Errr...is it just me or does Ana look 14 in that picture? And why does JJ look she's qualified for the Year End Swimming Championships?
Congratulations to JJ and Ana, both of whom are the first to qualify for the Sony Ericcson WTA Year End Championships in Doha. For the uninitiated, players qualify for the YECs based on the number of rankings points they acquire in the current calendar year (as opposed to their actual rankings points, which are based on a 52 week revolving calendar). The top 8 players in "The Race" qualify for the year-end tournament, which features Round Robin play.
Last year's tournament saw The Match of the Year in the final between the dominant Justine Henin and a rested and resurgent Maria Sharapova. Justine won but in retrospect, most people agree that Maria gained a lot of confidence in that loss, which would she would take to Melbourne a few months later to dominate the Australian Open, and Justine began to realize how hard she had to work to continue her dominance. In my opinion, that hard fought struggle with Maria was the beginning of the end for Justine. She would go on to drop a set to Ana Ivanovic in Sydney, get dusted by Maria at the AO, lose to Francesca Schiavone in Dubai, lose badly to Serena in Miami, and then of course her last loss to Dinara Safina in Berlin.