Kim Clijsters of Belgium took gold in Doha, while Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark tops the world rankings. Sadly, Victoria Azarenko failed to continue beyond the group stage this year. After beaten by Russian Vera Zvonareva early on, Victoria needed a win over Kim Clijsters to reach the play-offs.
However, the three set match quickly revealed Kim’s superiority. Azarenko’s defeat of Jelena Jankovic of Serbia was unable to change anything, despite the Belarusian winning easily over two sets.
As a result, Azarenko remains in tenth place (with 4,235 points) having won in Stanford and Moscow this year. In the finals match in Stanford, Victoria defeated Maria Sharapova and, in the decisive match of the Kremlin Cup, she beat Russia’s Maria Kirilenko. Moreover, this season, Azarenko was just one step away from two more titles. In the finals of a tournament in Dubai, she lost to Venus Williams and, in the UK’s Eastbourne, she lost the final to Russia’s Yekaterina Makarova.
Victoria now closes the WTA ranking’s top ten players, which are led by Caroline Wozniacki (8,035 points), Vera Zvonareva (6,785) and Kim Clijsters (6,635). Another Belarusian — Olga Govortsova — has reached the top hundred tennis players, holding 73rd place, with 848 points.