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DOHA, Qatar – Just weeks after becoming the top-ranked women’s tennis
player Caroline Wozniacki will have to fight to keep that title at the WTA
Championships in Doha.
The 20-year-old Dane won’t face a challenge from
injured Serena Williams, who she replaced as No. 1, or Williams’ sister Venus,
who is also hurt. But she will have to fend off Vera Zvonareva of Russia, the
world’s second-ranked player, who she beat in a tough three-set match earlier
this month at the China Open.
The eight-player tournament starts Tuesday
with a round-robin group stage, with the top two players from each group
advancing to the semifinals.
Wozniacki and Zvonareva are in different
groups but could potentially face each other in the knockout
Shahar Pe’er is training in Doha under tight security, but as the
second alternate in attendance, she will only end up playing if two players pull
The 23-year-old Israeli, currently ranked at a career-high No. 13 in
the world, made the tournament in Qatar as an alternate after both Serena and
Venus Williams and Justine Henin announced they would not play again this season
because of injuries.