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Top 8 ladies converge on devastated Turkey for final tourney.

TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships

The eight competitors at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships were split into their two round robin groups at the official draw ceremony Sunday night, with play set to begin at the $4.9-million year-end finale on Tuesday. Women’s Tennis Association officials briefed the eight players on the quake. The season-ending tournament runs from Tuesday to Sunday at Sinan Erdem Arena. Second-ranked Maria Sharapova said she received many phone calls and e-mails expressing concern. “I think it gives us an opportunity to sit down and say, ‘We’re very, very lucky and fortunate to be doing what we’re doing,”’ Sharapova said. “These things that happen around the world, you just never know where it can happen. I mean, this was only a few hours from here.” Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki arrived in Istanbul on Thursday and wanted to pass along condolences on behalf of all the players. “All our thoughts are with everyone affected, and of course it’s never nice when something like this happens,” said Wozniacki, whose profile in Turkey has risen since she signed a commercial deal with a Turkish airline last year. “I definitely got a few messages yesterday and just asking if everything was OK, and if we’re all OK here.” At the draw ceremony Sunday, CEO Stacey Allaster said: “We will do whatever we can to support the people of Turkey in some small way through the power of sport.”

 

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