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After climbing to a career-high No. 13 in the world on Monday, Shahar Pe’er has
now got her sights set on reaching the prestigious WTA Championships in Doha for
the first time in her career.
Based on the ranking points she has
collected in 2010, the 23-year-old Israeli is currently sitting in 13th place in
the season-long race to qualify for the end-of-year tournament.
top eight point-getters will participate in the Doha event, but with several top
players shelved with injuries, and two alternates to also travel to the Persian
Gulf, Pe’er seems to be well placed to reach yet another landmark
In related news, Serena Williams announced Monday that she
will likely miss the rest of the 2010 season because her injured right foot
hasn’t healed properly.
Williams said she “re-strained” her foot by
“In order not to make this worse, I have to chill on my
physical workouts, but I will immediately begin rehabbing as soon as I get the
Last week, Williams’ older sister Venus said she will miss
the rest of the 2010 season because of an injured left knee.
reigning Australian Open and Wimbledon champion, played only six tournaments
this year and lost her No. 1 ranking to Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki when the
WTA released the new list Monday.
Also on Monday, Wozniacki beat Vera
Zvonareva 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to win the rain-delayed China Open
Wozniacki converted three of her four break-points, one more than
her Russian opponent, in a match that had been postponed due to torrential
downpours on Sunday.
Zvonareva led 3-1 in the first set before losing
five straight games.
Wozniacki broke Zvonareva in the first game of the
third set and again to take a 3-0 lead.
Earlier in the day, top-seeded
Novak Djokovic defeated David Ferrer of Spain 6-2, 6-4 to defend his title in
the men’s tournament.