WTA Diary: 50 Wins & Counting
Published October 31, 2013 12:01
Every week there's a lot happening on the WTA - on the court, off the court, by the numbers, even a few tweets... catch up on it all in this week's WTA Diary.
Serena Williams wrapped up a wonderful season on Sunday with a dramatic defeat of Li Na in the final of the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul. However, while the Top 10 have signed off for another year, there is still plenty to play for, including the Fed Cup final, a couple of WTA 125K Series events and the small matter of the $750,000 Garanti Koza WTA Tournament Of Champions in Sofia, which kicked off on Tuesday.
Talking of Sofia, on Wednesday Simona Halep defeated Alizé Cornet to become the first player to qualify for the semifinals. It was also her 50th win of the season - a record only bettered by Serena (78), Agnieszka Radwanska (56) and Petra Kvitova (51).
Next year, the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships moves to Singapore, and the Istanbul faithful were out in force to bid farewell with a record crowd of 16,457 packing into the Sinan Erdem Dome for Sunday's final.
By The Numbers
Here are some other numbers from the Championships.
End Of An Era
After five silverware-filled years, Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka have decided to go their separate ways. Next year, Hlavackova will play with Michaella Krajicek, while Hradecka will partner fellow Czech Lucie Safarova.
Former World No.4 Jelena Dokic, who has not played since April 2012 due to a wrist injury, is targeting a comeback at the start of next year.
"With my wrist, I thought I would never hold a racquet again after my surgery," Dokic said in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald. "The day after I couldn't move my hand. Even three months later I couldn't even write, let alone play tennis. From that point of view, I'm very lucky to be on the court and very lucky to be able to train to try and come back."
Things are going swimmingly for Eugenie Bouchard on court at the moment, but if things ever take a turn for the worse, she's got a contingency plan.
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