WTA CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • Serena Williams beats Li Na for WTA title October 27, 2013

    Istanbul: Serena Williams ended her best season in style, rallying past Li Na 26, 63, 60 on Sunday for her second straight WTA Championship and 11th title of the year. She became the first player to successfully defend the WTA title since Justine Henin in 2007. This was Williams' fourth WTA Championship....
  • Ailing Serena rallies, makes WTA final against Li Na October 26, 2013

    Istanbul: Serena Williams, in obvious discomfort and walking slowly during changeovers, struggled past Jelena Jankovic 64, 26, 64 on Saturday and will play Li Na in the final of the WTA Championships. Li advanced to her first WTA Championships final by sweeping 2011 winner Petra Kvitova 64, 62, setting up a...
  • Li Na reaches WTA Championships final October 26, 2013

    Istanbul: Li Na advanced to her first WTA Championships final by sweeping past 2011 winner Petra Kvitova 64, 62 on Saturday. With the victory in the semifinal, Li will rise to a careerhigh No. 3 ranking, a jump of two places. She will play for the title Sunday against the winner...
  • Petra Kvitova joins Li Na in WTA Championships semifinals October 26, 2013

    Istanbul: Li Na swept past the ailing Victoria Azarenka 62, 61 to earn a place in the semifinals of the WTA Championships at the expense of the secondranked Australian Open champion on Friday. The fourthseeded Li will play 2011 champion Petra Kvitova, who came from behind to beat Angelique Kerber 67...
  • Serena Williams to face Jelena Jankovic in Istanbul semifinals October 26, 2013

    Istanbul: Li Na reached the semifinals of the WTA Championships with a 62, 61 victory on Friday over Victoria Azarenka, who was wincing in pain from a back injury that brought her to tears. The fourthseeded Li will play 2011 champion Petra Kvitova, who rallied past Angelique Kerber 67 (3), 62,...
  • Victoria Azarenka out of WTA Championships in Istanbul October 25, 2013

    Istanbul: Li Na swept past the ailing Victoria Azarenka 62, 61 on Friday to earn a place in the semifinals of the WTA Championships and knock out the secondranked Australian Open champion. Azarenka hurt her back while serving in the sixth game of the first set and was clearly in pain...
  • Defending champion Serena Williams reaches WTA semis October 25, 2013

    Istanbul: Topranked Serena Williams advanced to the semifinals of the WTA Championships by sweeping past Petra Kvitova 62, 63 on Thursday. Williams, the defending champion, won all three matches in her group without dropping a set. She's bidding for her fourth title in the elite, eightwomen tournament. Earlier, Li Na outlasted Jelena...
  • Li Na beats Jelena Jankovic at WTA Championships October 24, 2013

    Istanbul: Li Na outlasted former doubles partner Jelena Jankovic 63, 26, 63 on Thursday for her second victory in two matches at the WTA Championships. The key to the errorfilled match full of long rallies was Li's break of serve in the third set for a 43 lead. The fourthseeded Li has...
  • Serena powers to second win in Istanbul, Jankovic shines October 24, 2013

    Istanbul: World number one Serena Williams beat Agnieszka Radwanska for the eighth time in eight matches to move ominously towards the semifinals of the WTA Championships on Wednesday. The American was again too strong for the Pole in a 62 64 victory to stay in charge of Red Group with one...
  • Li Na edges Errani, advances at WTA Championships October 23, 2013

    Istanbul: Li Na opened her WTA Championship campaign with a 63, 76 (5) victory over Sara Errani on Wednesday. Errani also lost her opening match on Tuesday to Victoria Azarenka and likely will be eliminated. Li trailed 31 in the second set but won the next four games and then could...
  • Serena Williams eases past Kerber in WTA Championships October 23, 2013

    Istanbul: World number one Serena Williams showed her determination to defend her WTA Championships title by sweeping to a 63 61 win over Angelique Kerber at the seasonending event on Tuesday. The 32yearold American broke early in each set and was too strong for the German, hitting 31 winners. Kerber, who...
  • Azarenka beats Errani at WTA Championships opener October 22, 2013

    Istanbul: Secondranked Victoria Azarenka overcame an erratic performance to beat an ailing Sara Errani 76 (4), 62 in the opening match of the WTA Championships on Tuesday. Errani hurt her right calf in the third game of the second set and took a medical timeout to have it treated. Several times...
  • WTA Championships: Serena Williams in group with Petra Kvitova October 20, 2013

    Istanbul: Topranked titleholder Serena Williams will face former winner Petra Kvitova in her group at the WTA Championships, which start Tuesday in Istanbul. Sunday's draw for the event that brings together the top eight players in the world also put Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber in Williams' Red Group. Secondranked Victoria Azarenka...
  • Injured Maria Sharapova out of WTA Championship October 7, 2013

    World number three Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the endofseason WTA Championship in Istanbul due to the shoulder injury that kept her out of the recent US Open, she told the tour website (www.wtatennis.com) on Monday. The 26yearold Russian has not played since losing to Sloane Stephens in the second round...
  • Kvitova aiming to end dismal season on a high November 1, 2012

    Prague: Petra Kvitova regards this weekend's Fed Cup final as her last chance to salvage a year which has been a big comedown after her stellar 2011. Kvitova led the Czech Republic last year to its first Fed Cup title in 23 years, and this weekend she will help defend...
  • Serena beats Sharapova to win WTA Championships October 28, 2012

    Istanbul: Her year filled with titles and trophies over, Serena Williams can at last admit it: This was a title she had her eye on. Not that any more evidence of her allconsuming, powerful game was needed, but Williams gave it anyway. She dismissed Maria Sharapova 64, 63 Sunday to win...
  • Serena and Sharapova to contest WTA final October 27, 2012

    Istanbul: Serena Willliams cruised into the final of the WTA Championships by beating Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 62, 61 on Saturday and will play Maria Sharapova for her third title at the event. Sharapova beat Victoria Azarenka 64, 62 in the second semifinal, a day after Azarenka had made sure of...
  • Serena Williams beats Radwanska to reach WTA final October 27, 2012

    Istanbul: Serena Willliams cruised into the final of the WTA Championship by beating Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 62, 61 on Saturday. Williams was never challenged by the fourthranked Radwanska apart from dropping serve in the fourth game of the first set. The American has dominated the second half of the year,...
  • Victoria Azarenka becomes No.1 with win over Li Na October 27, 2012

    Istanbul: Victoria Azarenka wrapped up the seasonending No. 1 position in the world by beating Li Na 76 (4), 63 on Friday in the WTA Championships. Azarenka secured a spot in the semifinals and will next play Maria Sharapova. "It's kind of difficult to believe that a little girl from Belarus is...
  • Sharapova beats Stosur at WTA Championships October 26, 2012

    Istanbul: Maria Sharapova swept past Sam Stosur 60, 63 at the WTA Championships on Friday to retain a small chance of finishing the year as the No. 1ranked player in the world. If Victoria Azarenka beats Li Na in the final match of the day, however, she will be assured...
  • Li beats Kerber at WTA Championships in Istanbul October 26, 2012

    Istanbul: Li Na defeated Angelique Kerber of Germany 64, 63 on Thursday to retain a slim chance of advancing at the WTA Championships. Li's first win in two roundrobin matches means she can still reach the semifinals, depending on other results in her Red Group. The fifthranked Kerber, making her first...
  • Azarenka, Sharapova sweat to wins at WTA Championships October 25, 2012

    Istanbul: Victoria Azarenka moved a step closer to securing the yearend number one ranking with a 67, 76, 64 win over Germany's Angelique Kerber at the WTA Championships on Wednesday. Azarenka needed three hours and six minutes to repel Kerber but Maria Sharapova's 57, 75, 75 win over Agnieszka Radwanska...
  • Serena Williams beats Li Na at WTA Championships October 25, 2012

    Istanbul: Serena Williams proved Wednesday at the Williams beat 2011 French Open champion Li Na of China 76 (1), 63 for her second win in WTA Championships that even when her serve is malfunctioning, she can still beat a top player. Williams beat 2011 French Open champion Li Na of...
  • Petra Kvitova pulls out of WTA Championships October 24, 2012

    Istanbul: Defending champion Petra Kvitova has withdrawn from the WTA Championships due to a viral illness and will be replaced by Samantha Stosur, tournament officials announced on Wednesday. The world number six was able to play her first match in the White group on Tuesday but was toppled 63 62 by...
  • Aggressive game helped me beat Errani: Sharapova October 24, 2012

    Istanbul: Aggression powered Maria Sharapova to victory over Italy's Sara Errani in her opening match at the USD 4.9 million WTA championships here, the Russian said. In a repeat of their only previous meeting in June's French Open final, Sharapova emerged victorious by a score of 63, 62 against Errani ...
  • Serena, Sharapova impress at WTA Championships October 24, 2012

    Istanbul: With the yearend top ranking out of reach, Serena Williams will settle for the title at the WTA Championships. In her first match since winning the U.S. Open in September, Williams defeated Angelique Kerber 64, 61 Tuesday to start roundrobin play in the seasonending event featuring the top eight players...
  • Radwanska beats Kvitova at WTA Championships October 23, 2012

    Istanbul: Agnieszka Radwanska defeated titleholder Petra Kvitova 63, 62 to start roundrobin play at the WTA Championships on Tuesday. Kvitova entered the match with a 25match winning streak indoors but she was in trouble early, losing the first three games. Although she recovered to tie at 3all, Radwanska broke serve again...
  • 'No.1, but Wozniacki is not the world's best' October 31, 2011

    Istanbul: Caroline Wozniacki will top the WTA rankings for the second consecutive year but that does not make her the best player in the world, according to former men's number one Mats Wilander. The 21yearold Dane failed to reach the semifinals at the WTA Championships in Istanbul, after winning only...
  • Kvitova wins WTA Championships October 30, 2011

    Istanbul: Petra Kvitova provided further proof that she is the rising force in women's tennis when she beat Victoria Azarenka 75 46 63 to win the WTA Championships on Sunday. The 21yearold Czech, who shot to fame by winning Wimbledon this year, produced a display of power and skill to finally...
  • WTA Ch'ships: Kvitova to meet Azarenka in finals October 30, 2011

    Istanbul: Czech lefthander Petra Kvitova stormed back from a set down to beat Samantha Stosur 57, 63, 63 in a topsy turvy semifinal at the WTA Championships on Saturday and is now one win away from collecting the $1.75 million jackpot. The 21yearold Wimbledon champion, a debutant at the seasonending showpiece...