40 LOVE: No.1 Fan Fave Moment
Published October 22, 2013 12:11
Over the last few weeks we asked you to tell us about your favorite moments in the history of the WTA Championships, and you did. There was one overwhelming favorite - here's what some of you said...
No.1 Fan Fave Moment: Venus Wins 2008 WTA Championships
My favourite WTA Championships moment would have to be Venus Williams in 2008. As the No.7 seed, she beat the Top 3 ranked players - No.2 Dinara Safina, No.3 Serena Williams and No.1 Jelena Jankovic - on her way to her first WTA Championships title, which she won over No.8 Vera Zvonareva.
Venus Williams, 2008.
When Venus won her first WTA Championships. This was an event Venus has not played often, but it seemed in 2008 she had decided this was a title that all of the all-time greats should win at least once. Venus had won the Grand Slam Cup in 1998, but not the revived Year-End Championships.
Williams defeated World No.2 Safina, World No.3 Serena and World No.5 Dementieva in the round robin stage. In the semifinals, Williams defeated World No.1 Jankovic before winning the title by defeating Vera Zvonareva in the final. Once again Venus beat the No.1 and No.2 in the same event!
When Venus Williams won her first year-end WTA Championships in 2008.
My favourite WTA Championships moment came in 2008 when Venus Williams, ranked No.8 in the world, won her first and only WTA Championships title, along the way beating the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th-ranked players in the world. One of the greatest players to grace the court and a leader amongst her peers, it was a fitting achievement for possibly the nicest player on the circuit. Venus had to beat both the World No.2, Dinara Safina, and the World No.3, her sister Serena Williams, in round robin play. Following that Venus then defeated the World No.1 Jelena Jankovic in the semifinals and finally won the WTA Championships with a 67(5) 60 62 victory over the red hot Vera Zvonareva in the final. Interestingly, the last time someone seeded as low as Venus won the WTA Championships was in 2001, when Serena, also seeded 7th, won it. Well done Venus, thoroughly deserved.
~ Chris, Australia