No. 1 ranking at stake at WTA Championships

Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki will have to fend off Vera Zvonareva, the world’s second-ranked player, for the championship.

peerhit_311 (photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
(photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
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 rounds.
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 out.
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.