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06
Oct
10

Ana Ivanovic accepts a wildcard to the Bali Tournament of Champions.

Ana Ivanovic will be playing the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions in Bali after acepting a wild card into the tennis event. This tournament is a season-ending event of the Sony Ericsson WTA that will be played on November 4-7 for those players outside of the top eight who do not qualify for the Doha tournament.

“I’m very happy to be returning to Bali,” said Ana. “It’s hard to think of a more beautiful destination on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour and this year’s field is looking really, really strong. I think this combination of a wonderful setting and top players will create a great event.”

The complete field for the event is not complete yet, but Maria Sharapova, Li Na and Aravane Rezai might play there as well. Daniela Hantuchova also received a wild card to play here. Although the line-up for the 8-woman knock-out event has not yet been determined, the likes of Maria Sharapova, Li Na and last year’s winner Aravane Rezai look likely participants. The six highest-ranked winners of International-level events this year, plus two wild card entrants, make up the eight player field.  The format for 2010 has changed, from last year’s round-robin to a pure knock-out event, effectively beginning from the quarter-final stage.

08
Nov
09

Rezai wins in Bali as Bartoli retires injured.

Indonenesia Bali Open TennisAravane Rezai became the first winner of the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions when Marion Bartoli retired after losing the opening set 7-5.

The match, the first all-French final since Amelie Mauresmo defeated Mary Pierce for the Paris Indoors title in February 2006, had been shaping up beautifully as both players came out firing and engaged in a succession of furiously-contested rallies. Both pounded their groundstrokes, made great returns and ran each other around the court as they sought an advantage.

The first four games went with serve, before Bartoli broke to lead 3-2 after a strong service return from her led to Rezai netting a forehand. Bartoli then survived two break points in the next game as Rezai netted a pair of forehands, and then she held a set point at 5-3 when Rezai double-faulted.

But she made a poor return and Rezai went on to hold for 5-4. Then Bartoli missed another opportunity when she failed to serve out the set, netting a backhand on break point. Yet another chance went begging at 5-5 when Bartoli was unable to convert a break point as Rezai sent a terrific backhand winner down the line.

Leading 6-5, Rezai then went up 40-15 on Bartoli’s serve when she won a typically long and hard-fought rally, but Bartoli then limped to her chair and called for the trainer. Obviously in great pain, she received treatment to her left leg, had it taped, and tried to continue the match. But it was hopeless, and after double-faulting to lose the set she retired with a left quad strain.

“It’s a big surprise to finish like that and I’m very sorry for her,” said Rezai, who added $200,000 to her bank account. “She looks like she hurt a lot and I hope it is not a big injury.

02
Nov
09

Bali Tournament of Champions ends the WTA season.

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The draw has been made for the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions, with round-robin matches taking place from Wednesday 4th until Friday 6th November. The 12 players are split into four groups of three, with one each of the top four seeds placed into Group A, B, C and D in order of ranking. The next four players based on ranking were then drawn and placed in each group, followed by the final four.

The highest ranked winner from any of the Groups will be placed at the top of the semi-final draw, with the second highest ranked placed at the bottom. The remaining two semi-finalists will be drawn to play in the top or bottom half. Those matches take place on 5th November, with the final on the 6th.

Group A:

Marion Bartoli

Shahar Peer

Magdalena Rybarikova

Group B:

Samantha Stosur

Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez

Agnes Szavay

Group C:

Yanina Wickmayer

Anabel Medina Garrigues

Kimiko Date Krumm

Group D:

Sanine Lisicki

Melinda Czink

Aravane Rezai




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