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The Elite Eight Of Bali: Breaking It Down

How do the stars of the Commonwealth Bank Tournament Of Champions measure up with each other?

Published November 02, 2011 12:00

The Elite Eight Of Bali: Breaking It Down
Commonwealth Bank Tournament Of Champions

BALI, Indonesia - Eight of the WTA's most accomplished stars - all current or former Top 20 players, many of them even cracking the Top 10 and Top 5 - have assembled in Bali this week for the Commonwealth Bank Tournament Of Champions, the season-ending culmination of the WTA's International series. Bali had a regular WTA event from 2001 to 2008, the Commonwealth Bank Tennis Classic, before this year-end incarnation began back in 2009.

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The draw was made on Tuesday - below is a preview of each match-up, as well as some choice stats on each of the elite eight in beautiful Bali...

(1) Marion Bartoli (FRA #9) vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP #28)
Head-To-Head: Bartoli leads, 6-2.
Bartoli has been on a hot streak the last few weeks, winning her last seven matches (not including her illness withdrawal in Moscow). It has not been the same from Medina Garrigues, who has won only one match since the Open (though that was a double bagel). The Spaniard has beaten Bartoli twice but both came on clay, and on hardcourt the Frenchwoman is 4-0 against her.

Bartoli Quick Facts
Age: 27
Career-high: No.9 (first set October 22, 2007)
Best International result this year: Won Osaka
Tournament Of Champions record: 3-1 (R-Up in 2009)
Overall Bali record: 8-3 (2r in 2004, R-Up in 2006, R-Up in 2009)

Medina Garrigues Quick Facts
Age: 29
Career-high: No.16 (first set May 4, 2009)
Best International result this year: Won Estoril & Palermo
Tournament Of Champions record: 0-2 (RR in 2009)
Overall Bali record: 1-4 (1r in 2004, 2r in 2007, RR in 2009)

(2/WC) Peng Shuai (CHN #16) vs. Nadia Petrova (RUS #31)
Head-To-Head: Peng leads, 3-2.
It has been an absolute breakthrough season for Peng, starting the year at No.72 and going as high as No.14 in August (the second-highest ranking ever for a Chinese player, after Li Na). An old rivalry will resume as she faces Petrova, a two-time semifinalist at Bali in its first incarnation (in 2004 and 2008). Peng is 2-0 against Petrova this year, but both matches went to three sets.

Peng Quick Facts
Age: 25
Career-high: No.14 (first set August 22, 2011)
Best International result this year: SFs at Auckland, Hobart & Birmingham
Tournament Of Champions record: 0-0
Overall Bali record: 1-1 (2r in 2008)

Petrova Quick Facts
Age: 29
Career-high: No.3 (first set May 15, 2006)
Best International result this year: Won College Park
Tournament Of Champions record: 0-0
Overall Bali record: 6-2 (SF in 2004, SF in 2008)

(3) Sabine Lisicki (GER #18) vs. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK #23)
Head-To-Head: Series tied, 1-1.
In what is by far the lightest head-to-head history of the field, Lisicki and Hantuchova are only playing for the third time, splitting lopsided meetings on fast courts over the last few years (Hantuchova winning 60 62 at Luxembourg three years ago and Lisicki winning 63 62 at Birmingham earlier this year). Lisicki is also the WTA's resident blogger this week in Bali (read more here).

Lisicki Quick Facts
Age: 22
Career-high: No.17 (first set September 12, 2011)
Best International result this year: Won Birmingham & Dallas
Tournament Of Champions record: 1-1 (RR in 2009)
Overall Bali record: 1-1 (RR in 2009)

Hantuchova Quick Facts
Age: 28
Career-high: No.5 (first set January 27, 2003)
Best International result this year: Won Pattaya City
Tournament Of Champions record: 1-2 (SF in 2010)
Overall Bali record: 6-5 (1r in 2006, R-Up in 2006, SF in 2008, SF in 2010)

(4) Roberta Vinci (ITA #22) vs. (WC) Ana Ivanovic (SRB #26)
Head-To-Head: Ivanovic leads, 4-2.
No one has played better on the International circuit this year than Vinci, who has won three titles at this level (and at the two extremes of surface - two on clay, one on grass). More relevant to this match-up, she has also been able to turn around her head-to-head with Ivanovic this year - having gone 0-4 against her beforehand, she has gone 2-0 this year (both coming in straight sets).

Vinci Quick Facts
Age: 28
Career-high: No.18 (first set September 12, 2011)
Best International result this year: Won Barcelona, Den Bosch & Budapest
Tournament Of Champions record: 0-0
Overall Bali record: 1-1 (2r in 2001)

Ivanovic Quick Facts
Age: 24
Career-high: No.1 (first set June 9, 2008)
Best International result this year: SF at Birmingham
Tournament Of Champions record: 3-0 (Won in 2010)
Overall Bali record: 3-1 (1r in 2006, Won in 2010)

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