The 2010 WTA Tour Finals round robin matches began on Tuesday 26 October at 5pm local time in Doha, Qatar. Three matches have been played each day for the past 3 days. Today we have the final 3 matches to complete the round robin kicking off at 5pm once again.
The WTA Tour Finals have turned out very well with the semi finalists being decided on the second last day of the round robin matches and they are World No.’s 1,2,3 and 5 – Caroline Wozniacki, Vera Zvonareva, Kim Clijsters and Samantha Stosur. Better still the actual semi final match-ups will be decided on the final day by the feature match between No.2 seed Vera Zvonareva and No.3 seed Kim Clijsters.
Stosur won the maroon group and Wozniacki was No.2 in that group. The winner of the Zvonareva and Clijsters match today will win the white group, which means she will play Wozniacki. Whoever loses will play against Samantha Stosur because the player who finishes No.1 in their group plays against the No.2 player from the other group.
The second match of the day between Zvonareva and Clijsters is a rematch of this year’s US Open singles final and is the last time these two players met, with Clijsters winning her 3rd US Open singles final that day. The 27 year old Clijsters is the only player in the draw who has won this title before, in 2002 and 2003. The 1.74m Belgian is playing her 7th season ending championships.
The former World No.1 has a 38-6 win-loss record in 2010 and holds a 6-2 advantage over her 26-year-old opponent, although 5 of those victories were in prior to 2007. This year the 1.72m Zvonareva leads 2-1 in their matches by winning at Wimbledon and the Canadian Open.
Clijsters has greater experience in winning in major tournaments like this including her 4 titles this year, the US Open, Cincinnati Open, Miami Open in Brisbane, Australia. Clijsters has 39 career WTA singles titles and is coached by Wim Fissette.
Zvonareva is having her best year is in form having played more matches than Clijsters recently. Zvonareva’s great 2010 may well continue tonight to add to her two runner-up results in Grand Slam singles events at Wimbledon and the US Open and achieving her career high ranking of No.2 this week.
The Russian is playing her fourth WTA Championships and for the third straight year. Her best result was being a runner-up in 2008. She has won 10 WTA titles including Pattaya in Thailand this year, has a 48-17 win-loss record thus far in 2010 and is coached by Sergey Demekhin.
In the first round robin match today 2010 Roland Garros singles champion Schiavone will be looking for her first win this week in a rematch of the 2010 Roland Garros semi final against 29 year old Dementieva. The 30 year old Schiavone is the oldest player in the draw and the only player who exclusively uses a single handed backhand.
The 1.66m Italian also won Barcelona this year to have won 4 career singles titles and register a 39-22 win-loss record this year. Schiavone is currently without a coach, is playing in her first year-end Championships and for the fourth time in 2010 against her Russian opponent. The 1.8m Dementieva won their most recent match in Tokyo, Japan and the other match in 2010 on hard courts both in straight sets. The 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist in the women’s singles event holds a 7-5 advantage, including 4 of their past 5 encounters.
Dementieva has won 16 career WTA singles titles, including 2 this year in Sydney, Australian and at the Paris Indoors in France. This is the tenth time in the past eleven years that she has played in these finals with her best result being a semi finalist in 2000 and 2008. She is coached by her mother Vera and has a 41-17 win-loss record in 2010 to date.
In the final round robin match today Jankovic and Azarenka will be battling it out to determine who can record her first victory this week. The 25 year old Jankovic is pictured above and is playing in the season ending championships for the fourth straight year with her best result being a semi finalist in 2008 and 2009.
The 1.77m Serbian was the 2008 WTA Tour Champion, which means she was the year-end No.1. In 2008 she was a runner-up at the US Open and this year her best Grand Slam result was making the semi finals at Roland Garros. Jankovic has won 12 career singles titles including the major title this year at the Indian Wells Open. The former World No.1 is without a full-time coach and has a 38-22 record so far this year and will be after revenge today when she meets Azarenka for the 6th time.
Jankovic holds a 3-2 advantage over her opponent but lost their last encounter at this event in 2009. The 21-year-old Azarenka is playing in these season ending championships for the second straight year after winning the singles title in Moscow, Russia two days before this event to take the final spot in the draw.
The 1.8m Belarusian has won 5 career singles titles including 2 this year in Stanford as well as Moscow to set a 41-20win-loss record with one final match left in 2010. Azarenka’s best Grand Slam result this year was making the quarter finals of the Australian Open to equal her previous best Grand Slam results at the 2009 Roland Garros and Wimbledon events.
Azarenka is coached by Sam Sumyk and uses the HEAD YouTek Extreme Pro tennis racquet just after he has made contact with the ball with his double handed backhand drive. Azarenka pushed the in-form Kim Clijsters to 3 sets in her last round robin match and looks in better form than Jankovic.
The player’s name that is bolded in the schedule of play below is OCA’s prediction of who will win each match. OCA will keep you updated here at OCA with the results and scores of each match and the schedule of play throughout this tournament.
Round robin matches scheduled Friday 29 October:
- At 5pm: (4) Francesca Schiavone v. (7) Elena Dementieva in the maroon group
- Followed by: (2) Vera Zvonareva v. (3) Kim Clijsters in the white group
- Followed by: (6) Jelena Jankovic v. (8) Victoria Azarenka in the white group
Completed match results and scores on Day 4:
- Francesca Schiavone defeated Elena Dementieva 6-4 6-2 in 1 hours and 33 minutes
- Vera Zvonareva def. Kim Clijsters 6-4 7-5 in 1 hours and 24 minutes
- Victoria Azarenka def. Jelena Jankovic 6-4 6-1 in 1 hours and 30 minutes
Schedule of play for the semi finals on Saturday 30 October:
- At 5:30pm: (3) Kim Clijsters v. (5) Samantha Stosur
- Followed by: (1) Caroline Wozniacki v. Vera Zvonareva
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