2008 WTA Tour

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2008 WTA Tour
Jelena Janković was the year-end No. 1 in a season of disarray at the very top.
Jelena Janković was the year-end No. 1 in a season of disarray at the very top.
Details
Duration December 31 – November 9
Edition 38th
Tournaments 59
Categories Grand Slam (4)
WTA Championships
Summer Olympics
WTA Tier I (9)
WTA Tier II (14)
WTA Tier III (17)
WTA Tier IV (13)
Achievements
Most tournament titles United States Serena Williams (4)
Russia Dinara Safina (4)
Serbia Jelena Janković (4)
Most tournament finals Russia Vera Zvonareva (8)
Prize money leader United States Serena Williams ($3,852,173)
Points leader Serbia Jelena Janković (4,786)
Awards
Player of the year United States Serena Williams
Doubles Team of the year Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
Most improved player of the year Russia Dinara Safina
Newcomer of the year Denmark Caroline Wozniacki
Comeback player of the year China Zheng Jie
2007
2009

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.

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 different 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.

Summary[edit]

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 sweeped 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.

Schedule[edit]

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

January[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
31 December 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 Draw - Doubles Draw
China Li Na
4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Belarus Victoria Azarenka Switzerland Patty Schnyder
Israel Shahar Pe'er
Czech Republic Nicole Vaidišová
France Amélie Mauresmo
Russia Dinara Safina
Slovakia Dominika Cibulková
Russia Dinara Safina
Hungary Ágnes Szávay

6–1, 6–2
China Yan Zi
China Zheng Jie
ASB Classic
Auckland, New Zealand
Tier IV event
$145,000 - Hard - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Lindsay Davenport
6–2, 6–2
France Aravane Rezaï New Zealand Marina Erakovic
Austria Tamira Paszek
Russia Vera Zvonareva
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
Italy Sara Errani
Russia Maria Kirilenko
Ukraine Mariya Koryttseva
United States Lilia Osterloh

6–3, 6–4
Germany Martina Müller
Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
7 January Medibank International
Sydney, Australia
Tier II event
$600,000 - Hard - 28S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Belgium Justine Henin
4–6, 6–2, 6–4
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova Serbia Ana Ivanovic
Czech Republic Nicole Vaidišová
Estonia Kaia Kanepi
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
Serbia Jelena Janković
Italy Francesca Schiavone
China Yan Zi
China Zheng Jie

6–4, 7–6(5)
Ukraine Tatiana Perebiynis
Belarus Tatiana Poutchek
Moorilla Hobart International
Hobart, Australia
Tier IV event
$170,000 - Hard - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Greece Eleni Daniilidou
Walkover
Russia Vera Zvonareva Italy Flavia Pennetta
United States Ashley Harkleroad
Australia Casey Dellacqua
India Sania Mirza
Romania Edina Gallovits
Russia Elena Vesnina
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual

6–2, 6–4
Greece Eleni Daniilidou
Germany Jasmin Wöhr
14 January
21 January
Australian Open
Melbourne, Australia
Grand Slam
$8,000,000 - Hard - 128S/96Q/64D/32X
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw - Mixed Doubles Draw
Russia Maria Sharapova
7–5, 6–3
Serbia Ana Ivanovic Serbia Jelena Janković
Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Belgium Justine Henin
United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
Ukraine Alona Bondarenko
Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko

2–6, 6–1, 6–4
Belarus Victoria Azarenka
Israel Shahar Pe'er
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
China Sun Tiantian

7–6(4), 6–4
India Mahesh Bhupathi
India Sania Mirza
28 January 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

February[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
4 February Open Gaz de France
Paris, France
Tier II event
$600,000 - Hard (i) - 28S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Russia Anna Chakvetadze
6–3, 2–6, 6–2
Hungary Ágnes Szávay France Marion Bartoli
Russia Elena Dementieva
France Amélie Mauresmo
France Virginie Razzano
Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko
Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Ukraine Alona Bondarenko
Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko

6–1, 6–4
Czech Republic Eva Hrdinová
Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlířová
Pattaya Women's Open
Pattaya, Thailand
Tier IV event
$170,000 - Hard - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
6–2, 1–6, 7–6(4)
United States Jill Craybas Russia Ekaterina Bychkova
Uzbekistan Akgul Amanmuradova
Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn
Russia Vesna Manasieva
Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
Slovenia Andreja Klepač
Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung

6–4, 6–3
Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
United States Vania King
11 February Proximus Diamond Games
Antwerp, Belgium
Tier II event
$600,000 - Hard (i) - 28S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Belgium Justine Henin
6–3, 6–3
Italy Karin Knapp Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky
China Li Na
Russia Alisa Kleybanova
Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Switzerland Patty Schnyder
Sweden Sofia Arvidsson
Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber

6–1, 6–3
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Japan Ai Sugiyama
Cachantún Cup
Viña del Mar, Chile
Tier III event
$200,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Italy Flavia Pennetta
6–4, 5–4 ret.
Czech Republic Klára Zakopalová France Pauline Parmentier
Ukraine Mariya Koryttseva
Estonia Kaia Kanepi
Germany Martina Müller
Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
Spain Lourdes Domínguez Lino
Latvia Līga Dekmeijere
Poland Alicja Rosolska

7–5, 6–3
Ukraine Mariya Koryttseva
Germany Julia Schruff
18 February Qatar Total Open
Doha, Qatar
Tier I event
$2,500,000 - Hard - 56S/32Q/28D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Russia Maria Sharapova
6–1, 2–6, 6–0
Russia Vera Zvonareva Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
China Li Na
Slovakia Dominika Cibulková
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki
Serbia Jelena Janković
Austria Sybille Bammer
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Australia Rennae Stubbs

6–1, 5–7, 10–7
Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
XVI Copa Colsanitas Santander
Bogotá, Colombia
Tier III event
$185,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
6–0, 6–4
Argentina María Emilia Salerni Argentina Betina Jozami
Spain Carla Suárez Navarro
Germany Martina Müller
Italy Sara Errani
Colombia Catalina Castaño
Colombia Mariana Duque Mariño
Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
United States Bethanie Mattek

6–3, 6–3
Croatia Jelena Kostanić Tošić
Germany Martina Müller
25 February Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tier II event
$1,500,000 - Hard - 28S/48Q/28D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Russia Elena Dementieva
4–6, 6–3, 6–2
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova Italy Francesca Schiavone
Serbia Jelena Janković
Belgium Justine Henin
Serbia Ana Ivanovic
Russia Anna Chakvetadze
France Amélie Mauresmo
Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber

7–5, 6–2
China Yan Zi
China Zheng Jie
Abierto Mexicano Telcel
Acapulco, Mexico
Tier III event
$180,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/16Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Italy Flavia Pennetta
6–0, 4–6, 6–1
France Alizé Cornet Estonia Kaia Kanepi
United States Jill Craybas
Romania Edina Gallovits
Romania Sorana Cîrstea
Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Ukraine Mariya Koryttseva
Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez

6–2, 6–4
Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Czech Republic Petra Cetkovská
Cellular South Cup
Memphis, United States
Tier III event
$175,000 - Hard (i) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Lindsay Davenport
6–2, 6–1
Belarus Olga Govortsova New Zealand Marina Erakovic
Israel Shahar Pe'er
Russia Alla Kudryavtseva
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki
Sweden Sofia Arvidsson
Germany Julia Görges
United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Lisa Raymond

6–3, 6–1
United States Angela Haynes
United States Mashona Washington

March[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
3 March Canara Bank Bangalore Open
Bangalore, India
Tier II event
$600,000 - Hard - 28S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Serena Williams
7–5, 6–3
Switzerland Patty Schnyder China Yan Zi
United States Venus Williams
Serbia Jelena Janković
Uzbekistan Akgul Amanmuradova
Russia Anastasia Rodionova
Russia Vera Zvonareva
China Peng Shuai
China Sun Tiantian

6–4, 5–7, 10–8
Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
10 March
17 March
Pacific Life Open
Indian Wells, United States
Tier I event
$2,100,000 - Hard - 96S/48Q/32D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Serbia Ana Ivanovic
6–4, 6–3
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova Serbia Jelena Janković
Russia Maria Sharapova
Russia Vera Zvonareva
United States Lindsay Davenport
Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
Russia Dinara Safina
Russia Elena Vesnina

6–1, 1–6, 10–8
China Yan Zi
China Zheng Jie
24 March
31 March
Sony Ericsson Open
Key Biscayne, United States
Tier I event
$3,770,000 - Hard - 96S/48Q/32D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Serena Williams
6–1, 5–7, 6–3
Serbia Jelena Janković Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Vera Zvonareva
Belgium Justine Henin
United States Venus Williams
Russia Elena Dementieva
Russia Dinara Safina
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
Japan Ai Sugiyama

7–5, 4–6, 10–3
Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber

April[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
7 April Bausch & Lomb Championships
Amelia Island, United States
Tier II event
$600,000 - Clay (Green) - 56S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Russia Maria Sharapova
7–6(7), 6–3
Slovakia Dominika Cibulková United States Lindsay Davenport
France Alizé Cornet
Ukraine Alona Bondarenko
Hungary Ágnes Szávay
France Virginie Razzano
France Amélie Mauresmo
United States Bethanie Mattek
Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlířová

6–3, 6–1
Belarus Victoria Azarenka
Russia Elena Vesnina
14 April Family Circle Cup
Charleston, United States
Tier I event
$1,340,000 - Clay (Green) - 56S/24Q/28D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Serena Williams
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Russia Vera Zvonareva Russia Elena Dementieva
France Alizé Cornet
Serbia Jelena Janković
Switzerland Patty Schnyder
Hungary Ágnes Szávay
Russia Maria Sharapova
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
Japan Ai Sugiyama

6–2, 6–2
Romania Edina Gallovits
Belarus Olga Govortsova
Estoril Open
Estoril, Portugal
Tier IV event
$145,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Russia Maria Kirilenko
6–4, 6–2
Czech Republic Iveta Benešová Estonia Maret Ani
Czech Republic Klára Zakopalová
France Camille Pin
Ukraine Olga Savchuk
Italy Karin Knapp
Italy Tathiana Garbin
Russia Maria Kirilenko
Italy Flavia Pennetta

6–4, 6–4
Bosnia and Herzegovina Mervana Jugić-Salkić
Turkey İpek Şenoğlu
21 April 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 Draw - Doubles Draw
Argentina Gisela Dulko
7–6(2), 7–6(5)
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Hungary Gréta Arn
France Aravane Rezaï
Ukraine Olga Savchuk
Czech Republic Petra Cetkovská
Russia Alisa Kleybanova
Romania Sorana Cîrstea
Romania Sorana Cîrstea
Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

6–2, 6–2
Russia Alisa Kleybanova
Russia Ekaterina Makarova
ECM Prague Open
Prague, Czech Republic
Tier IV event
$145,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Russia Vera Zvonareva
7–6(2), 6–2
Belarus Victoria Azarenka Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
Czech Republic Klára Zakopalová
Italy Roberta Vinci
Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková
Israel Shahar Pe'er
Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká

1–6, 6–3, 10–6
United States Jill Craybas
Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek

May[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
5 May Qatar Telecom German Open
Berlin, Germany
Tier I event
$1,340,000 - Clay (Red) - 56S/32Q/28D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Russia Dinara Safina
3–6, 6–2, 6–2
Russia Elena Dementieva Belarus Victoria Azarenka
Serbia Ana Ivanovic
United States Serena Williams
Ukraine Alona Bondarenko
Serbia Jelena Janković
Hungary Ágnes Szávay
Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber

3–6, 6–2, 10–2
Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez
12 May Internazionali BNL d'Italia
Rome, Italy
Tier I event
$1,340,000 - Clay (Red) - 56S/48Q/28D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Serbia Jelena Janković
6–2, 6–2
France Alizé Cornet Russia Anna Chakvetadze
Russia Maria Sharapova
Bulgaria Tsvetana Pironkova
United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
Switzerland Patty Schnyder
Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung

7–6(5), 6–3
Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Slovakia Janette Husárová
19 May Istanbul Cup
Istanbul, Turkey
Tier III event
$200,000 - Clay (Red) - 30S/26Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
6–3, 6–2
Russia Elena Dementieva Uzbekistan Akgul Amanmuradova
Bulgaria Tsvetana Pironkova
United States Jill Craybas
Russia Nadia Petrova
Belarus Olga Govortsova
Slovenia Andreja Klepač
United States Jill Craybas
Belarus Olga Govortsova

6–1, 6–2
New Zealand Marina Erakovic
Slovenia Polona Hercog
Internationaux de Strasbourg
Strasbourg, France
Tier III event
$175,000 - Clay (Red) - 30S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
4–6, 7–6(4), 6–0
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky
China Peng Shuai
Japan Ai Sugiyama
Italy Flavia Pennetta
Ukraine Alona Bondarenko
Ukraine Tatiana Perebiynis
China Yan Zi

6–4, 6–7(3), 10–6
Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
26 May
2 June
French Open
Paris, France
Grand Slam
$9,711,335 - Clay (Red) - 128S/96Q/64D/32X
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw - Mixed Doubles Draw
Serbia Ana Ivanovic
6–4, 6–3
Russia Dinara Safina Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Serbia Jelena Janković
Russia Elena Dementieva
Estonia Kaia Kanepi
Spain Carla Suárez Navarro
Switzerland Patty Schnyder
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual

2–6, 7–5, 6–4
Australia Casey Dellacqua
Italy Francesca Schiavone
United States Bob Bryan
Belarus Victoria Azarenka

6–2, 7–6(4)
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik

June[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
9 June DFS Classic
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Tier III event
$200,000 - Grass - 56S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko
7–6(7), 3–6, 7–6(4)
Belgium Yanina Wickmayer New Zealand Marina Erakovic
United States Bethanie Mattek
Czech Republic Petra Cetkovská
Ukraine Alona Bondarenko
United Kingdom Melanie South
Czech Republic Nicole Vaidišová
Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber

6–2, 6–1
France Séverine Brémond
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Barcelona Open
Barcelona, Spain
Tier IV event
$145,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/28Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Russia Maria Kirilenko
6–0, 6–2
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
France Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro
Italy Sara Errani
Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová
Russia Ekaterina Ivanova
Romania Edina Gallovits
Spain Lourdes Domínguez Lino
Spain Arantxa Parra Santonja

4–6, 7–5, 10–4
Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez
16 June International Women's Open
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Tier II event
$600,000 - Grass - 28S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
6–4, 6–7(11), 6–4
Russia Nadia Petrova Australia Samantha Stosur
France Marion Bartoli
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki
Russia Ekaterina Makarova
Argentina Gisela Dulko
Russia Alisa Kleybanova
{Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber

2–6, 6–0, 10–8
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Australia Rennae Stubbs
Ordina Open
's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Tier III event
$175,000 - Grass - 30S/16Q/15D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn
7–5, 6–3
Russia Dinara Safina Russia Elena Dementieva
Ukraine Alona Bondarenko
Romania Sorana Cîrstea
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek
Russia Anna Chakvetadze
New Zealand Marina Erakovic
Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek

6–3, 6–2
Latvia Līga Dekmeijere
Germany Angelique Kerber
23 June
30 June
Wimbledon Championships
Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom
Grand Slam
$10,524,070 - Grass - 128S/96Q/64D/32X
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw - Mixed Doubles Draw
United States Venus Williams
7–5, 6–4
United States Serena Williams China Zheng Jie
Russia Elena Dementieva
Czech Republic Nicole Vaidišová
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
Russia Nadia Petrova
Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn
United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams

6–2, 6–2
United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
United States Bob Bryan
Australia Samantha Stosur

7–5, 6–4
United States Mike Bryan
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik

July[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
7 July Budapest Grand Prix
Budapest, Hungary
Tier III event
$175,000 - Clay (Red) - 30S/31Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
France Alizé Cornet
7–6(5), 6–3
Slovenia Andreja Klepač Croatia Karolina Šprem
Hungary Gréta Arn
Czech Republic Petra Kvitová
Hungary Katalin Marosi
Czech Republic Klára Zakopalová
Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
France Alizé Cornet
Slovakia Janette Husárová

6–7(5), 6–1, 10–6
Germany Vanessa Henke
Romania Ioana Raluca Olaru
Internazionali Femminili di Palermo
Palermo, Italy
Tier IV event
$145,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Italy Sara Errani
6–2, 6–3
Ukraine Mariya Koryttseva Italy Flavia Pennetta
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Georgia (country) Margalita Chakhnashvili
Spain Carla Suárez Navarro
Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Italy Tathiana Garbin
Italy Sara Errani
Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
2–6, 7–6(1), 10–4
Russia Alla Kudryavtseva
Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
14 July Bank of the West Classic
Stanford, United States
Tier II event
$600,000 - Hard - 28S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Canada Aleksandra Wozniak
7–5, 6–3
France Marion Bartoli United States Serena Williams
Japan Ai Sugiyama
Switzerland Patty Schnyder
Australia Samantha Stosur
Slovakia Dominika Cibulková
Russia Anna Chakvetadze
Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber

6–4, 6–3
Russia Elena Vesnina
Russia Vera Zvonareva
Gastein Ladies
Bad Gastein, Austria
Tier III event
$175,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
France Pauline Parmentier
6–4, 6–4
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká Hungary Ágnes Szávay
Ukraine Mariya Koryttseva
Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Austria Yvonne Meusburger
Czech Republic Tereza Hladíková
Austria Patricia Mayr
Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká

6–3, 6–3
Bulgaria Sesil Karatantcheva
Serbia Nataša Zorić
21 July East West Bank Classic
Los Angeles, United States
Tier II event
$600,000 - Hard - 56S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Russia Dinara Safina
6–4, 6–2
Italy Flavia Pennetta Serbia Jelena Janković
United States Bethanie Mattek
Russia Nadia Petrova
Belarus Victoria Azarenka
Austria Sybille Bammer
China Yuan Meng
Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung

2–6, 7–5, 10–4
Czech Republic Eva Hrdinová
Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlířová
Banka Koper Slovenia Open
Portorož, Slovenia
Tier IV event
$145,000 - Hard - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Italy Sara Errani
6–3, 6–3
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Denmark Caroline Wozniacki
Germany Julia Görges
Russia Maria Kirilenko
Russia Vera Dushevina
Russia Elena Bovina
Croatia Petra Martić
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual

6–4, 6–1
Russia Vera Dushevina
Russia Ekaterina Makarova
28 July Rogers Cup
Montreal, Canada
Tier I event
$1,340,000 - Hard - 56S/48Q/28D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Russia Dinara Safina
6–2, 6–1
Slovakia Dominika Cibulková Belarus Victoria Azarenka
France Marion Bartoli
Austria Tamira Paszek
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Japan Ai Sugiyama
Serbia Jelena Janković
Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber

6–1, 6–1
Russia Maria Kirilenko
Italy Flavia Pennetta
Nordea Nordic Light Open
Stockholm, Sweden
Tier IV event
$145,000 - Hard - 32S/16Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki
6–0, 6–2
Russia Vera Dushevina Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
France Camille Pin
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová

7–5, 6–4
Czech Republic Petra Cetkovská
Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová

August[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semi finalists Quarterfinalists
11 August Summer Olympic Games
Beijing, China
$0 - Hard - 64S/32D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
 Gold  Silver  Bronze Fourth place Austria Sybille Bammer
United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
Serbia Jelena Janković
Russia Elena Dementieva
3–6, 7–5, 6–3
Russia Dinara Safina Russia Vera Zvonareva
6–0, 7–5
China Li Na
United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams

6–2, 6–0
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
China Yan Zi
China Zheng Jie
6–2, 6–2
Ukraine Alona Bondarenko
Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko
W&S Financial Group Women's Open
Cincinnati, United States
Tier III event
$175,000 - Hard - 32S/16Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Russia Nadia Petrova
6–2, 6–1
France Nathalie Dechy France Amélie Mauresmo
Russia Maria Kirilenko
United States Vania King
Canada Aleksandra Wozniak
Germany Sabine Lisicki
United States Lilia Osterloh
Russia Maria Kirilenko
Russia Nadia Petrova

6–3, 4–6, 10–8
Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova
18 August Pilot Pen Tennis
New Haven, United States
Tier II event
$600,000 - Hard - 28S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki
3–6, 6–4, 6–1
Russia Anna Chakvetadze France Amélie Mauresmo
France Alizé Cornet
Romania Sorana Cîrstea
Hungary Ágnes Szávay
France Marion Bartoli
Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
United States Lisa Raymond

4–6, 7–5, 10–7
Romania Sorana Cîrstea
Romania Monica Niculescu
Forest Hills Tennis Classic
Forest Hills, USA
Tier IV event
$74,800 - Hard - 16S
Singles Draw
Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová
6–4, 6–2
China Peng Shuai Spain Carla Suárez Navarro
Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Russia Vera Dushevina
Germany Martina Müller
Russia Ekaterina Makarova
United States Jamea Jackson
25 August
1 September
U.S. Open
Flushing Meadows, New York, United States
Grand Slam
$9,350,000 - Hard - 128S/96Q/64D/32X
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw - Mixed Doubles Draw
United States Serena Williams
6–4, 7–5
Serbia Jelena Janković Russia Dinara Safina
Russia Elena Dementieva
Italy Flavia Pennetta
United States Venus Williams
Switzerland Patty Schnyder
Austria Sybille Bammer
Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber

6–3, 7–6(6)
United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
India Leander Paes
Zimbabwe Cara Black

7–6(6), 6–4
United Kingdom Jamie Murray
United States Liezel Huber

September[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
8 September Commonwealth Bank Tennis Classic
Bali, Indonesia
Tier III event
$225,000 - Hard - 30S/8Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Switzerland Patty Schnyder
6–3, 6–0
Austria Tamira Paszek Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Russia Nadia Petrova
Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
Italy Flavia Pennetta
Italy Francesca Schiavone
Poland Marta Domachowska
Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
China Peng Shuai

6–7(4), 7–6(3), 10–7
Poland Marta Domachowska
Russia Nadia Petrova
Fed Cup: Final
Madrid, Spain, Clay
 Russia
4–0
 Spain
15 September Toray Pan Pacific Open
Tokyo, Japan
Tier I event
$1,340,000 - Hard - 28S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Russia Dinara Safina
6–1, 6–3
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
Russia Nadia Petrova
Serbia Jelena Janković
Russia Elena Dementieva
Estonia Kaia Kanepi
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
United States Vania King
Russia Nadia Petrova

6–1, 6–4
United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
Guangzhou International Women's Open
Guangzhou, China
Tier III event
$175,000 - Hard - 32S/21Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Russia Vera Zvonareva
6–7(4), 6–0, 6–2
China Peng Shuai China Zheng Jie
France Camille Pin
Italy Karin Knapp
Austria Tamira Paszek
United States Jill Craybas
Netherlands Arantxa Rus
Ukraine Mariya Koryttseva
Belarus Tatiana Poutchek

6–3, 4–6, 10–8
China Sun Tiantian
China Yan Zi
22 September China Open
Beijing, China
Tier II event
$600,000 - Hard - 28S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Serbia Jelena Janković
6–3, 6–2
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova Russia Vera Zvonareva
China Zheng Jie
Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Slovakia Dominika Cibulková
Serbia Ana Ivanovic
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki

6–1, 6–3
China Han Xinyun
China Xu Yi-fan
Hansol Korea Open
Seoul, South Korea
Tier IV event
$145,000 - Hard - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Russia Maria Kirilenko
2–6, 6–1, 6–4
Australia Samantha Stosur Estonia Kaia Kanepi
United States Jill Craybas
France Pauline Parmentier
Belgium Yanina Wickmayer
Russia Ekaterina Makarova
Israel Shahar Pe'er
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei

6–3, 6–0
Russia Vera Dushevina
Russia Maria Kirilenko
29 September Porsche Tennis Grand Prix
Stuttgart, Germany
Tier II event
$650,000 - Hard (i) - 28S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Serbia Jelena Janković
6–4, 6–3
Russia Nadia Petrova Belarus Victoria Azarenka
United States Venus Williams
China Li Na
Russia Elena Dementieva
Russia Dinara Safina
Russia Vera Zvonareva
Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
Switzerland Patty Schnyder

6–2, 6–4
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Australia Rennae Stubbs
Japan Open Tennis Championships
Tokyo, Japan
Tier III event
$175,000 - Hard - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki
6–2, 3–6, 6–1
Estonia Kaia Kanepi Slovakia Jarmila Gajdošová
Canada Aleksandra Wozniak
Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn
Czech Republic Klára Zakopalová
Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Australia Samantha Stosur
United States Jill Craybas
New Zealand Marina Erakovic

4–6, 7–5, 10–6
Japan Ayumi Morita
Japan Aiko Nakamura
Tashkent Open
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Tier IV event
$145,000 - Hard - 32S/16Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Romania Sorana Cîrstea
2–6, 6–4, 7–6(4)
Germany Sabine Lisicki China Peng Shuai
Slovakia Magdaléna Rybáriková
Romania Monica Niculescu
Poland Urszula Radwańska
Portugal Michelle Larcher de Brito
Romania Ioana Raluca Olaru
Romania Ioana Raluca Olaru
Ukraine Olga Savchuk

5–7, 7–5, 10–7
Russia Nina Bratchikova
Germany Kathrin Wörle

October[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
6 October Kremlin Cup
Moscow, Russia
Tier I event
$1,340,000 - Hard (i) - 28S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Serbia Jelena Janković
6–2, 6–4
Russia Vera Zvonareva Russia Elena Dementieva
Russia Dinara Safina
Italy Flavia Pennetta
Russia Nadia Petrova
Slovakia Dominika Cibulková
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Nadia Petrova
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik

6–4, 6–4
Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
13 October Zurich Open
Zürich, Switzerland
Tier II event
$600,000 - Hard (i) - 28S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Venus Williams
7–6(1), 6–2
Italy Flavia Pennetta Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Serbia Ana Ivanovic
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
Belarus Victoria Azarenka
Italy Francesca Schiavone
Czech Republic Petra Kvitová
Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber

6–1, 7–6(3)
Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
Switzerland Patty Schnyder
20 October Generali Ladies Linz
Linz, Austria
Tier II event
$600,000 - Hard (i) - 28S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Serbia Ana Ivanovic
6–2, 6–1
Russia Vera Zvonareva Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
France Marion Bartoli
Italy Flavia Pennetta
Russia Nadia Petrova
Ukraine Alona Bondarenko
France Alizé Cornet
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
Japan Ai Sugiyama

6–4, 7–5
Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
Fortis Championships Luxembourg
Luxembourg Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Tier III event
$225,000 - Hard (i) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Russia Elena Dementieva
2–6, 6–4, 7–6(4)
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki Romania Sorana Cîrstea
China Li Na
France Amélie Mauresmo
Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Romania Sorana Cîrstea
New Zealand Marina Erakovic

2–6, 6–3, 10–8
Russia Vera Dushevina
Ukraine Mariya Koryttseva
27 October Bell Challenge
Quebec City, Canada
Tier III event
$175,000 - Carpet (i) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Russia Nadia Petrova
4–6, 6–4, 6–1
United States Bethanie Mattek United States Angela Haynes
Canada Aleksandra Wozniak
Hungary Melinda Czink
France Nathalie Dechy
Kazakhstan Galina Voskoboeva
United States Melanie Oudin
Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
United States Vania King

7–6(3), 6–4
United States Jill Craybas
Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn

November[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Round Robin
3 November WTA Tour Championships
Doha, Qatar
Year-end Championship
$4,550,000 - Hard - 8S (Round Robin)/4D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Venus Williams
6–7(5), 6–0, 6–2
Russia Vera Zvonareva Russia Elena Dementieva
Serbia Jelena Janković
Serbia Ana Ivanovic
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Dinara Safina
United States Serena Williams
Russia Nadia Petrova
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber

6–1, 7–5
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Australia Rennae Stubbs

Calendar changes[edit]

  • 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]

Statistical information[edit]

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)

Rankings[edit]

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 Ranking[edit]

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 distribution[edit]

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

Awards[edit]

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

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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