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Stats To Chew On... Playing Like It's 1989

The Top 4 players in the world are in the semifinals of the WTA Championships - it's been a while.

Published October 27, 2012 12:00

Stats To Chew On... Playing Like It's 1989
Maria Sharapova

ISTANBUL, Turkey - When the Top 8 players assemble in one city, not only are there going to be thrills on the court, but some great nuggets for all of the stats fans out there. This week wtatennis.com will bring you stats to chew on, from that day's matches to scenarios to some other Turkish delights...

The final four at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul 2012 is made up of the Top 4 players in the world, who are also the Top 4 seeds:

(1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR #1)
(2) Maria Sharapova (RUS #2)
(3) Serena Williams (USA #3)
(4) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL #4)

Here's a variety of stats about the last time this kind of thing happened...

LAST TIME TOP 4 SEEDS IN SEMIFINALS OF WTA CHAMPIONSHIPS
2003 WTA Championships
(1) Clijsters (#1)
(2) Henin (#2)
(3) Capriati (#5)
(4) Mauresmo (#6)
~ S.Williams (#3) and Davenport (#4) did not play

LAST TIME TOP 4 PLAYERS IN SEMIFINALS OF WTA CHAMPIONSHIPS
1989 WTA Championships
Graf (#1)
Navratilova (#2)
Sabatini (#3)
Sanchez-Vicario (#4)
~ No.1 single on Billboard Hot 100 in US that week:
"When I See You Smile" by Bad English

LAST TIME TOP 4 PLAYERS IN SEMIFINALS OF ANY WTA EVENT
2012 Stuttgart
Azarenka (#1)
Sharapova (#2)
Kvitova (#3)
Radwanska (#4)

Saturday: Semifinals.

(1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR #1) vs. (2) Maria Sharapova (RUS #2)
~ Head-To-Head: Azarenka leads Sharapova, 7-4

Notes
~ Azarenka has already secured the year-end World No.1 ranking
~ Azarenka is 62-0 this year after winning the first set
~ Sharapova is 50-1 this year after winning the first set (only loss after winning the first set came to Azarenka in US Open semifinals, 36 62 64)

(3) Serena Williams (USA #3) vs. (4) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL #4)
~ Head-To-Head: Williams leads Radwanska, 3-0

Notes
~ Williams has won 16 matches in a row against Top 5 players (the last loss to a Top 5 player came to Zvonareva at Eastbourne in June 2011, her second match back from a year-long injury/illness lay-off - and she led 63 53 in that)
~ Williams has won 46 of her last 48 matches
~ Radwanska's three-hour, 29-minute win against Errani in the round robin on Friday was the longest best-of-three-set match in WTA Championships history

BONUS STAT: YEAR-END TOP 10
With one exception, the year-end Top 10 is now set:
1. Victoria Azarenka
2. Maria Sharapova
3. Serena Williams
4. Agnieszka Radwanska
5. Angelique Kerber
6. Sara Errani
7. Li Na
8. Petra Kvitova
9. Samantha Stosur
10. [Marion Bartoli or Caroline Wozniacki] (depends on Wozniacki in Sofia)

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