against the world number one, coming from behind brilliantly to claim an 0-6 7-5 6-3 triumph in the Miami final to collect the second of two trophies in 2007. Since then the two arch-rivals have met in the quarter-finals of the year's last three grand slams at Roland Garros, Wimbledon, and Flushing Meadows. Each time, Serena's tournament has ended in frustration. It begs the question, what would have happened had Justine played in Melbourne?
Against Henin: 6-6 (2007 record 1-3)
Against Jankovic: 2-2 (2007 record 1-0)
Against Chakvetadze: 0-0
(7) Anna Chakvetadze (RUS)
The 20-year-old Muscovite has had her best season on Tour and the second-best of the three Russians playing in Madrid. Chakvetadze's success is largely attributable to a stunning summer hardcourt campaign. Two of her four 2007 titles came during the North American summer in Cincinnati and Stanford, while Chakvetadze also made her grand slam semi-final debut at the US Open. Though she has struggled to a 2-4 record in four events since Flushing Meadows, Chakvetadze could play the role of spoiler in Madrid, especially against Jankovic.
Against Henin: 0-2 (2007 record 0-1)
Against Jankovic: 5-2 (2007 record 1-1)
Against Williams: 0-0
(2) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
The top seeded player in the weaker of the two group is by no means the section's star, despite being one of the most consistent performers on the circuit this season. In 18 tournaments the 2004 US Open champion has reached the quarter-finals 15 times, including six finals appearances. Kuznetsova's problem is her 1-5 record in those finals, including a 6-1 6-3 humiliation at the hands of Henin in the last round of the Flushing Meadows.
Against Ivanovic: 1-3 (2007 record 0-2)
Against Sharapova: 3-3 (2007 record 0-0)
Against Hantuchova: 6-3 (2007 record 2-1)
(4) Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
Ivanovic has arguably made the biggest splash on the Tour this season, causing even greater waves than compatriot and world number three Jankovic. The Serbian number two, who turns 20-years-old on the opening day of the Championships, has made a name for herself as the WTA Tour's next bright young star after winning three titles in 2007, reaching the semi-finals at Wimbledon, and making it to the last round of the French Open. Though she was utterly obliterated 6-1 6-2 by the defending champion in the Roland Garros final, Ivanovic did have one impressive game against Henin breaking the world number one in the first game of the match.
Against Kuznetsova: 3-1 (2007 record 2-0)
Against Sharapova: 2-1 (2007 record 2-0)
Against Hantuchova: 1-1 (2007 record 1-1)
(6) Maria Sharapova (RUS)
The Russian superstar began 2007 on a high, claiming hold of the world number one ranking despite losing to Serena Williams in the Australian Open final. Everything has gone downhill since, as a string of injuries have seen the 2006 US Open champion tumble down the rankings to sixth. Despite a career-best semi-finals showing at Roland Garros, Sharapova lost in the fourth round at Wimbledon and saw her title defence at Flushing Meadows come to a crashing halt against Polish teenager (and likely future Madrid challenger) Agnieszka Radwanska
in round three. In addition to fitness issues over her season-long shoulder injury, Sharapova could be a bit rusty having played just one event (an opening loss at her home-tournament in Moscow) since the US Open debacle.
Against Kuznetsova: 3-3 (2007 record 0-0)
Against Ivanovic: 1-2 (2007 record 0-2)
Against Hantuchova: 5-1 (2007 record 0-0)
(8) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)
The Slovakian number one is clearly the straggler in this field, having earned the eighth and final berth after Wimbledon champion Venus Williams
withdrew from Madrid with an injury. The Slovakian number one is the only one of the eight challengers never to have reached at least a grand slam semi-final, and she hasn't reached the quarter-finals of a major since 2003. That being said, Hantuchova has been in fine late-season form reaching three finals and winning one title in the last two months. The highlight of her year was a title in March at Indian Wells where she beat Martina Hingis
in the fourth round and Kuznetsova in the final.
Against Kuznetsova: 3-6 (2007 record 1-2)
Against Ivanovic: 1-1 (2007 record 1-1)
Against Sharapova: 1-4 (2007 record 0-0)