BEIJING, CHINA – The doubles teams of Lisa Raymond/Rennae Stubbs and Vania King/Yaroslava Shvedova have qualified for the season-ending WTA Championships–Doha 2010, set to take place for the third year in a row at the Khalifa International Tennis Complex in Doha, Qatar, from October 26-31. The two teams join Gisela Dulko/Flavia Pennetta and Kveta Peschke/Katarina Srebotnik who qualified earlier.
Caroline Wozniacki, Vera Zvonareva, Serena Williams, Kim Clijsters, Samantha Stosur and Francesca Schiavone are headed to Doha for the singles competition. The world’s top eight singles players and top four doubles teams will compete for the coveted WTA Championships title and a share of the $4.5 million in prize money.
“I congratulate Lisa and Rennae and Vania and Yaroslava on qualifying for the WTA Championships. Lisa and Rennae first teamed up 15 years ago and it’s truly remarkable that they are still one of the best doubles teams in the world. Vania and Yaroslava have found success immediately after partnering earlier this spring and after two back-to-back Grand Slam doubles titles, a trip to the WTA Championships is a perfect way to end the season,” said Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO of the WTA.
Lisa Raymond/Rennae Stubbs:
After first coming together 15 years ago, Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs have won 33 titles, third in WTA history (Navratilova/Shriver–70, Fernandez/Zvereva–38). Raymond/Stubbs’ most recent title together came at the AEGON International (Eastbourne). Additionally, the team reached the final at the Mercury Insurance Open (San Diego, l. to Kirilenko/Zheng) and the Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open (Cincinnati, l. to Azarenka/Kirilenko). Raymond/Stubbs also reached the semifinals at the Australian Open, and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the US Open. As a team, Raymond/Stubbs have qualified for the year-end WTA Championships six times and won the title together in 2001. Raymond also captured the Championships title in 2005 and 2006 with Samantha Stosur, and will play at the Championships for the 11th time. Stubbs is headed to the Championships for the 15th time, having first qualified in 1992. In addition to winning in 2001, she was a finalist in 2004 (w. Black) and in 2008 (w. Peschke). Both Raymond and Stubbs are former doubles World No.1’s and jointly held the No. 1 ranking for three weeks in 2000.
Vania King/Yaroslava Shvedova:
King/Shvedova have enjoyed a breakthrough season, winning two Grand Slam titles within three months of first partnering at the AEGON Classic (Birmingham). In just their third tournament together they defeated Elena Vesnina/Vera Zvonareva to win the Wimbledon women’s doubles title and followed that up with a US Open title, saving a match point to defeat Liezel Huber/Nadia Petrova and maintain their unbeaten record in majors. They also reached the final at UNICEF Open (‘s-Hertogenbosch) losing to Alla Kudryavtseva/Anastasia Rodionova. Both King and Shvedova are headed to the WTA Championships for the first time in their careers. Shvedova – the first player in history from Kazakhstan to win a Grand Slam title of any kind – was also a runner up at the 2010 Roland Garros in mixed doubles (with Julian Knowle), while King has won 12 tour-level doubles titles with other partners.
RACE TO THE WTA CHAMPIONSHIPS–DOHA 2010 as of the week of October 4, 2010
|PLAYER||POINTS||RACE STANDING||TEAM||POINTS||RACE STANDING|
|Caroline Wozniacki**||6395||1||Gisela Dulko/Flavia Pennetta**||7411||1|
|Vera Zvonareva**||5397||2||Kveta Peschke/Katarina Srebotnik**||6146||2|
|Serena Williams**||5355||3||Serena Williams/Venus Williams^||5500||3|
|Kim Clijsters**||5295||4||Lisa Raymond/Rennae Stubbs**||5099||4|
|Venus Williams*||4985||5||Vania King/Yaroslava Shvedova**||4528||5|
|Samantha Stosur**||4568||6||Nuria Llagostera Vives/Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez||3677||6|
* Denotes player that has qualified yet withdrew due to injury
** Denotes player/team has already qualified
^ Due to Venus Williams’ injury, team unable to participate in the event of eventual qualification