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Created on 24 October 2010 Written by Adwait Kulkarni (Admin)
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Published on 24 October 2010

If the WTA Tour Championships are seen as the ‘fifth Grand Slam’, it is appropriate that Serena Williams is the defending champion. The end of season finals will move to Istanbul next year after three years in Doha and Serena will be hoping to make it three wins out of three for the Williams sisters in the emirate, as Venus won the title in 2008.

The older Williams sister is absent with a knee injury and Serena’s own participation is in doubt due to her ongoing foot problem that forced her out of the US Open. Even if she does make it on court in Qatar, too much from WTA tour odds shouldn’t be expected, for her famous ability to find her feet in tournaments with little preparation will not be enough in a short format that demands a flying start.

The eight entrants are split into two groups of four, the two round-robin pools producing four semi finalists. Kim Clijsters, the only other previous winner of the event is the player to beat, as her new-found calmness under pressure is ideally suited to a tournament that resembles in its entirety the latter stages of a Slam.

Caroline Wozniacki starts the event as a worthy world number one and her consistency throughout the season, showcased again in winning in Beijing earlier this month, is a major attribute. She reached the semi finals last year.

The two groups are yet to be decided, but there are sure to be some interesting head-to-head records on the table. Francesca Schiavone is advised not to take notice, as she has 0-10 and 0-11 career records against Vera Zvonareva and Kim Clijsters respectively.

Indeed, WTA tour betting pundits note that Clijsters has by far the best head-to-head records of the entrants, having only lost only six over 29 matches against Zvonareva, Jelena Jankovic and Elena Dementieva. Everything points to more glory for the rejuvenated Belgian.{jcomments on}


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