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WTA Tour - Serena qualifies for WTA Championships

Eurosport - Tue, 16 Oct 12:40:00 2007

Australian Open champion Serena Williams has qualified for next month's season ending WTA Championships in Madrid.








The 26-year-old American claimed the fifth of eight slots in Madrid joining the already qualified Justine Henin, Jelena Jankovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Ana Ivanovic.
"I'm delighted and surprised to have made it to the Sony Ericsson Championships," said Williams, who began the year at number 81 in the world only to go onto win the Australian Open.
"When I started the year, I honestly never thought I would be in the position I am in now with a Grand Slam title under my belt and getting closer to playing some great tennis."
"I thought I missed my chance by not playing this summer but I have been really excited to be playing in Europe the last few weeks and I made it sooner than I thought."
Williams, currently ranked sixth in the world, is competing in the Zurich Open this week after reaching the final of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow over the weekend.
The eight-time grand slam winner will make her seventh career appearance at the year-ending event, which she last won in 2001.
Of the three remaining places for the November 6-11 championships, at least six players can possibly qualify - with Anna Chakvetadze, Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova currently holding the three remaining spots in the WTA Race

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Serena Williams qualifies for season-ending WTA championships

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ZURICH, Switzerland - Serena Williams has qualified for next month's season-ending WTA Championships in Madrid.
Williams arrived at the Zurich Open on Monday to discover she was the fifth player to qualify, along with Justine Henin, Jelena Jankovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Ana Ivanovic.
The Australian Open champion reached Sunday's final of the Kremlin Cup before losing to Elena Dementieva.
The year-end championship ranking calculations are long and complicated at this point of the season because of the number of players still in the hunt, various injuries that can prevent them from gaining points, and the number of tournaments remaining.
The championship features the season's top eight singles players. At least six other players can still qualify for the remaining berths in the Madrid championships Nov. 6-11.
Williams is among seven of the world's top 10 players at the Zurich event. Reigning champion Maria Sharapova withdrew on Saturday because of a long-standing right-shoulder injury. The tournament also lost Martina Hingis, who pulled out with a hip problem.
Williams, who withdrew from the last two tournaments in Zurich, is slated to play her opening match against local favourite Patty Schnyder on Tuesday. Williams lost in the second round of the 1997 qualification stage and won the doubles event with sister Venus in 1998.

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Sisters to add spark in Spainby: Tom Perrotta, TENNIS.com
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What do Sandrine Testud, Anke Huber, Silvia Farina Elia, Jelena Dokic, Nathalie Tauziat and Amanda Coetzer have in common? No, it's not a shoe size or favorite rock band, or the too obvious answer that none of them won a Grand Slam singles title. These six women do share a bond, though: All of them appeared in the last, and only, season-ending WTA Championships won by a Williams sister.
Yes, it's been six years since Serena Williams captured her only year-end title, after her opponent in the 2001 finals, former No. 1 and newly minted mother Lindsay Davenport, withdrew because of a knee injury. Back then, this wasn't a round-robin event. It paired off the top 16 players in a standard tournament; that year, Jennifer Capriati was the top seed, followed by Davenport, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin. Serena was ranked No. 7. Venus didn't play -- in fact, she has played the year-end championships just twice, in 1999 and 2002.

We've all become accustomed to the injuries and whims of the sisters, who haven't worried much about their rankings over the years (and we've seen how little rankings matter when they are playing well). But I couldn't help but be surprised when I sifted through their 10-plus years on the tour to find that the sisters -- with 14 major titles between them -- have appeared in the same season-ending championships exactly once, in 2002. If someone had told me in 1999 that the Red Sox -- fingers crossed -- would win one and maybe two World Series titles before the sisters would combine for two season-ending titles, I would have insulted his intelligence, repeatedly.

Thankfully, we're going to get another chance to see the sisters in Madrid, where the championships begin on Nov. 6. Serena has already qualified, and Venus, while not officially in, is a virtual lock. Considering how committed the sisters have been of late, there's every expectation that they will arrive in Madrid healthy and ready to warn the field about next season. Better still, they both have something to prove now that Henin is, without doubt, the best player in the world. The Belgian won her ninth title of the year last weekend and defeated both sisters on the road to her second U.S. Open title in September. It's conceivable that she might have to play three matches against a Williams to win this tournament: once in round-robin play, again in the semifinals, and again in the final. What if she won all three? Rather than a forgettable tournament, the championships would become the talk of the season.

The last few years haven't been terribly kind to women's tennis. The tour has suffered through a lot of injuries, last-minute pullouts at important events, a comeback attempt that fizzled (Martina Hingis), and the untimely retirement of one fabulous player, Kim Clijsters, who is due with her first child around the time of next year's Australian Open. Usually at this time of year, the top women are stumbling to the finish line. It's welcome news that for once, we might see a season-ending championships that shows off the best the game has to offer.

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wow great article, thanks for post! I hope the YEC Lives up to its expectations!
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Serena Looks For More Year-End Success

MADRID, Spain - The renaissance of Serena Williams as a major force on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour has been one of the stories of the season and the American will be desperate to close out 2007 in style next week in Madrid. A string of injuries in 2006 meant that the powerful American started the year at a lowly No.94 in the world, but a spectacular championship run at the Australian Open announced her return to the upper echelons of the game in dramatic fashion.

After dismantling Maria Sharapova in the Melbourne final, Williams continued her rise up the rankings with an equally impressive title run in Miami. The 26-year-old's Roland Garros dream came to an abrupt halt when she was defeated by Justine Henin in the quarterfinals and the peerless Belgian also proved to be her nemesis at the same stage of the next two majors, Wimbledon and the US Open.

Williams will be appearing in the season-ending showpiece for the fourth time in her career and after a runner-up finish on the indoor courts of Moscow a few weeks ago she is sure to be confident of continuing her fine record at the event. The former world No.1 took home the title on her debut in 2001 and runner-up finishes in both 2002 and 2004 prove she certainly has the ability to triumph in the Spanish capital.

"I'm delighted and surprised to have made it to the Sony Ericsson Championships," Williams said. "When I started the year, I honestly never thought I would be in the position I am in now with a Grand Slam title under my belt and getting closer to playing some great tennis. I thought I missed my chance by not playing this summer, but I have been really excited to be playing in Europe the last few weeks and I made it sooner than I thought. I'm dying to visit Madrid, a city I have never been to before, and making the Sony Ericsson Championships is a double bonus for me. It's going to be great!"

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Race to the Sony Ericsson Championships standing: No.5
2007 Win-Loss Record: 35-9
2007 Highlights: Won (2): Australian Open, Miami; R-Up (1): Moscow
Championships history: Fourth appearance at this event (seventh time to qualify); captured the title once, in 2001 (d. Farina Elia, Henin and Testud en route to final; w/o vs. Davenport); in 2002 and 2004 finished runner-up; despite qualifying, did not compete in 1999 (severe influenza), 2000 (inflammation of small bone in base of left foot) and 2003 (left knee quadriceps surgery)

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Tebbutt: The luck of the draw


Tom Tebbutt, today at 5:55 PM EST
  • grand finales will be held the next two weeks, beginning with the WTA Tour Championships in Madrid this week.
When the draw for the $3-million (U.S.) event, featuring the top-eight women, was done on Saturday, it came out uncannily similar to the U.S. Open. At Flushing Meadows, five of the top six favourites were in the top half of the draw – Justine Henin, Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic, Serena Williams and Venus Williams – with Maria Sharapova in the bottom half.
In Madrid, with the players divided into two groups of four for the initial round robin phase, the top-seeded Henin again finds herself in tough with Jankovic, Serena Williams (Venus is not playing while she tries to get to the root of a dizziness problem) and Anna Chakvetadze.
Second seed Svetlana Kuznetsova heads a group that includes Sharapova (short on match play and in questionable condition because of her chronic shoulder ailment), Ivanovic and Daniela Hantuchova.
“I saw the groups,” Lindsay Davenport said yesterday at the Bell Challenge in Quebec City. “It looks like one is incredibly strong compared to the other. It’s amazing the luck of the draw (three Grand Slam quarter-finals in a row) with Serena and Justine so many times this year.”
Henin is the defending champion and, even if she does not win, she appears set for a long run at No. 1. She leads Kuznetsova – 5930 points to 3750 in ranking points.
In 2008, she has no points to defend at the Australian Open because she missed it this year in the aftermath of her split from husband Pierre Yves Hardenne. In fact, she really has nothing substantial to defend until late March when she reached the final of Sony Ericsson Open in Miami – losing to Serena after having two match points.
About the earliest anyone could plausibly catch up to Henin would be in June after Roland Garros, where she won last year for the fourth time.
Next week, the ATP’s $4.45 million Masters Cup will be staged in Shanghai. The final eight was determined by last week’s BNP Parisbas Masters in Paris and will include Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Nikolay Davydenko, Andy Roddick, David Ferrer, Fernando Gonzalez and Richard Gasquet.
The alternate player will be Tommy Robredo and he may well get in because American doubles specialist Bob Bryan was quoted last week as saying that Roddick was only “50-50” about playing because he is now focusing mainly on the Davis Cup final versus Russia in Portland, Oregon, from November 30 to December 2.
Stat-of-the-week: Several years ago, when the Bell Challenge event in Quebec City was offering $170,000 (U.S.) in prize money, it cost tournament organizers $265,000 Canadian to pay the competitors.
Needless to say with this year’s prize money of $175,000 (U.S.), the current favourable exchange rate has greatly helped the event’s bottom line.
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Serena Williams looking forward to another rematch with Henin

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MADRID, Spain - Serena Williams looked at her draw for the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships and was pleased to see top-ranked Justine Henin in her difficult group.
Williams has lost three straight matches against Henin since she beat the Belgian star to win the Miami Masters title in April. Henin knocked Williams out of the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open at the quarter-final stage every time.
"I was happy to see that I was in her half, because I feel like it would be fun to play her again and she's the No. 1 player, so it'd be cool," Williams said Sunday.
Williams, the only American player in the field, Henin, No. 3 Jelena Jankovic and Russia's Anna Chakvetadze are in the tough yellow group. The top two after round-robin play advance to Saturday's semifinals at the US$3-million season-ending tournament.
"Everyone out on that list hits pretty hard," the 26-year-old Williams said. "I guess I have to hold it down for U.S.A."
The last time she played in the event featuring the season's top eight singles players was in 2004, when she fell to Maria Sharapova in the final. Sharapova became the second player - after Williams - to win the event in her debut.
Williams, the 2001 winner, is back in the championships after jumping from 140 in the WTA rankings to her current No. 5 this season, picking up her eighth Grand Slam title along the way.
"I don't know if I've done well to be here. I feel like I should be here," said Williams, who won the Australian Open in January. "It's just different because I started out the year so low with a lot of people not believing 100 per cent in my ability to compete, so for me it was kind of like a great victory for me to qualify."
Though Williams hasn't played since retiring from the Zurich Open two weeks ago with a sore thigh, the injury shouldn't be a problem in Madrid.
"I'm definitely really fit and really happy," she said. "I was on my way to glory and I ran into a little bad luck."
Second-ranked Svetlana Kuznetsova leads the red group, which also features French Open finalist Ana Ivanovic, Sharapova and Daniela Hantuchova.
Play begins at the Madrid Arena on Tuesday.

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Sharapova clinches the last spot for WTA Championships, Venus withdraws


MADRID, Spain - Maria Sharapova clinched the final place at the season-ending WTA Championships and Venus Williams withdrew because of dizzy spells.
The top eight players qualify for the US$3-million event, and Williams opted out despite sitting seventh in the standings. The Wimbledon champion said she hasn't recovered after experiencing dizzy spells at the U.S. Open.
"The accumulation of matches has taken its toll and I have received several medical opinions to delay my return to competitive tennis," Williams said in a statement Sunday. "I look forward to playing in the New Year for what will hopefully be an even better 2008."
Sharapova won her debut at the 2004 WTA Championships and has qualified every year since.
"This has been a very frustrating year for me physically, but I'm a big competitor and am determined to compete at the WTA Championships," Sharapova said.
Justine Henin, Jelena Jankovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Ana Ivanovic, Serena Williams, Anna Chakvetadze and Daniela Hantuchova also will play in the Nov. 6-11 event at the Madrid Arena.
Wimbledon runner-up Marion Bartoli is the first alternate.


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October 29, 2007, 20:12
Russian star replaces Venus

Maria Sharapova has booked a spot in the 2007 Sony Ericsson Championship, ending her season among the world's eight top players for the fourth year running. The world number six made it through to the tournament in Madrid thanks to Venus Williams, who retired from the WTA race.
Sharapova clinched the title in Madrid in 2004 and advanced as far as the semi-finals in 2005 and 2006.

Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova and Anna Chakvetadze have already secured their places in the championship.

Meanwhile, it’s do or die for Russian tennis star Mikhail Youzhny. He's competing in the Paris Masters knowing a good run is essential if he's to qualify for the end of season's Masters Cup in Shanghai.

Six of the top players, including Russia’s Nikolay Davydenko, have already guaranteed their involvement, but the event in the French capital will decide the other two to join them.

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Tennis star Serena out to end the year as she began it

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MADRID (AFP) — Serena Williams is determined to accelerate her revival into one of the great comebacks by challenging for the title at the year-end WTA Championships which starts here on Tuesday.
The former holder of all four Grand Slams seemed headed for such a comeback when she started 2007 by winning the Australian Open, fully two years since last contesting any final.
That made her the lowest-ranked player to win a Grand Slam title in nearly 30 years.
Williams was then at 81 in the world; now she is up to five. But her year stalled with injuries to her groin, knee, calf, and thumb, damaging her chances at Wimbledon and causing her to miss four American hard court events later in the summer.
Although she made a partial recovery in two European tournaments, she then suffered a thigh problem while losing last month's Moscow final to Elena Dementieva, something Serena claims will not hinder her in the coming week.
"Can you believe I played my third event in a row?" the injury-prone star asked, referring to a three-week sequence in Stuttgart, Moscow and Zurich.
"I don't believe I have ever done that in my career.
"I am determined to make good at the end of the year," she insisted, and few doubt that she can - but only if all the ailments have receded.
Perhaps only Serena herself and maybe one or two physios know whether she is genuinely fit enough to capitalize on her having qualified for the year-end event a fourth time.
If she is, the world's best known player will still have to contend with one of the strongest ever fields, even though it will be without elder sister Venus Williams.
Following the dizziness Venus suffered at the US Open in September, she took a series of tests, plus follow-up tests after tournaments in Asia. The doctors' conclusions were inconclusive.
They felt, apparently, yet more tests were needed. So Venus decided to take a break.
"The accumulation of matches has taken its toll," the Wimbledon champion said.
"I have received several medical opinions to delay my return to competitive tennis."
A different view of a long-lasting ailment has been taken by Maria Sharapova. The former world number one has decided to compete in Madrid despite a shoulder problem from which she has been suffering most of the year.
Sharapova's first match in almost six weeks ended in a straight sets defeat to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in last month's Kremlin Cup in Moscow; it was also only her first match since a loss to another 18-year-old, Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, in the US Open third round in September.
"This has been a very frustrating year for me physically, but I am a big competitor and I am determined to compete at the Championships," Sharapova said.
But the real front runner for the tour climax title is the holder Justine Henin, who will be presented with the year-end world number one award before the tournament begins.
For a player who started the tour six weeks late and in despair after the break-up of her marriage to Pierre-Yves Hardenne, this is a remarkable achievement.
Henin has won the French and US Opens, taking her total of grand Slam titles to seven, and the 182,000 dollars she received for winning the Zurich tournament a fortnight ago raised her season earnings so far to 4,367,086 million dollars, the second highest in WTA Tour history.
The Belgian is also certain to be sixth equal on the all-time list of world number ones with a total of 98 weeks at the top by the time the 2008 season starts.
All the stats therefore say she should win the title.
But there are two obvious threats. One is Serena Williams regaining the form which enabled her to save a match point and defeat Henin in the Miami final back in April. The other is tiredness. Henin has played a lot of tennis.
"I need to recover now and take a few days off to be with my family and friends," she said after winning in Zurich.
"I've always been getting to the semis and finals of tournaments this year, so the weeks are very long for me."
This is arguably the toughest tournament to win, because the best players oppose each other from the start. But Henin also claims it is her favourite event.
To what extent she still feels that at the end of the week will depend very much on how well the outstanding player of the year has been able to recoup her energy.

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Serena Williams Hurts Knee in Madrid

Nov 7, 2007
MADRID, Spain (AP) — Serena Williams retired with a left knee injury after one set Wednesday and defending champion Justine Henin advanced to the semifinals at the Sony Ericsson Championships.
Henin cruised past Jelena Jankovic 6-2, 6-2 at the season-ending tournament.
Williams was treated by the tournament doctor before the start of the ninth game. She retired after losing the first set 6-4 to seventh-ranked Anna Chakvetadze.
WTA officials said Williams was expected to get a scan of her knee. In 2003, Williams had knee surgery and missed 10 events in 2006 because of knee problems.
The fifth-ranked Williams has reached the final in all three previous appearances at the event, which features the top eight players.
If Williams is not fit to face Henin on Thursday, Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli will replace her for the last two matches of the round-robin tournament.
Henin broke serve six times to win her 22nd straight match and improve to 9-0 against the third-ranked Serbian. Jankovic qualified for the tournament for the first time.
Although Jankovic had opportunities in the second set, Henin broke serve in the first and third games.
"From the first point to the end, I took all of my chances, all of the opportunities," Henin said. "It was her first match, so maybe I had a little advantage because I could play last night."
Later Wednesday, Ana Ivanovic plays Daniela Hantuchova

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UPDATE 1-Tennis-Williams hopes to play on despite knee injury

Wed Nov 7, 2007 10:28pm GMT
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MADRID, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Serena Williams is hoping to play on at the WTA Championships despite having to retire through injury after the first set against Russian Anna Chakvetadze on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old American called for the doctor to attend a problem with her left knee when the score was 5-4.
After having some strapping, she lost the set 6-4 but Williams looked short on mobility and was unable to continue her opening match as the second set got underway.
"Before the match I had taping for prevention since I was feeling a little tight in both knees. I thought I was tighter in the right knee but then, once I had to increase my range of movement, the left knee got worse," Williams said in a statement.
"I've had issues with my knees before especially the left knee since that's the one I had surgery on in 2003. It's unfortunate it's happened now and I can't stress how disappointed I am.
"Right now it's swollen and I'm going off to have an MRI at the hospital to see exactly what the problem is. It is my intention to play on in this event."
Williams's withdrawal from the match means world number one Justine Henin, who has won her first two outings in the yellow group, has automatically qualified for the semi-finals.
If the 2001 winner is unable to continue, Marion Bartoli of France is on standby to step in.


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November 9, 2007


Withdrawal of Serena Williams creates tangle over winnings



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Serena Williams confirmed her withdrawal from the Sony Ericsson Championships in the early hours of yesterday morning, the first player to do so at the round-robin stage, and sparked confusion as to how much prize-money she is entitled to and whether she would incur a fine if she returned home to the United States.
The American, who retired after the first set of her match against Anna Chakvetadze with an injury to her left knee, was taken to hospital for a scan late on Wednesday, and it was confirmed that she had suffered inflammation behind the left patella. “I felt really sad because I heard a lot of people saying ‘Go, Serena’ and that was really nice,” Williams said. “It’s really unfortunate.”
WTA rules stipulate that all participants in the season-ending event should stay until the mandatory players’ party on Saturday and that all four semi-finalists must remain until after the final on Sunday. Last year, Maria Sharapova was fined a six-figure sum when she flew back to the US after losing in the last four, but Williams’s fine would be “peanuts” in comparison, a WTA source said.
The unfortunate departure of Williams opened the door for Marion Bartoli, the first time a reserve has been called upon since the introduction of the round-robin format in 2003. Amid much scrambling for rulebooks and only after consultation with the ATP, the WTA confirmed that Williams would be entitled to one third of Bartoli’s prize-money if the Frenchwoman finishes fourth in the yellow group. That would mean about $33,000 (about £15,600) of the $100,000 cheque that goes to the players finishing fourth. Were Bartoli to finish higher, she would keep the full amount and Williams would still receive $33,000. Bartoli also gets $20,000 for being a reserve.
Williams has suffered from quadriceps tendinitis since 2003 and had surgery on the problem that year. She played Chakvetadze yesterday with kinesio tape — a muscle-protecting treatment also used by David Beckham — running from thigh to shin on both legs. She revealed that she had been in pain since Tuesday but appeared to move comfortably until 5-4 in the first set, when she called for a medical time-out. Chakvetadze had not realised that her opponent was injured and was “surprised” when she retired after the first set.
Bartoli suffered the indignity of becoming the first player to lose 6-0, 6-0 at these championships when she came up against Justine Henin in sublime form. The world No 1 was given a standing ovation after she exacted revenge for her semi-final defeat by the Frenchwoman at Wimbledon.
Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic will advance to the semi-finals from the Red Group and they play each other in their last match. The loser has the ominous task of facing Henin.


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Knee injury ends Williams' year

Thursday, 08 Nov 2007 17:14
Serena Williams' season ended on a disappointing note

Serena Williams has been forced to retire from the season-ending WTA Sony Ericsson Championships because of a knee injury.

The American, seeded fifth at the tournament, broke down at 4-5 in the first set of her round robin match against Anna Chakvetadze.

Williams called for the doctor, who treated her left knee on court, and although she was able to continue she lost the next game to go one set down and was unable to carry on.

The injury means Williams has been forced to pull out of the tournament, although her place will be taken by the first standby player Marion Bartoli - the Frenchwoman who reached the final of Wimbledon before losing to Serena's older sister Venus.

Chakvetadze said she was "surprised… to see [Sereana] moving slowly" after she picked up the injury, adding: "It's not the way I wanted to win and I feel sorry for her. I hope it's not very serious."

Elsewhere, top seed Justine Henin and fourth seed Ana Ivanovic have both qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament.

The Belgian world number one beat Jelena Jankovic 6-2 6-2 while Serbian youngster Ivanovic overcame Daniela Hantuchova 6-2 7-6 to book their places in the semi-finals from the gold group and red group, respectively.

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