First-Time Champs Galore

Nine players have won their first Tour singles titles at one of the International events that make up the Road to Bali.

Published October 06, 2009 08:18

First-Time Champs Galore
Magdalena Rybarikova

Twenty-seven of the 30 International events that determine who will qualify for this year's Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions in Bali have already been played, and nine of those have been captured by first-time Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles titlists.

Those first-time titlists were Victoria Azarenka in Brisbane, Petra Kvitova in Hobart, María José Martínez Sánchez in Bogotá, Yanina Wickmayer in Estoril, Aravane Rezai in Strasbourg, Magdalena Rybarikova in Birmingham, Andrea Petkovic in Bad Gastein, Vera Dushevina in Istanbul and Melinda Czink in Québec City. Of those titlists, Martínez Sánchez, Wickmayer, Rezai and Czink would be in the field if the tournament were held using this week's standings, with Rybarikova, Petkovic and Dushevina in the running. Kvitova is also not out of contention, but has a lot of points to make up.

The 10 highest-ranked players who have captured at least one International tournament during the year and who are not participating in singles at the Sony Ericsson Championships - Doha 2009 will qualify for Bali, along with two wildcards. The three International events left before Bali are Linz and Osaka - both of which are next week - and Luxembourg - which is the following week.

About the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions
The Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions is set to debut at the Bali International Convention Centre (adjoining the Westin Resort) from November 4-8. Featuring top Sony Ericsson WTA Tour players and next-generation champions competing in an innovative, 12-woman round robin singles format (four groups of three players), it will offer both $600,000 in prize money and an opportunity to earn a $1-million bonus.

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