Well, aside from this invitational tournament in Bali I kinda don't get, the WTA season is essentially over with Petra Kvitova beating Victoria Azarenka in the year-end championships.
Kvitova, this year's Wimbledon champ, is the first player to win the YEC on her debut since Maria Sharapova back in '04. That's not really bad company to be in. Another similarity: Sharapova won Wimbledon that year, too. Can Kvitova pull off another Maria-like feat and get to number one, though?
I wouldn't bet against her. The main thing she's going to have to do is play consistently on a week-to-week basis, much like Caroline Wozniacki has been doing for the past couple of years. That's what gets you to the top, and keeps you there, too--even if you don't win Slams. (Sorry Caroline, it had to be said!)
But as she's shown through most of the year, Kvitova definitely has the game. It'll be interesting how she handles being so close to the peak in the months ahead.
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.