Vika became only the 11th year end No. 1 since the rankings began in 1975.
ISTANBUL – Serena Williams has cruised in to the semifinals, but Maria Sharapova did not, as Aga Radwanska pushed her past three hours her second match and while she easily took care of Sara Errani in her opening match and pounded Samantha Stosur 6-0 6-3 in a dead rubber on Friday, she has by no means been on top of her game.
She will need to be in the semifinals, as she will face her new nemesis Victoria Azarenka, who sealed the year-end top spot with 7-6 (4) 6-3 win over Li Na. While Azarenka may not be the people
ISTANBUL, October 25 – This is beginning to get silly and as hard as Victoria Azarenka has been trying to find a way to best Serena Williams, holding a 1-11 record against the 15-time Grand Slam champ and incurring five losses to her this year is black mark on her resume. On Thursday, Williams overcame came a 0-3 deficit in the second set to take down Belarussian 6-4, 6-4 in match where Serena played cleanly for the most part, but did not have to serve great and or be terribly efficient off the ground. She did not need to win the contest to reach the semifinals as she had already quailed, so it was a perfect opportunity for Azarenka to score a win over Williams. But she could not, as she double faulted nine times was broken five times, only nailed 15 winners to 35 from Williams and flubbed numerous big points. Azarenka actually won a higher percentage of their baseline rallies, but was so vulnerable on her serve that she couldn’t get into enough of them with her nose in front. Once Azarenka let go of the 3-0 lead (which was two breaks by the way) it seemed assured that Serena would find a way to best her, just like she did at Madrid, Wimbledon, the Olympics, the US Open. She has won 12 of their 13 sets and is clearly better than she is. Now, that does not mean she is much better than Azarenka is, but mentally, she