The final of the women’s singles in the 2009 WTA Tour Championships in Doha was between last years winner in Doha Venus Williams and her younger sister Serena. This match was their 23rd head-to-head battle on the WTA Tour, 2nd encounter this week and the 5th showdown in 2009.
The No.2 seed in Doha Serena Williams won the 1st set in 30 minutes with a strong serving display. Serena won all 4 of her service games in which she only conceded 4 points. The 2009 WTA Tour Champion broke serve twice in the 1st set to win by 6 games to 2.
The 2nd set was also a display of great serving and then following the serve up with an aggressive ground stroke in order to dictate the play and keep the returner in trouble. Both players held serve 6 times in a row so the set was decided by a tie-break.
Serena in her red and back dress surged to a 5-1 lead to move to only 2 points away from the title. Then No.7 seed Venus strung 3 points together to climb back to 4-5. Serena met the challenge by hitting 2 winners to win her 2nd WTA Tour Championships title via serving an ace and putting away a forehand to win the tie-break by 7 points to 4.
Serena capped off a dream week after her controversies in the latter part of 2009. Serena has now won their past 4 all-Williams matches including this years Wimbledon final to take a 13-10 lead in their battles. Her victory was her 3rd title in 2009 the 1st in 2009 was the Australian Open. Besides Grand Slam titles Doha was the 1st tournament Serena won for over 18 months at Charleston, USA in April 2008.
Serena (pictured above) made a clean sweep of this event by winning all 5 of her matches to prove that she really deserved to be the year end World No.1. Her victories included 2 against World No.6 Venus and 3 straight set wins against World No.3 Kuznetsova, World No.4 Caroline Wozniacki and World No.5 Dementieva.
Serena won 1500 WTA ranking points, which is greatest number of points available in this event if you remain undefeated as well as taking home 1,550,000 US dollars. Serena’s performances in Doha meant that she overtook Dinara Safina who went into this event as the World No.1 ranked player and top seed. Venus also moved 1 place to finish the year ranked No.6 after winning 730 WTA ranking points as the runner-up and 780,000 US dollars.
The 2009 end of year rankings top 10 rankings for 2009 are:
- Serena Williams 28 years old from USA with 9,075 points
- Dinara Safina 23 year old from Russia 7,800
- Svetlana Kuznetsova 24 year old Russian 6,141
- Caroline Wozniacki 19 year old from Denmark 5,875
- Elena Dementieva 28 year old Russian 5,585
- Venus Williams 29 year old American 5,126
- Victoria Azarenka 20 year old from Belarus 4,820
- Jelena Jankovic 24 year old from Serbia 3,965
- Vera Zvonareva 25 year old Russian 3,560
- Agnieszka Radwanska 20 year old from Poland 3,450
For further details about the WTA Tour Finals event on this tennis website click this link -> WTA Tour Champion 2009: Oct 27-Nov 1.
Today’s POST is dedicated to Ken Rosewall. Rosewall was born on this day in 1934. The Australian won 8 Grand Slam singles titles: 4 Australian Open titles (1953,1955,1971 & 1972), 2 US Open crowns (1956 & 1970) and 2 French Open championships (1953 & 1968). His career high ranking was No.1.
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