Who Will Be Bali Bound?
Published October 20, 2009 04:00
Twenty-nine of the 30 International events that make up the schedule for the Road to Bali are complete, with this week's tournament in Luxembourg the last one left.
With her victory in Linz last week, Yanina Wickmayer became the fourth player to capture multiple International events this year, joining Shahar Peer, Doha qualifier Victoria Azarenka and María José Martínez Sánchez. The Belgian's week included a straight set semifinal defeat of top seed Flavia Pennetta. Her triumph in Estoril in May was her first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles title.
Also last week, Samantha Stosur - previously a runner-up on Tour five times but never a champion - finally recorded her first singles title in Osaka. The timing was especially good for the Australian, as 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 year-end Sony Ericsson Championships - Doha 2009 will qualify for Bali, along with two wildcards.
Wickmayer and Anabel Medina Garrigues have already officially qualified. The remaining spots will be decided by how the draw plays out in Luxembourg and at this week's Premier event in Moscow.
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.