The field is technically decided for the WTA’s season ending championships in Doha, though the game’s biggest stars are also the biggest questions marks going into the event:
Here’s the line up (via Tennis.com)
1. Caroline Wozniacki
2. Vera Zvonareva
3. Serena Williams*
4. Kim Clijsters
(5. Venus Williams – withdrawn)
6. Sam Stosur
7. Francesca Schiavone
8. Jelena Jankovic
9. Elena Dementieva
*Serena Williams announced via her website on Sunday that she’s “likely out for the rest of the year now.” Here’s her full explanation:
My dearest fans
I have been training for many weeks to get back to playing tennis as quickly possible since my foot surgery in mid-July. Yesterday I learned that I had tried too hard, and did too much too soon. After practicing yesterday morning I felt discomfort in my foot and tests by my doctor revealed that I had unfortunately re-strained it, as a result of over training.
I am likely out for the year now. I was really looking forward to beginning my comeback in Linz, followed by the Year-end championships in Doha. I feel completely heartbroken, and devastated, but knowing I will never be given more than I can handle I plan on coming back stronger and better. However, in order not to make this worse, I have to chill on my physical workouts but I will immediately begin rehabbing as soon as I get the Doc’s OK. Keep me in your prayers (I need them).
Thank you all for your support and love.
This means that Serena will likely join her sister (out for the season with knee injury) on the no-show list for the Fed Cup final vs. Italy in San Diego this November. So, so unfortunate. It’s hard to say a harsh word when it comes to injuries, but this is just a really crappy way to end the WTA season.
By the way, Pete Bodo has a really interesting – if slightly paranoid – take on the “House of Williams” in his blog this week. Here’s a tidbit:
Serena has behaved more like a heavyweight champ. She’s picked her fights carefully (or has been forced to do so because of fitness and injury issues), it seems, understanding that at some level it’s unwise and perhaps even pointless to go out and lay your reputation on the line week after week. What do you really have to prove, after a spell?
Serena knows she’s the best. We know she’s the best. The entire WTA tour knows she’s the best. Why play unless she absolutely has to?
Still, I was really looking forward to Schiavone vs. Williams with national pride on the line.
Moving on. . .Kim Clijsters pulled out of last week’s tournament in Beijing because of her own foot problems following a mole removal surgery – let’s keep our toes crossed that she’s ready to go when the year-end tournament starts on October 26.