Being a Patty Schnyder fan is not for sissies, and once again, today, we were disappointed to see Patty stand as a finalist in yet another tournament. So many finals...so few wins. She was defeated by Daniela Hantuchova, who tends to choke at big moments, but not today. Or perhaps Schnyder's head problems were just greater than Hantuchova's.
Having won the Generali Ladies Linz, Hantuchova moved to a tie with Maria Sharapova for the number 8 spot in the race to the Year-End Championships. Theoretically, the 8th spot would have gone to the player who had played more tournaments, but number 7 Venus Williams withdrew today, citing medical reasons, so both Hantuchova and Sharapova are in. Sharapova could withdraw, however, because of her shoulder injury, and that would put Marion Bartoli into the 8th spot.