WTA Championships player profiles

Mon, 25 Oct 09:39:00 2010

A look at all eight players competing in the season-ending WTA Tour Championships in Doha.

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CAROLINE WOZNIACKI

World Ranking – number one

Age: 20

Nation: Denmark

Season Win-Loss: 59-15

Best result at WTA Championships: semi-finals in 2009

Career singles titles: 11 (six in 2010)

Season highlights:

* Winner of six singles titles this year (first player to win more than four in a year since Justine Henin in 2007): Ponte Vedra Beach, Copenhagen, Montreal, New Haven, Tokyo and Beijing

* Winner of four of the last five tournaments

* Rose to number one ranking on October 11 for first time in her career; 20th player to do so

* 59 match wins this year – tour-leading; has won 23 of her last 24 matches (loss to Zvonareva in US Open SF)

* Youngest player in field

* Has an 85 per cent win-loss in three-set matches (best per centage in Top 40)

Other: Her brother Patrik is currently taking part in the Danish version of Strictly Come Dancing. He plays for Bronshoj in the Danish football league

VERA ZVONAREVA

World Ranking – number three (highest number three)

Age: 26

Nation: Russia

Season Win-Loss: 46-17

Best result at WTA Championships: runner-up in 2008

Career singles titles: 10 (one in 2010)

Season highlights:

* One of two players (Wozniacki is the other) to reach six or more singles finals this year

* Winner at Pattaya, also reached first two Grand Slam singles finals at Wimbledon and US Open; also runner-up at Charleston, Montreal and Beijing

* Made top three ranking debut in October

Other: Her coach Sergey Demekhin is a former model - he was the face of Abercrombie and Fitch in Russia. The pair won the Russian junior mixed doubles title together.

She supports foundation to increase understanding of Retts Syndrome (a complex neurological disorder affecting mainly girls)

KIM CLIJSTERS

World Ranking – number five (highest number one)

Age: 27

Nation: Belgium

Season win-loss: 36-6

Best result at WTA Championships: Winner 2002-03

Career singles titles: 39 (four in 2010)

Season highlights:

*Won third Grand Slam title at US Open, extending undefeated streak there to 21 matches

* Also won titles at Brisbane, Miami and Cincinnati

* Has won all six matches against top 10 opponents this year

* Only failed to reach quarter-finals three times in 10 tournaments

* Has a 36-6 win-loss ratio in 2010; win-loss percentage of 85 per cent for the year (90 per cent on hard court)

* Winner of WTA Champs in 2002-03; first appearance since 2006

Other: With Serena Williams played a match in front of a world record 35,000 fans in Brussels after Wimbledon

FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE

World Ranking – number six (highest number six)

Age: 30

Nation: Italy

Season win-loss: 39-20

Best result at WTA Championships: first appearance

Career singles titles: four (two in 2010)

Season highlights:

* Won first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros (defeating Sam Stosur in the final)

* Also won title at Barcelona; semi-finals at Auckland and Tokyo

* Achieved highest-ever ranking by an Italian woman of number six after winning at Roland Garros

* Oldest player in field

* First singles appearance at the Championships (a semi-finalist in the doubles in 2006)

* 2010 clay court win-loss percentage: 84 per cent (second behind Stosur)

Other: Has led Italy to four Fed Cup finals in the last five years; lost first eight singles finals before winning first title in 2007

SAMANTHA STOSUR

World Ranking – number eight (highest number five)

Age: 26

Nation: Australia

Season win-loss: 43-16

Best result at WTA Championships: first appearance

Career singles titles: two (one in 2010)

Season highlights:

* Reached first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros – first Australian to do so for almost 30 years

* Won biggest title to date at Charleston

* Reached finals in three out of four clay court tournaments, also runner-up at Stuttgart; has tour-leading clay court win-loss percentage (87 per cent)

* Starting at Indian Wells reached nine quarter-finals or better in 10 straight tournaments; in total 12 times in 2010

* Has served 280 aces (second on Tour behind Russia's Nadia Petrova)

* Made top 10 and top five debut – first Australian to rank in top five since 1985

* First singles appearance at the Championships (was doubles champion in 2005-06)

Other: Missed majority of 2007 season due to Lyme’s disease – a debilitating infectious tick-borne disease; has saved nine match points during the season, more than any player in the top 20

JELENA JANKOVIC

World Ranking – number eight (highest number one)

Age: 25

Nation: Serbia

Season win-loss: 38-19

Best result at WTA Championships: semi-finalist in 2008 and 2009

Career singles titles: 12 (one in 2010)

Season highlights:

* Won 12th career title at Indian Wells

* Also runner-up at Rome (became seventh player to defeat both Williams sisters in the same tournament)

* Semi-finalist at Roland Garros; passed 400-match win mark at Madrid

* Fourth straight appearance at the Championships (semi-finalist in 2008 and 2009)

Other: Won 2007 Wimbledon mixed doubles title with Jamie Murray

ELENA DEMENTIEVA

World Ranking – number nine (highest number three)

Age: 29

Nation: Russia

Season win-loss: 39-16

Best result at WTA Championships: semi-finalist in 2000, 2008, 10th appearance at Championships

Career singles titles: 16 (two in 2010)

Season highlights:

* Won two of her first three tournaments – Sydney and Paris [indoors] to bring career total to 16

* Also runner-up at Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo and semi-finalist at Roland Garros; reached quarter-finals or better nine times in 2010

* Won over 500 matches (one of only four active players to do so)

* Has been ranked in top 20 for every week of last seven-and-a-half years

* Has competed in 10 of the last 11 Championships; her best performance is reaching semi-finals in 2000 and 2008 

* Olympic gold medallist in 2008

Other: At the age of seven was coached for three years by the mother of Marat Safin and Dinara Safina

VICTORIA AZARENKA

World Ranking – number 10 (highest number six)

Age: 21

Nation: Belarus

Season win-loss: 37-18

Best result at WTA Championships: round-robin 2009

Career singles titles: four (one in 2010)

Season highlights:

* Won fourth career title at Stanford

* Also runner-up at Dubai and Eastbourne

* Reached third Grand Slam quarter-final at Australian Open

* Made Championships debut in 2009 (won one, lost two)

* Only player in field not to have contested a Grand Slam final

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