Today was day 3 of the WTA year-end championships, 3 matches were played, each of the 3 matches went to 3 sets, and Kim Clijsters won her match (she’s seeded as number 3).
The most exciting of those 3’s is the fact that each of the 3 matches went to 3 sets. After 2 lackadaisical days of matches worthy of qualifying rounds of a challenger tournament (possibly minus the match between Victoria Azarenka and Vera Zvonareva) it was nice to see Elena Dementieva come back healthy (and win) and all players up their game and play tennis worthy of the year-end championships.
With a win over Francesca Schiavone 3-6, 6-1, 6-1, Caroline Wozniacki will end the year as the WTA world number 1. With today’s win, she also qualified for the semifinals, in second place behind Zvonareva in the Maroon Group.
“Francesca was playing really, really good in the first set and I didn’t have too many chances to break her. I just hung in there and kept my focus and tried to get a little more aggressive and not let her dictate the game and that helped me through,” Wozniacki said.
Clijsters beat Azarenka 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 and, with Sam Stosur, qualified for the semifinals for the White Group (they will play each other tomorrow to decide who finishes first and plays Wozniacki in the semis).
“It was a good match and obviously disappointing to lose that second set. It was close. She dropped her level a little bit in third set and everything she was doing well in second set she kind of lost that a little. I was happy with that. I just tried to be aggressive, focused and not let her get back in the match,” Clijsters said.
After winning her first two matches, Stosur lost to Dementieva 4-6, 6-4, 7-6, but having won the first set, automatically qualified for the semis.
“I was trying to improve my game coming in this match. Playing someone who had a great win last night, I was trying to fight for every point and it feels great to win 7-6 in the third,” Dementieva said.
Well, even though today was a day of 3’s, we’ve found our way into the final 4 and one step closer to crowning our year-end champion. Will it be Clijsters, Zvonareva, Stosur or Wozniacki? We’ll soon see.