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Stats Corner: Singles & Doubles At WTA Finale

Sara Errani will be the fifth player to participate in singles and doubles at the WTA Championships since it became a round robin event.

Published October 09, 2012 05:27

Stats Corner: Singles & Doubles At WTA Finale
Sara Errani

ISTANBUL, Turkey - In two weeks, Sara Errani will become just the fifth player since the institution of the round robin format at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships in 2003 to compete in singles and doubles. That is quite a feat for any player, much less one who had never previously finished in the Top 25 in the singles race and whose highest doubles race finish was eighth.

"I'm so proud to be able to represent my country at the WTA Championships in both singles and doubles," Errani said. "This has been a wonderful year for me, and to be able to play not only singles in Istanbul, but also doubles with my good friend Roberta Vinci, is a great way to finish the season."

Errani, who collected four WTA singles and eight doubles titles this season, is currently seventh in the singles race and first in doubles alongside Vinci. Here is how the players to participate in singles and doubles since 2003 stood in the race entering the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships:

Player Year Singles Race Doubles Race
Kim Clijsters 2003 No.2 No.2
Svetlana Kuznetsova 2004 No.4 No.3
Serena Williams 2009 No.2 No.2
Venus Williams 2009 No.7 No.2
Sara Errani 2012 ? ?


Here is how those participants ended up doing in singles and doubles at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships:

Player Year Singles Result Doubles Result
Kim Clijsters 2003 W R-Up
Svetlana Kuznetsova 2004 RR SF
Serena Williams 2009 W SF
Venus Williams 2009 R-Up SF
Sara Errani 2012 ? ?


Notes: Prior to the switch to the round robin format, three players won both the singles and doubles at the WTA Championships in the same year. Martina Navratilova did it five times, Jana Novotna once and Martina Hingis once.

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