Sunday, October 31, 2010

Clijsters wins WTA Championships--Dulko & Pennetta win, too

Kim Clijsters, who has won every final in which she has competed this year, didn't disappoint in Doha Sunday. Clijsters defeated world number 1 Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in the WTA Championships. Clijsters went up 4-1 in the second set, but Wozniacki won a series of games and forced a third set. The world number 1 immediately broke in that final set, but Clijsters broke back, and continued to hold the momentum until the end of the match. "It seemed like it would never end," the champion said later.

This was the third time that Clijsters has won the Championships. The Doha victory was her fifth title of 2010; Clijsters won the U.S. Open for the second year in a row.

Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta continued their winning ways, too, defeating Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik 7-5, 6-4 in the doubles final, and saving a set point in the first set. Dulko and Pennetta are the number 1 doubles team in the world, and when the new rankings come out, Dulko will be number 1 in the world.

Long-time friends Dulko and Pennetta have played doubles together on and off for years, but decided to be a committed team in 2010. The Doha victory gives them seven titles for the year; Dulko won an eighth title with Edina Gallovits.


Sunny nine said...

Despite Wozniacki being #1 and playing more tournaments, I was happy with the outcome. Although I had some other favorite players, I thought it appropriate that Clijsters and Wozniacki be the ones in the final.
Also I was very happy for Pennetta and Dulko. They have had a fantastic year together. BTW Diane, they won 7 titles together, where you had said 6. Montreal, Miami,Bastad,Moscow,Rome, Stuttgart and Doha.

Diane said...

Oh, thanks, Sunny. Correction made. I've been traveling, and therefore blogging on the fly.

I thought it worked out about "right," too, though I wanted to see Vera in the final.

I was thrilled for Dulko and Pennetta; they really brought it on this year.