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The 2008 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour was the elite professional tennis circuit organized by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) for the 2008 tennis season. The 2008 WTA Tour calendar comprises the Grand Slam tournaments (supervised by the International Tennis Federation (ITF)), the WTA Tier I-IV Events, the Fed Cup (organized by the ITF), the year-end championships, and the tennis event at the Beijing Summer Olympic Games.

2008 WTA Tour
Jelena-jankovic.jpg
Jelena Janković was the year-end No. 1 in a season of disarray at the very top.
Details
DurationDecember 31 – November 9
Edition38th
Tournaments59
CategoriesGrand Slam (4)
WTA Championships
Summer Olympics
WTA Tier I (9)
WTA Tier II (14)
WTA Tier III (17)
WTA Tier IV (13)
Achievements (singles)
Most tournament titlesUnited States Serena Williams (4)
Russia Dinara Safina (4)
Serbia Jelena Janković (4)
Most tournament finalsRussia Vera Zvonareva (8)
Prize money leaderUnited States Serena Williams
(US$3,852,173)
Points leaderSerbia Jelena Janković (4,786)
Awards
Player of the yearUnited States Serena Williams
Doubles Team of the yearZimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
Most improved
player of the year
Russia Dinara Safina
Newcomer of the yearDenmark Caroline Wozniacki
Comeback
player of the year
China Zheng Jie
2007
2009

The season was characterised by its frequent changes in the No. 1 ranking, with Justine Henin, Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Janković and Serena Williams all holding the position at one point during the season. Eventually Janković finished the season as the No. 1 player in the world despite not winning a Grand Slam tournament. She did however reach the final of the U.S. Open, and won four tournaments throughout the season.

Four players won the Grand Slam titles. Maria Sharapova won her third major title at the Australian Open, Ana Ivanovic won her maiden title at the French Open, Venus Williams won her seventh Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, and Serena Williams won her ninth Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open. Dinara Safina also reached her first Grand Slam final at the French Open, and won four events during the season.

One of the big stories of the year was the shock retirement of Justine Henin on May 14, less than two weeks before she was set to defend her French Open title.[1] She became the first player to retire while ranked at No. 1 in the world. Henin later returned for the 2010 season.

SummaryEdit

Justine Henin started the season as the No. 1 ranked player in the world. Following her impressive 2007 season and victory at the warm-up tournament in Sydney, she was considered the outright favourite to win the Australian Open. However she was beaten in emphatic fashion by Maria Sharapova in the quarterfinals, who then defeated Jelena Janković and Ana Ivanovic to win her third Grand Slam title. Daniela Hantuchová also reached her first Grand Slam semifinal. Sister team Alona and Kateryna Bondarenko pulled off an unexpected title run in the Women's Doubles, while Sun Tiantian teamed up with Nenad Zimonjić to win her first Grand Slam tournament of any kind in the Mixed Doubles event.

 
Maria Sharapova started the year on an 18-match winning streak.

Sharapova continued to impress by winning the tournament in Doha, before her 18-match win streak was snapped by Svetlana Kuznetsova in the semifinals of Indian Wells. Kuznetsova went on to lose to Ivanovic in the final. It was then the turn of Serena Williams to build a win streak, claiming the titles in Bangalore, Miami—her fifth title at the event, tying Steffi Graf for the most singles titles at this tournament—and then Charleston. Her 17-match winning run was eventually ended in Berlin by Dinara Safina, who had already beaten Henin in that tournament, and subsequently went on to lift the title.

During the Rome tournament Henin announced her shock retirement from professional tennis, becoming the first player ever to retire whilst ranked at No. 1 in the world. Henin's removal from the rankings meant that then-No. 2 Maria Sharapova became the new No. 1 by default. Jelena Janković eventually won the tournament in Rome.

With Henin's retirement the French Open was considered to be wide open. World No. 1 Sharapova was stopped by Safina in the fourth round, who fought back from match points down to win, before doing the same against Elena Dementieva in the quarterfinals. She eventually reached her first Grand Slam final. On the other side of the draw Ana Ivanovic came through after an all-Serbian semifinal with Jelena Janković, which meant that Ivanovic would move to the No. 1 position regardless of the result in the final. She ended up beating Safina for her first Slam title. In the women's doubles tournament Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual were victorious, the first Slam for Medina Garrigues and the tenth for Ruano Pascual. Victoria Azarenka won her second Grand Slam in the mixed doubles event.

The third Grand Slam of the year at Wimbledon brought with it some surprises: for the first time in the Open Era none of the top four seeds managed to reach the semifinals. World No. 1 Ivanovic surrendered to Zheng Jie in the third round, who went on to become the first Chinese women to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam in singles. Tamarine Tanasugarn knocked out Janković en route to her only major quarterfinal. Sharapova was upset by Alla Kudryavtseva, and Kuznetsova lost to Agnieszka Radwańska, who had shown prior form winning the warm-up tournament in Eastbourne. Serena Williams and her sister Venus Williams reached the final, the first Grand Slam final between the two since Wimbledon five years ago. Venus would defeat her sister for her fifth Wimbledon title. They also teamed up to win the doubles title, their seventh as a team. In the mixed doubles event Samantha Stosur won with Bob Bryan.

 
Dinara Safina won four titles and improved to No. 3 in the world during the season.

Ivanovic lost her No. 1 ranking in August, as fellow Serbian Jelena Janković ascended to the top position for the first time. Dinara Safina proved strong on the summer hardcourts, winning titles in Los Angeles and Montréal. She then made it to the final match at the Beijing Olympics, but lost to Dementieva, who achieved her biggest career victory with the gold medal. With Vera Zvonareva also winning the bronze medal it meant that Russia swept the podium in the singles event. Li Na almost made a strong run at home, but lost in the bronze medal match. In doubles Serena and Venus Williams won their second gold medals together, after winning at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Ivanovic regained the No. 1 position following the Olympics, and held it heading into the U.S. Open. There it was up to grabs with five women—Ivanovic, Janković, Safina, Kuznetsova, and Serena Williams—being in contention for the top spot. Ivanovic was upset in the second round by Julie Coin, one of the worst losses for a top-ranked player ever. Serena would defeat Jelena Janković in the final. By virtue of winning her eighth major title Williams ascended to the top ranking for the first time since 2002. In the doubles tournament Cara Black and Liezel Huber won their fourth Grand Slam as a team, with Black also victorious in the mixed doubles with Leander Paes.

The fall season saw Jelena Janković return to the No. 1 position after winning events in Beijing, Stuttgart and Moscow, and thus securing the year-end No. 1 ranking. Dinara Safina won the title in Tokyo, beating Petrova and Kuznetsova en route. Both had a solid indoor season with Petrova making the final of Stuttgart and winning Quebec, and Kuznetsova finishing runner-up in Beijing and Tokyo. Vera Zvonareva also had a strong finish to the year, reaching the final of Moscow and Linz, where she lost to Ivanovic, and the WTA Tour Championships in Doha, where she lost to Venus Williams. Williams won her first title at the year-end championships. Other players at the final event were semifinalists Elena Dementieva and Jelena Janković, Dinara Safina, Serena Williams, Ana Ivanovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova, plus alternates Agnieszka Radwańska and Nadia Petrova. In the doubles event Black and Huber successfully defended the title they won in 2007.

ScheduleEdit

The table below shows the 2008 WTA Tour schedule.

Key
Grand Slam events
Summer Olympic Games
Year-end championships
Tier I events
Tier II events
Tier III events
Tier IV events
Team events

JanuaryEdit

Week Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
31 Dec Hopman Cup
Perth, Australia
Hopman Cup
A$1,000,000 – Hard (i) – 8 teams (RR)
  United States
2–1
  Serbia
Round Robin losers (Group A)
  France
  Chinese Taipei
  Argentina
Round Robin losers (Group B)
  India
  Australia
  Czech Republic
Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts
Gold Coast, Australia
Tier III event
$175,000 - Hard - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Li Na
4–6, 6–3, 6–4
  Victoria Azarenka   Patty Schnyder
  Shahar Pe'er
  Nicole Vaidišová
  Amélie Mauresmo
  Dinara Safina
  Dominika Cibulková
  Dinara Safina
  Ágnes Szávay
6–1, 6–2
  Yan Zi
  Zheng Jie
ASB Classic
Auckland, New Zealand
Tier IV event
$145,000 - Hard - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Lindsay Davenport
6–2, 6–2
  Aravane Rezaï   Marina Erakovic
  Tamira Paszek
  Vera Zvonareva
  Katarina Srebotnik
  Sara Errani
  Maria Kirilenko
  Mariya Koryttseva
  Lilia Osterloh
6–3, 6–4
  Martina Müller
  Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
7 Jan Medibank International
Sydney, Australia
Tier II event
$600,000 - Hard - 28S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Justine Henin
4–6, 6–2, 6–4
  Svetlana Kuznetsova   Ana Ivanovic
  Nicole Vaidišová
  Kaia Kanepi
  Katarina Srebotnik
  Jelena Janković
  Francesca Schiavone
  Yan Zi
  Zheng Jie
6–4, 7–6(7–5)
  Tatiana Perebiynis
  Tatiana Poutchek
Moorilla Hobart International
Hobart, Australia
Tier IV event
$170,000 - Hard - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Eleni Daniilidou
Walkover
  Vera Zvonareva   Flavia Pennetta
  Ashley Harkleroad
  Casey Dellacqua
  Sania Mirza
  Edina Gallovits
  Elena Vesnina
  Anabel Medina Garrigues
  Virginia Ruano Pascual
6–2, 6–4
  Eleni Daniilidou
  Jasmin Wöhr
14 Jan
21 Jan
Australian Open
Melbourne, Australia
Grand Slam
$8,000,000 - Hard - 128S/96Q/64D/32X
Singles - Doubles - Mixed Doubles
  Maria Sharapova
7–5, 6–3
  Ana Ivanovic   Jelena Janković
  Daniela Hantuchová
  Justine Henin
  Serena Williams
  Venus Williams
  Agnieszka Radwańska
  Alona Bondarenko
  Kateryna Bondarenko
2–6, 6–1, 6–4
  Victoria Azarenka
  Shahar Pe'er
  Nenad Zimonjić
  Sun Tiantian
7–6(7–4), 6–4
  Mahesh Bhupathi
  Sania Mirza
28 Jan Fed Cup: Quarterfinals
HaSharon, Israel, Hard
California, United States, Hard
Beijing, China, Hard (i)
Naples, Italy, Hard (i)
First Round winners
  Russia 4–1
  United States 4–1
  China 3–2
  Spain 3–2
First Round losers
  Israel
  Germany
  France
  Italy

FebruaryEdit

Week Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
4 Feb Open Gaz de France
Paris, France
Tier II event
$600,000 - Hard (i) - 28S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Anna Chakvetadze
6–3, 2–6, 6–2
  Ágnes Szávay   Marion Bartoli
  Elena Dementieva
  Amélie Mauresmo
  Virginie Razzano
  Kateryna Bondarenko
  Daniela Hantuchová
  Alona Bondarenko
  Kateryna Bondarenko
6–1, 6–4
  Eva Hrdinová
  Vladimíra Uhlířová
Pattaya Women's Open
Pattaya, Thailand
Tier IV event
$170,000 - Hard - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Agnieszka Radwańska
6–2, 1–6, 7–6(7–4)
  Jill Craybas   Ekaterina Bychkova
  Akgul Amanmuradova
  Tamarine Tanasugarn
  Vesna Manasieva
  Chan Yung-jan
  Andreja Klepač
  Chan Yung-jan
  Chuang Chia-jung
6–4, 6–3
  Hsieh Su-wei
  Vania King
11 Feb Proximus Diamond Games
Antwerp, Belgium
Tier II event
$600,000 - Hard (i) - 28S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Justine Henin
6–3, 6–3
  Karin Knapp   Timea Bacsinszky
  Li Na
  Alisa Kleybanova
  Daniela Hantuchová
  Patty Schnyder
  Sofia Arvidsson
  Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
6–1, 6–3
  Květa Peschke
  Ai Sugiyama
Cachantún Cup
Viña del Mar, Chile
Tier III event
$200,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Flavia Pennetta
6–4, 5–4 ret.
  Klára Zakopalová   Pauline Parmentier
  Mariya Koryttseva
  Kaia Kanepi
  Martina Müller
  Nuria Llagostera Vives
  Lourdes Domínguez Lino
  Līga Dekmeijere
  Alicja Rosolska
7–5, 6–3
  Mariya Koryttseva
  Julia Schruff
18 Feb Qatar Total Open
Doha, Qatar
Tier I event
$2,500,000 - Hard - 56S/32Q/28D
Singles - Doubles
  Maria Sharapova
6–1, 2–6, 6–0
  Vera Zvonareva   Agnieszka Radwańska
  Li Na
  Dominika Cibulková
  Caroline Wozniacki
  Jelena Janković
  Sybille Bammer
  Květa Peschke
  Rennae Stubbs
6–1, 5–7, 10–7
  Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
XVI Copa Colsanitas Santander
Bogotá, Colombia
Tier III event
$185,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Nuria Llagostera Vives
6–0, 6–4
  María Emilia Salerni   Betina Jozami
  Carla Suárez Navarro
  Martina Müller
  Sara Errani
  Catalina Castaño
  Mariana Duque Mariño
  Iveta Benešová
  Bethanie Mattek
6–3, 6–3
  Jelena Kostanić Tošić
  Martina Müller
25 Feb Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tier II event
$1,500,000 - Hard - 28S/48Q/28D
Singles - Doubles
  Elena Dementieva
4–6, 6–3, 6–2
  Svetlana Kuznetsova   Francesca Schiavone
  Jelena Janković
  Justine Henin
  Ana Ivanovic
  Anna Chakvetadze
  Amélie Mauresmo
  Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
7–5, 6–2
  Yan Zi
  Zheng Jie
Abierto Mexicano Telcel
Acapulco, Mexico
Tier III event
$180,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/16Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Flavia Pennetta
6–0, 4–6, 6–1
  Alizé Cornet   Kaia Kanepi
  Jill Craybas
  Edina Gallovits
  Sorana Cîrstea
  Iveta Benešová
  Mariya Koryttseva
  Nuria Llagostera Vives
  María José Martínez Sánchez
6–2, 6–4
  Iveta Benešová
  Petra Cetkovská
Cellular South Cup
Memphis, United States
Tier III event
$175,000 - Hard (i) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Lindsay Davenport
6–2, 6–1
  Olga Govortsova   Marina Erakovic
  Shahar Pe'er
  Alla Kudryavtseva
  Caroline Wozniacki
  Sofia Arvidsson
  Julia Görges
  Lindsay Davenport
  Lisa Raymond
6–3, 6–1
  Angela Haynes
  Mashona Washington

MarchEdit

Week Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
3 Mar Canara Bank Bangalore Open
Bangalore, India
Tier II event
$600,000 - Hard - 28S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Serena Williams
7–5, 6–3
  Patty Schnyder   Yan Zi
  Venus Williams
  Jelena Janković
  Akgul Amanmuradova
  Anastasia Rodionova
  Vera Zvonareva
  Peng Shuai
  Sun Tiantian
6–4, 5–7, 10–8
  Chan Yung-jan
  Chuang Chia-jung
10 Mar
17 Mar
Pacific Life Open
Indian Wells, United States
Tier I event
$2,100,000 - Hard - 96S/48Q/32D
Singles - Doubles
  Ana Ivanovic
6–4, 6–3
  Svetlana Kuznetsova   Jelena Janković
  Maria Sharapova
  Vera Zvonareva
  Lindsay Davenport
  Daniela Hantuchová
  Agnieszka Radwańska
  Dinara Safina
  Elena Vesnina
6–1, 1–6, 10–8
  Yan Zi
  Zheng Jie
24 Mar
31 Mar
Sony Ericsson Open
Key Biscayne, United States
Tier I event
$3,770,000 - Hard - 96S/48Q/32D
Singles - Doubles
  Serena Williams
6–1, 5–7, 6–3
  Jelena Janković   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Vera Zvonareva
  Justine Henin
  Venus Williams
  Elena Dementieva
  Dinara Safina
  Katarina Srebotnik
  Ai Sugiyama
7–5, 4–6, 10–3
  Cara Black
  Liezel Huber

AprilEdit

Week Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
7 Apr Bausch & Lomb Championships
Amelia Island, United States
Tier II event
$600,000 - Clay (Green) - 56S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Maria Sharapova
7–6(9–7), 6–3
  Dominika Cibulková   Lindsay Davenport
  Alizé Cornet
  Alona Bondarenko
  Ágnes Szávay
  Virginie Razzano
  Amélie Mauresmo
  Bethanie Mattek
  Vladimíra Uhlířová
6–3, 6–1
  Victoria Azarenka
  Elena Vesnina
14 Apr Family Circle Cup
Charleston, United States
Tier I event
$1,340,000 - Clay (Green) - 56S/24Q/28D
Singles - Doubles
  Serena Williams
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
  Vera Zvonareva   Elena Dementieva
  Alizé Cornet
  Jelena Janković
  Patty Schnyder
  Ágnes Szávay
  Maria Sharapova
  Katarina Srebotnik
  Ai Sugiyama
6–2, 6–2
  Edina Gallovits
  Olga Govortsova
Estoril Open
Estoril, Portugal
Tier IV event
$145,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Maria Kirilenko
6–4, 6–2
  Iveta Benešová   Maret Ani
  Klára Zakopalová
  Camille Pin
  Olga Savchuk
  Karin Knapp
  Tathiana Garbin
  Maria Kirilenko
  Flavia Pennetta
6–4, 6–4
  Mervana Jugić-Salkić
  İpek Şenoğlu
21 Apr Fed Cup: Semifinals
Moscow, Russia, Clay (i)
Beijing, China, Hard (i)
Semifinals winners
  Russia 3–2
  Spain 4–1
Semifinals losers
  United States
  China
28 April Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem
Fes, Morocco
Tier IV event
$145,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/24Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Gisela Dulko
7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–5)
  Anabel Medina Garrigues   Gréta Arn
  Aravane Rezaï
  Olga Savchuk
  Petra Cetkovská
  Alisa Kleybanova
  Sorana Cîrstea
  Sorana Cîrstea
  Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
6–2, 6–2
  Alisa Kleybanova
  Ekaterina Makarova
ECM Prague Open
Prague, Czech Republic
Tier IV event
$145,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Vera Zvonareva
7–6(7–2), 6–2
  Victoria Azarenka   Katarina Srebotnik
  Klára Zakopalová
  Roberta Vinci
  Iveta Benešová
  Karolína Plíšková
  Shahar Pe'er
  Andrea Hlaváčková
  Lucie Hradecká
1–6, 6–3, 10–6
  Jill Craybas
  Michaëlla Krajicek

MayEdit

Week Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
5 May Qatar Telecom German Open
Berlin, Germany
Tier I event
$1,340,000 - Clay (Red) - 56S/32Q/28D
Singles - Doubles
  Dinara Safina
3–6, 6–2, 6–2
  Elena Dementieva   Victoria Azarenka
  Ana Ivanovic
  Serena Williams
  Alona Bondarenko
  Jelena Janković
  Ágnes Szávay
  Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
3–6, 6–2, 10–2
  Nuria Llagostera Vives
  María José Martínez Sánchez
12 May Internazionali BNL d'Italia
Rome, Italy
Tier I event
$1,340,000 - Clay (Red) - 56S/48Q/28D
Singles - Doubles
  Jelena Janković
6–2, 6–2
  Alizé Cornet   Anna Chakvetadze
  Maria Sharapova
  Tsvetana Pironkova
  Serena Williams
  Venus Williams
  Patty Schnyder
  Chan Yung-jan
  Chuang Chia-jung
7–6(7–5), 6–3
  Iveta Benešová
  Janette Husárová
19 May Istanbul Cup
Istanbul, Turkey
Tier III event
$200,000 - Clay (Red) - 30S/26Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Agnieszka Radwańska
6–3, 6–2
  Elena Dementieva   Akgul Amanmuradova
  Tsvetana Pironkova
  Jill Craybas
  Nadia Petrova
  Olga Govortsova
  Andreja Klepač
  Jill Craybas
  Olga Govortsova
6–1, 6–2
  Marina Erakovic
  Polona Hercog
Internationaux de Strasbourg
Strasbourg, France
Tier III event
$175,000 - Clay (Red) - 30S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Anabel Medina Garrigues
4–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–0
  Katarina Srebotnik   Chan Yung-jan
  Timea Bacsinszky
  Peng Shuai
  Ai Sugiyama
  Flavia Pennetta
  Alona Bondarenko
  Tatiana Perebiynis
  Yan Zi
6–4, 6–7(3–7), 10–6
  Chan Yung-jan
  Chuang Chia-jung
26 May
2 Jun
French Open
Paris, France
Grand Slam
$9,711,335 - Clay (Red) - 128S/96Q/64D/32X
Singles - Doubles - Mixed Doubles
  Ana Ivanovic
6–4, 6–3
  Dinara Safina   Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Jelena Janković
  Elena Dementieva
  Kaia Kanepi
  Carla Suárez Navarro
  Patty Schnyder
  Anabel Medina Garrigues
  Virginia Ruano Pascual
2–6, 7–5, 6–4
  Casey Dellacqua
  Francesca Schiavone
  Bob Bryan
  Victoria Azarenka
6–2, 7–6(7–4)
  Nenad Zimonjić
  Katarina Srebotnik

JuneEdit

Week Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
9 Jun DFS Classic
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Tier III event
$200,000 - Grass - 56S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Kateryna Bondarenko
7–6(9–7), 3–6, 7–6(7–4)
  Yanina Wickmayer   Marina Erakovic
  Bethanie Mattek
  Petra Cetkovská
  Alona Bondarenko
  Melanie South
  Nicole Vaidišová
  Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
6–2, 6–1
  Séverine Brémond
  Virginia Ruano Pascual
Barcelona Open
Barcelona, Spain
Tier IV event
$145,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/28Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Maria Kirilenko
6–0, 6–2
  María José Martínez Sánchez   Nuria Llagostera Vives
  Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro
  Sara Errani
  Lucie Šafářová
  Ekaterina Ivanova
  Edina Gallovits
  Lourdes Domínguez Lino
  Arantxa Parra Santonja
4–6, 7–5, 10–4
  Nuria Llagostera Vives
  María José Martínez Sánchez
16 Jun International Women's Open
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Tier II event
$600,000 - Grass - 28S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Agnieszka Radwańska
6–4, 6–7(11), 6–4
  Nadia Petrova   Samantha Stosur
  Marion Bartoli
  Caroline Wozniacki
  Ekaterina Makarova
  Gisela Dulko
  Alisa Kleybanova
  Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
2–6, 6–0, 10–8
  Květa Peschke
  Rennae Stubbs
Ordina Open
's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Tier III event
$175,000 - Grass - 30S/16Q/15D
Singles - Doubles
  Tamarine Tanasugarn
7–5, 6–3
  Dinara Safina   Elena Dementieva
  Alona Bondarenko
  Sorana Cîrstea
  Katarina Srebotnik
  Michaëlla Krajicek
  Anna Chakvetadze
  Marina Erakovic
  Michaëlla Krajicek
6–3, 6–2
  Līga Dekmeijere
  Angelique Kerber
23 Jun
30 Jun
Wimbledon Championships
Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom
Grand Slam
$10,524,070 - Grass - 128S/96Q/64D/32X
Singles - Doubles - Mixed Doubles
  Venus Williams
7–5, 6–4
  Serena Williams   Zheng Jie
  Elena Dementieva
  Nicole Vaidišová
  Agnieszka Radwańska
  Nadia Petrova
  Tamarine Tanasugarn
  Serena Williams
  Venus Williams
6–2, 6–2
  Lisa Raymond
  Samantha Stosur
  Bob Bryan
  Samantha Stosur
7–5, 6–4
  Mike Bryan
  Katarina Srebotnik

JulyEdit

Week Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
7 Jul Budapest Grand Prix
Budapest, Hungary
Tier III event
$175,000 - Clay (Red) - 30S/31Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Alizé Cornet
7–6(7–5), 6–3
  Andreja Klepač   Karolina Šprem
  Gréta Arn
  Petra Kvitová
  Katalin Marosi
  Klára Zakopalová
  Anna-Lena Grönefeld
  Alizé Cornet
  Janette Husárová
6–7(5–7), 6–1, 10–6
  Vanessa Henke
  Ioana Raluca Olaru
Internazionali Femminili di Palermo
Palermo, Italy
Tier IV event
$145,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Sara Errani
6–2, 6–3
  Mariya Koryttseva   Flavia Pennetta
  Anabel Medina Garrigues
  Margalita Chakhnashvili
  Carla Suárez Navarro
  Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
  Tathiana Garbin
  Sara Errani
  Nuria Llagostera Vives
2–6, 7–6(7–1), 10–4
  Alla Kudryavtseva
  Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
14 Jul Bank of the West Classic
Stanford, United States
Tier II event
$600,000 - Hard - 28S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Aleksandra Wozniak
7–5, 6–3
  Marion Bartoli   Serena Williams
  Ai Sugiyama
  Patty Schnyder
  Samantha Stosur
  Dominika Cibulková
  Anna Chakvetadze
  Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
6–4, 6–3
  Elena Vesnina
  Vera Zvonareva
Gastein Ladies
Bad Gastein, Austria
Tier III event
$175,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Pauline Parmentier
6–4, 6–4
  Lucie Hradecká   Ágnes Szávay
  Mariya Koryttseva
  Iveta Benešová
  Yvonne Meusburger
  Tereza Hladíková
  Patricia Mayr
  Andrea Hlaváčková
  Lucie Hradecká
6–3, 6–3
  Sesil Karatantcheva
  Nataša Zorić
21 Jul East West Bank Classic
Los Angeles, United States
Tier II event
$600,000 - Hard - 56S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Dinara Safina
6–4, 6–2
  Flavia Pennetta   Jelena Janković
  Bethanie Mattek
  Nadia Petrova
  Victoria Azarenka
  Sybille Bammer
  Yuan Meng
  Chan Yung-jan
  Chuang Chia-jung
2–6, 7–5, 10–4
  Eva Hrdinová
  Vladimíra Uhlířová
Banka Koper Slovenia Open
Portorož, Slovenia
Tier IV event
$145,000 - Hard - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Sara Errani
6–3, 6–3
  Anabel Medina Garrigues   Caroline Wozniacki
  Julia Görges
  Maria Kirilenko
  Vera Dushevina
  Elena Bovina
  Petra Martić
  Anabel Medina Garrigues
  Virginia Ruano Pascual
6–4, 6–1
  Vera Dushevina
  Ekaterina Makarova
28 Jul Rogers Cup
Montreal, Canada
Tier I event
$1,340,000 - Hard - 56S/48Q/28D
Singles - Doubles
  Dinara Safina
6–2, 6–1
  Dominika Cibulková   Victoria Azarenka
  Marion Bartoli
  Tamira Paszek
  Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Ai Sugiyama
  Jelena Janković
  Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
6–1, 6–1
  Maria Kirilenko
  Flavia Pennetta
Nordea Nordic Light Open
Stockholm, Sweden
Tier IV event
$145,000 - Hard - 32S/16Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Caroline Wozniacki
6–0, 6–2
  Vera Dushevina   Agnieszka Radwańska
  Katarina Srebotnik
  Camille Pin
  Anabel Medina Garrigues
  Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Iveta Benešová
  Iveta Benešová
  Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
7–5, 6–4
  Petra Cetkovská
  Lucie Šafářová

AugustEdit

Week Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
11 Aug Summer Olympic Games
Beijing, China
$0 - Hard - 64S/32D
Singles - Doubles
  Gold   Silver   Bronze Fourth place   Sybille Bammer
  Serena Williams
  Venus Williams
  Jelena Janković
  Elena Dementieva
3–6, 7–5, 6–3
  Dinara Safina   Vera Zvonareva
6–0, 7–5
  Li Na
  Serena Williams
  Venus Williams
6–2, 6–0
  Anabel Medina Garrigues
  Virginia Ruano Pascual
  Yan Zi
  Zheng Jie
6–2, 6–2
  Alona Bondarenko
  Kateryna Bondarenko
W&S Financial Group Women's Open
Mason, United States
Tier III event
$175,000 - Hard - 32S/16Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Nadia Petrova
6–2, 6–1
  Nathalie Dechy   Amélie Mauresmo
  Maria Kirilenko
  Vania King
  Aleksandra Wozniak
  Sabine Lisicki
  Lilia Osterloh
  Maria Kirilenko
  Nadia Petrova
6–3, 4–6, 10–8
  Hsieh Su-wei
  Yaroslava Shvedova
18 Aug Pilot Pen Tennis
New Haven, United States
Tier II event
$600,000 - Hard - 28S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Caroline Wozniacki
3–6, 6–4, 6–1
  Anna Chakvetadze   Amélie Mauresmo
  Alizé Cornet
  Sorana Cîrstea
  Ágnes Szávay
  Marion Bartoli
  Daniela Hantuchová
  Květa Peschke
  Lisa Raymond
4–6, 7–5, 10–7
  Sorana Cîrstea
  Monica Niculescu
Forest Hills Tennis Classic
Forest Hills, USA
Tier IV event
$74,800 - Hard - 16S
Singles
  Lucie Šafářová
6–4, 6–2
  Peng Shuai   Carla Suárez Navarro
  Iveta Benešová
  Vera Dushevina
  Martina Müller
  Ekaterina Makarova
  Jamea Jackson
25 Aug
1 Sep
U.S. Open
New York, United States
Grand Slam
$9,350,000 - Hard - 128S/96Q/64D/32X
Singles - Doubles - Mixed Doubles
  Serena Williams
6–4, 7–5
  Jelena Janković   Dinara Safina
  Elena Dementieva
  Flavia Pennetta
  Venus Williams
  Patty Schnyder
  Sybille Bammer
  Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
6–3, 7–6(8–6)
  Lisa Raymond
  Samantha Stosur
  Leander Paes
  Cara Black
7–6(8–6), 6–4
  Jamie Murray
  Liezel Huber

SeptemberEdit

Week Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
8 Sep Commonwealth Bank Tennis Classic
Bali, Indonesia
Tier III event
$225,000 - Hard - 30S/8Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Patty Schnyder
6–3, 6–0
  Tamira Paszek   Daniela Hantuchová
  Nadia Petrova
  Chan Yung-jan
  Flavia Pennetta
  Francesca Schiavone
  Marta Domachowska
  Hsieh Su-wei
  Peng Shuai
6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–3), 10–7
  Marta Domachowska
  Nadia Petrova
Fed Cup: Final
Madrid, Spain, Clay
  Russia
4–0
  Spain
15 Sep Toray Pan Pacific Open
Tokyo, Japan
Tier I event
$1,340,000 - Hard - 28S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Dinara Safina
6–1, 6–3
  Svetlana Kuznetsova   Katarina Srebotnik
  Nadia Petrova
  Jelena Janković
  Elena Dementieva
  Kaia Kanepi
  Agnieszka Radwańska
  Vania King
  Nadia Petrova
6–1, 6–4
  Lisa Raymond
  Samantha Stosur
Guangzhou International Women's Open
Guangzhou, China
Tier III event
$175,000 - Hard - 32S/21Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Vera Zvonareva
6–7(4–7), 6–0, 6–2
  Peng Shuai   Zheng Jie
  Camille Pin
  Karin Knapp
  Tamira Paszek
  Jill Craybas
  Arantxa Rus
  Mariya Koryttseva
  Tatiana Poutchek
6–3, 4–6, 10–8
  Sun Tiantian
  Yan Zi
22 Sep China Open
Beijing, China
Tier II event
$600,000 - Hard - 28S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Jelena Janković
6–3, 6–2
  Svetlana Kuznetsova   Vera Zvonareva
  Zheng Jie
  Daniela Hantuchová
  Anabel Medina Garrigues
  Dominika Cibulková
  Ana Ivanovic
  Anabel Medina Garrigues
  Caroline Wozniacki
6–1, 6–3
  Han Xinyun
  Xu Yifan
Hansol Korea Open
Seoul, South Korea
Tier IV event
$145,000 - Hard - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Maria Kirilenko
2–6, 6–1, 6–4
  Samantha Stosur   Kaia Kanepi
  Jill Craybas
  Pauline Parmentier
  Yanina Wickmayer
  Ekaterina Makarova
  Shahar Pe'er
  Chuang Chia-jung
  Hsieh Su-wei
6–3, 6–0
  Vera Dushevina
  Maria Kirilenko
29 Sep Porsche Tennis Grand Prix
Stuttgart, Germany
Tier II event
$650,000 - Hard (i) - 28S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Jelena Janković
6–4, 6–3
  Nadia Petrova   Victoria Azarenka
  Venus Williams
  Li Na
  Elena Dementieva
  Dinara Safina
  Vera Zvonareva
  Anna-Lena Grönefeld
  Patty Schnyder
6–2, 6–4
  Květa Peschke
  Rennae Stubbs
Japan Open Tennis Championships
Tokyo, Japan
Tier III event
$175,000 - Hard - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Caroline Wozniacki
6–2, 3–6, 6–1
  Kaia Kanepi   Jarmila Gajdošová
  Aleksandra Wozniak
  Tamarine Tanasugarn
  Klára Zakopalová
  Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
  Samantha Stosur
  Jill Craybas
  Marina Erakovic
4–6, 7–5, 10–6
  Ayumi Morita
  Aiko Nakamura
Tashkent Open
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Tier IV event
$145,000 - Hard - 32S/16Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Sorana Cîrstea
2–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
  Sabine Lisicki   Peng Shuai
  Magdaléna Rybáriková
  Monica Niculescu
  Urszula Radwańska
  Michelle Larcher de Brito
  Ioana Raluca Olaru
  Ioana Raluca Olaru
  Olga Savchuk
5–7, 7–5, 10–7
  Nina Bratchikova
  Kathrin Wörle

OctoberEdit

Week Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
6 Oct Kremlin Cup
Moscow, Russia
Tier I event
$1,340,000 - Hard (i) - 28S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Jelena Janković
6–2, 6–4
  Vera Zvonareva   Elena Dementieva
  Dinara Safina
  Flavia Pennetta
  Nadia Petrova
  Dominika Cibulková
  Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Nadia Petrova
  Katarina Srebotnik
6–4, 6–4
  Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
13 Oct Zurich Open
Zürich, Switzerland
Tier II event
$600,000 - Hard (i) - 28S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Venus Williams
7–6(7–1), 6–2
  Flavia Pennetta   Anabel Medina Garrigues
  Ana Ivanovic
  Katarina Srebotnik
  Victoria Azarenka
  Francesca Schiavone
  Petra Kvitová
  Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
6–1, 7–6(7–3)
  Anna-Lena Grönefeld
  Patty Schnyder
20 Oct Generali Ladies Linz
Linz, Austria
Tier II event
$600,000 - Hard (i) - 28S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Ana Ivanovic
6–2, 6–1
  Vera Zvonareva   Agnieszka Radwańska
  Marion Bartoli
  Flavia Pennetta
  Nadia Petrova
  Alona Bondarenko
  Alizé Cornet
  Katarina Srebotnik
  Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 7–5
  Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
Fortis Championships Luxembourg
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Tier III event
$225,000 - Hard (i) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Elena Dementieva
2–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
  Caroline Wozniacki   Sorana Cîrstea
  Li Na
  Amélie Mauresmo
  Daniela Hantuchová
  Anabel Medina Garrigues
  Iveta Benešová
  Sorana Cîrstea
  Marina Erakovic
2–6, 6–3, 10–8
  Vera Dushevina
  Mariya Koryttseva
27 Oct Bell Challenge
Quebec City, Canada
Tier III event
$175,000 - Carpet (i) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles - Doubles
  Nadia Petrova
4–6, 6–4, 6–1
  Bethanie Mattek   Angela Haynes
  Aleksandra Wozniak
  Melinda Czink
  Nathalie Dechy
  Galina Voskoboeva
  Melanie Oudin
  Anna-Lena Grönefeld
  Vania King
7–6(7–3), 6–4
  Jill Craybas
  Tamarine Tanasugarn

NovemberEdit

Week Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Round robin
3 Nov WTA Tour Championships
Doha, Qatar
Year-end Championship
$4,550,000 - Hard - 8S (Round Robin)/4D
Singles - Doubles
  Venus Williams
6–7(5–7), 6–0, 6–2
  Vera Zvonareva   Elena Dementieva
  Jelena Janković
  Ana Ivanovic
  Svetlana Kuznetsova
  Dinara Safina
  Serena Williams
  Nadia Petrova
  Agnieszka Radwańska
  Cara Black
  Liezel Huber
6–1, 7–5
  Květa Peschke
  Rennae Stubbs

Calendar changesEdit

  • Prize money continued to increase to a record of approximately $67 million.[2]
  • The J&S Cup, the Acura Classic, and the PTT Bangkok Open were all removed from the calendar.[3]
  • The Bangalore Open was promoted to a Tier II event, from its former Tier III status.[3]
  • The Zurich Open was demoted from Tier I to Tier II, and the Fortis Championships Luxembourg from Tier II to Tier III, with prize money also being reduced in both events to accommodate the change in status.[3]
  • One new event was created: the Cachantún Cup, held in Viña del Mar, Chile.[3]
  • The Toray Pan Pacific Open was moved from its normal February position in the calendar to September. It also changed from an indoor event to an outdoor event.[3]
  • Fed Cup quarterfinals and semifinals were held earlier, with the final still following the U.S. Open in September.[3]
  • The Qatar Total Open was elevated from Tier II status to Tier I, with prize money increasing to $2.5 million.[3]
  • Lastly, the WTA Tour Championships were relocated from their previous location of Madrid, Spain in 2006 and 2007, to Doha, Qatar for 2008. The prize money was also raised from $3 million to $4.5 million.[3]

StatisticsEdit

Titles informationEdit

List of players & singles titles won, last name alphabetically:

The following players won their first title:

Titles won by Nation

  •   Russia - 18 (Australian Open, Paris, Doha, Dubai, Amelia Island, Estoril, Prague, Berlin, Barcelona, Los Angeles, Montréal, Olympics, Cincinnati, Tokyo, Guangzhou, Seoul, Luxembourg, and Quebec City)
  •   United States - 9 (Auckland, Memphis, Bangalore, Key Biscayne, Charleston, Wimbledon, US Open, Zürich, and WTA Tour Championships)
  •   Serbia - 7 (Indian Wells, Rome, French Open, Beijing, Stuttgart, Moscow, and Linz)
  •   Italy - 4 (Viña del Mar, Acapulco, Palermo, and Portorož)
  •   Denmark - 3 (Stockholm, New Haven, and Tokyo (Tier III))
  •   Poland - 3 (Pattaya, Istanbul, and Eastbourne)
  •   Belgium - 2 (Sydney and Antwerp)
  •   Spain - 2 (Bogotá and Strasbourg)
  •   France - 2 (Budapest and Bad Gastein)
  •   Argentina - 1 (Fes)
  •   Canada - 1 (Stanford)
  •   China - 1 (Gold Coast)
  •   Czech Republic - 1 (Forest Hills)
  •   Greece - 1 (Hobart)
  •   Romania - 1 (Tashkent)
  •    Switzerland - 1 (Bali)
  •   Thailand - 1 ('s-Hertogenbosch)
  •   Ukraine - 1 (Birmingham)

RankingsEdit

Singles Championship Race (3 November 2008)
Rk Name Nation Points Tour
1 Jelena Janković   SRB 4,786 21
2 Dinara Safina   RUS 3,823 20
3 Serena Williams   USA 3,681 12
4 Elena Dementieva   RUS 3,400 18
5 Ana Ivanovic   SRB 3,353 17
6 Vera Zvonareva   RUS 2,626 24
7 Svetlana Kuznetsova   RUS 2,623 18
8 Venus Williams   USA 2,522 13
9 Maria Sharapova   RUS 2,515 9
10 Agnieszka Radwańska   POL 2,256 23
11 Nadia Petrova   RUS 1,914 24
12 Flavia Pennetta   ITA 1,814 26
13 Caroline Wozniacki   DEN 1,756 23
14 Patty Schnyder    SUI 1,596 23
15 Alizé Cornet   FRA 1,499 23
16 Victoria Azarenka   BLR 1,497 20
17 Marion Bartoli   FRA 1,487 25
18 Dominika Cibulková   SVK 1,447 25
19 Katarina Srebotnik   SLO 1,410 24
20 Anna Chakvetadze   RUS 1,370 23
Singles Year-end Ranking
Rk Name Nation Points Change
1 Jelena Janković   SRB 4,710 +2
2 Serena Williams   USA 3,866 +5
3 Dinara Safina   RUS 3,817 +12
4 Elena Dementieva   RUS 3,663 +7
5 Ana Ivanovic   SRB 3,457 -1
6 Venus Williams   USA 3,272 +2
7 Vera Zvonareva   RUS 2,952 +15
8 Svetlana Kuznetsova   RUS 2,726 -6
9 Maria Sharapova   RUS 2,515 -4
10 Agnieszka Radwańska   POL 2,286 +16
11 Nadia Petrova   RUS 1,976 +3
12 Caroline Wozniacki   DEN 1,713 +48
13 Flavia Pennetta   ITA 1,670 +26
14 Patty Schnyder    SUI 1,590 +2
15 Victoria Azarenka   BLR 1,494 +15
16 Alizé Cornet   FRA 1,492 +39
17 Marion Bartoli   FRA 1,410 -7
18 Anna Chakvetadze   RUS 1,363 -12
19 Dominika Cibulková   SVK 1,337 +32
20 Katarina Srebotnik   SLO 1,272 +7

Number 1 RankingEdit

Holder Date Gained Date Forfeited
  Justine Henin (BEL) Year-End 2007 19 May 2008
  Maria Sharapova (RUS) 19 May 2008 9 June 2008
  Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 9 June 2008 11 August 2008
  Jelena Janković (SRB) 11 August 2008 18 August 2008
  Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 18 August 2008 8 September 2008
  Serena Williams (USA) 8 September 2008 6 October 2008
  Jelena Janković (SRB) 6 October 2008 Year-End 2008

Points distributionEdit

Category W F SF QF R16 R32 R64 R128 Q Q3 Q2 Q1
Grand Slam (S) 2000 1400 900 500 280 160 100 5 60 50 40 2
Grand Slam (D) 2000 1400 900 500 280 160 5 48
WTA Championships (S) +450 +360 (230 for each win, 70 for each loss)
WTA Championships (D) 1500 1050 690
WTA Premier Mandatory (96S) 1000 700 450 250 140 80 50 5 30 20 1
WTA Premier Mandatory (64S) 1000 700 450 250 140 80 5 30 20 1
WTA Premier Mandatory (28/32D) 1000 700 450 250 140 5
WTA Premier 5 (56S) 800 550 350 200 110 60 1 30 20 1
WTA Premier 5 (28D) 800 550 350 200 110 1
WTA Premier (56S) 470 320 200 120 60 40 1 12 8 1
WTA Premier (32S) 470 320 200 120 60 1 20 12 8 1
WTA Premier (16D) 470 320 200 120 1
Tournament of Champions +280 +170 (125 for each win, 35 for each loss)
WTA International (56S) 280 200 130 70 30 15 1 10 6 1
WTA International (32S) 280 200 130 70 30 1 16 10 6 1
WTA International (16D) 280 200 130 70 1

AwardsEdit

The winners of the 2008 WTA Awards were announced on 25 March 2009, during a special ceremony at the Sony Ericsson Open.[4]

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Henin announces shock retirement". BBC News. 2007-05-14. Retrieved 2010-06-06.
  2. ^ "2008/2009 Calendar Press Release" (PDF).
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "2008 WTA Tour".
  4. ^ Williams, Safina, Ivanovic Among WTA Award Winners