Friday, October 30, 2009

Round (and around and around) robin

The semifinals are now set at the WTA Year-End Championships in Doha with Serena Williams set to play Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams slated to go against Jelena Jankovic.

But honestly, aside from Serena going undefeated, the way everyone else advanced has my head spinning! Venus got there on sets won, Jankovic benefited from Dinara Safina's retirement and Wozniacki got help when Victoria Azarenka had to retire against alternate Agnieszka Radwanska, a real tough break for the Ukrainian.

It's been an interesting tournament, to say the least, just by the sheer unpredictability of the results. And you want to know what's really been shocking to me, though? The performance of Serena. Of course, she has the ability to run through any event she enters, but doesn't do that nearly as much as she did in her earlier years. She's gonna end the year at number one, regardless if she wins the whole shebang here or not. But going undefeated here and taking home the hardware, I think, would be a sign that she really wants to show that she's the best.

(Photo: AP)