2008 WTA Tour Championships

2008 WTA Tour Championships
Date November 4 – November 9
Edition 38th (singles) / 33rd (doubles)
Location Doha, Qatar
Venue Khalifa International Tennis Complex
United States Venus Williams
Zimbabwe Cara Black / United States Liezel Huber

The 2008 WTA Tour Championships (also known as the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Championships for sponsorship reasons) was a tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts. It was the 38th edition of the year-end singles championships, the 33rd edition of the year-end doubles championships, and is part of the 2008 WTA Tour. It took place at the Khalifa International Tennis Complex in Doha, Qatar, from November 4 through November 9, 2008.



United States Venus Williams defeated Russia Vera Zvonareva, 6–7(5–7), 6–0, 6–2


Zimbabwe Cara Black / United States Liezel Huber defeated Czech Republic Květa Peschke / Australia Rennae Stubbs, 6–1, 7–5


The top eight players and the top four doubles teams in the 2008 WTA Tour will qualify for the Championships. Two more players will also come to Doha as reserves. Should any player withdraw, they will enter the tournament.

# Players Points Tours Date qualified
1 Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 4,786 30 July
2 Dinara Safina (RUS) 3,823 4 September
3 Serena Williams (USA) 3,681 13 4 September
4 Elena Dementieva (RUS) 3,400 18 September
5 Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 3,353 18 30 July
6 Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 2,627 17 October
7 Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 2,626 25 October
8 Venus Williams (USA) 2,524 25 October

Qualified singles players

On 30 July, Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic became the first two players to qualify for the year-end championships.[1]

Jelena Jankovic reached her first Grand Slam final at the US Open.

Following a surging 2007, Jelena Jankovic started the year at the Hopman Cup where she partnered with Novak Djokovic to reach the final, losing out to United State's Serena Williams and Mardy Fish.[2] She reached the semifinals of the Australian Open a few weeks after falling to Maria Sharapova, the eventual champion [3] where she beat Serena Williams en route in the quarterfinals. In the months of February and March, she reached a lone final at the Sony Ericsson Open losing to Serena Williams 1-6, 7-5, 3-6. She further reached two semifinals and two quarterfinals. In the clay season, Jankovic managed to win the Italian Open for the second straight year against surprise finalist, Alize Cornet who was an 18-year-old qualifier. At the French Open, she reached her third straight major semifinal but fell in three grueling sets to once again the eventual champion in Ana Ivanovic, a match that decided the new World No.1.

Jankovic then headed straight to Wimbledon where she made a shocking loss to Tamarine Tanasugarn in the fourth round. Jankovic eventually became the 18th female No. 1, replacing compatriot Ivanovic on August 11.[4] At the Beijing Olympics, she lost to eventual silver medalist Dinara Safina in the quarterfinals. At the US Open, Jankovic beat Elena Dementieva in the final four to reach her first Grand Slam final but lost to Serena Williams. In the fall season, she won three consecutive tournaments at the China Open, the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix and the Kremlin Cup justifying her return to the top spot.

Ana Ivanovic won the French Open.

Ana Ivanovic began the 2008 season by reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open where she lost to Maria Sharapova in straight sets. She then managed to win her sixth title and third Tier I title in Indian Wells, beating Jelena Jankovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova in the semifinals and finals respectively. Following a mediocre pre-French Open season where she failed to defend her title in Berlin, she entered Roland Garros as the second seed and favourite. She lived up to that expectation by winning her first Grand Slam (and her only to date) and becoming the first Serbian to reach the No. 1 spot, virtue of beating fellow compatriot Jankovic in the semifinals.[5] She defeated first-time Grand Slam finalist Dinara Safina 6-4, 6-3. In her first tournament as the new world No. 1 at Wimbledon, she was upset in the third round by Chinese wildcard Zheng Jie. Following a disappointing Wimbledon campaign, she suffered an injury-marred US Open Series as she withdrew from Los Angeles and the Olympics, which Ivanovic described as "one of the worst moments in my career". She played only one tournament which was at the Rogers Cup and was eliminated in the third round. As the top seed for the US Open, she suffered for the second straight major a loss to a player ranked outside the top 100 in French qualifier Julie Coin. She returned to form in October by winning the indoor tournament in Linz as well as reach the semifinals at the Kremlin Cup.

On 4 September, Serena Williams and Dinara Safina were announced as the third and fourth qualifiers for the Championships.[6]

Serena Williams won her third US Open title.

Serena Williams started the year at the Hopman Cup where she teamed up with Mardy Fish to win it for the US. At the Australian Open, she made the quarterfinals losing to Jelena Jankovic.

Dinara Safina won four titles during the year.

On 18 September, Elena Dementieva became the fifth qualifier for the Championships.[7]

On 17 October, by reaching the quarterfinals at the Kremlin Cup, Svetlana Kuznetsova was confirmed as the sixth qualifier.[8]

Svetlana Kuznetsova qualifies for the third straight year.

On 25 October, the final two spots were taken by Vera Zvonareva and Venus Williams.[9]

Venus Williams won her fifth Wimbledon title.

Singles alternates

Withdrawn players

Qualified doubles teams


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