Caroline Wozniacki’s year-end ranking for the second year in a row, as confirmed yesterday. By finishing at the top for consecutive seasons, she joins “a revered group of seven WTA legends” (as the WTA press release put it). All the big names are there, except perhaps Serena Williams. (Serena has been year-end No. 1 twice—she’s the only other active player who has—but not consecutively.) Wozniacki must step it up at the Slams, but if her critics get too upset about her Slamless reign, they should also blame the players who’ve been unable to pry Wozniacki from her throne. Again.
The number of players who’ll be in next weekend’s Fed Cup final in Moscow between Russia and the Czech Republic. They are Petra Kvitova and Vera Zvonareva. The official ITF team nominations were announced yesterday, and naturally, both made the cut. Their preparation for one last event, a team event that puts a different kind of pressure on them, could make them work harder here to hone their games for the battle ahead.
The number of doubles finals Victoria Azarenka reached this year, all with Maria Kirilenko. They won at Madrid and Stanford, lost at Australian Open and Toronto. The two barely missed the final spot in the doubles event here; they were in fifth place in the points race (and not just because it rhymes).
The number of players competing today who’ve won at least one match here. That leaves one player who hasn’t—Agnieszka Radwanska, who did little but win the rest of the month.
The number of wins Agnieszka Radwanska has against Top 5 opponents this year. That's more than any WTA player except Sam Stosur, who earned her sixth win here.
The number of matches Petra Kvitova won this year at hard/indoor tournaments. She lost none.
Petra Kvitova’s year-end ranking last year. It’s the lowest among the 10 players who made it to Istanbul. That includes the alternates: Marion Bartoli was ranked No. 17, and Andrea Petkovic was ranked No. 32.
Caroline Wozniacki’s career win percentage in singles matches. It’s the highest among those playing today. Her win percentage this year is, at 80.5 percent, better than everyone in Istanbul. (Kvitova’s is a close second with 80.3.)
The amount, in dollars, that Vera Zvonareva had earned at the WTA Championships before this year’s event started. That’s second only to Maria Sharapova, who had earned $2 million. Qualifiers Li Na and Petra Kvitova had earned nothing; this year marks their first appearance here.