2009 WTA Tour

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2009 WTA Tour
Grand Slam women's singles champions of 2009: Australian Open and Wimbledon titlist Serena Williams (top/bottom left), French Open winner Svetlana Kuznetsova (top right), and US Open champion Kim Clijsters (bottom right).
Grand Slam women's singles champions of 2009: Australian Open and Wimbledon titlist Serena Williams (top/bottom left), French Open winner Svetlana Kuznetsova (top right), and US Open champion Kim Clijsters (bottom right).
Details
Duration January 5 – November 2
Edition 39th
Tournaments 55
Categories Grand Slam (4)
WTA Championships (2)
WTA Premier Mandatory (4)
WTA Premier 5 (5)
WTA Premier (10)
WTA International tournaments (30)
Achievements
Most tournament titles Russia Dinara Safina (3), United States Serena Williams (3)
Most tournament finals Russia Dinara Safina (8), Denmark Caroline Wozniacki (8)
Prize money leader United States Serena Williams ($6,545,586)
Points leader United States Serena Williams (9,075)
Awards
Player of the year United States Serena Williams
Doubles Team of the year United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
Most improved player of the year Belgium Yanina Wickmayer
Newcomer of the year United States Melanie Oudin
Comeback player of the year Belgium Kim Clijsters
2008
2010

The 2009 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour was the 37th season since the founding of the Women's Tennis Association. It commenced on January 5, 2009, and concluded on November 8, 2009 after 56 events.

Serena Williams and Dinara Safina engaged in a battle for the year-end No. 1 ranking, with Williams eventually coming out on top after winning the WTA Tour Championships. She won two Grand Slam titles during the year. Safina ascended to No. 1 in April and held it for much of the rest of the season. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Caroline Wozniacki and Elena Dementieva also enjoyed successful years in 2009.

In contrast, it was a season of struggles for Ana Ivanovic, who dropped outside the top 20 by its conclusion. Jelena Janković also battled with inconsistent results, falling from No. 1 in January to No. 8 by November.

Kim Clijsters returned to competitive tennis in August after giving birth to her daughter, and won the US Open title. Maria Sharapova made her comeback in May, having missed all tournaments since the summer of 2008, and rose back into the top 20.

Former world No. 1 Amélie Mauresmo announced her retirement at the end of the season, while Ai Sugiyama and Nathalie Dechy were among other notable players who retired during the year.

Tour reforms[edit]

The 2009 season saw the Women's Tennis Association undergo what was described as "its most sweeping reforms in history", with the aim of creating a more fan friendly structure to the Tour, to reduce player withdrawals, and increase player commitment in the biggest tournaments.

The main features of the new "Roadmap" calendar saw the abolition of the previous Tier system, which were replaced by Premier and International tournaments. 20 Premier events were to be held throughout the season, down from the 26 Tier I and Tier II events that were held in 2008. Of those 20, four—the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open in Madrid, and the China Open in Beijing—would be mandatory,[1] offering $4.5 million in prize money. Along with that were five other tournaments, the Premier 5s, which offered $2 million in prize money. Ten other Premier tournaments were also held throughout the season. These would all lead up to the Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha, Qatar, which boasted a $4.5 million total prize fund.

In addition, 30 International events were created to replace the previous Tier III and IV categories. The top performers in the Race to the Sony Ericsson Championships who won an International title during the season were to be eligible to compete in the season-ending Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions, which was held the week after the Sony Ericsson Championships.

The Roadmap calendar also saw a 30% increase in the length off the off-season, from 7 to 9 weeks, with the season ending in October, as well as more breaks between the bigger tournaments throughout the season, an increase in back-to-back events, a decrease in player commitment, a limitation on top player participation in International tournaments and stronger penalties for top players who miss Premier tournament commitments.

The WTA Tour also moved more closely to a combined Tour with the ATP, with 31% of events being combined men and women events, and equal prize money being offered at ten of the biggest events throughout the season. Total prize money increased to $86 million, which was once again a record high, up from $67 million the previous year.

With the changes came a new ranking system, which now included the player's best-performing 16 events (down from 17), including the four Grand Slam tournaments and the four mandatory events for all players who qualified by ranking, and the awarding of "zero pointers" for top players missing commitments at the biggest events.[2]

Lastly, the Women's Tennis Association also announced that On Court Coaching would be included in all events on the Roadmap calendar. Having been tested in many events since 2006, the decision to approve the move was made to increase the relationship between the viewer and the sport, with viewers being able to listen in on conversations between players and their coaches, who are required to wear a microphone during the exchange. Players were allowed to request their coach once per set, at a changeover or at the end of the set, or when the opposing player was taking a medical timeout or toilet break.[3]

Season summary[edit]

Singles[edit]

Elena Dementieva started the season on a hot streak, taking the title in Sydney, beating Dinara Safina in the final, as well as winning a smaller tournament in Auckland the week before, putting her as a firm contender at the season's opening Grand Slam, the Australian Open.

Serena Williams won her 10th and 11th Grand Slam singles titles during the season.

During the Australian Open fortnight, Venus Williams became the first big casualty when she lost in the second round to Carla Suárez Navarro. Jelena Dokić made a fairytale run to the quarterfinals, the furthest she'd been in a Grand Slam event since 2002, and world No. 1 Jelena Janković lost in the fourth round to Marion Bartoli. In the quarterfinals, Dokić's run was ended by Safina, with Vera Zvonareva, Dementieva and Serena Williams also moving through. Williams eventually beat Safina in a match that saw the No. 1 ranking on the line, to win her tenth Grand Slam title, and fourth at the Australian Open, and sealing her return to the No. 1 spot.

February saw Amélie Mauresmo overcome her struggling form in the previous two seasons to win the Premier event in Paris. Venus Williams also won the Roadmap's first Premier 5 event in Dubai, beating surprise finalist Virginie Razzano.

At the mandatory Indian Wells, Zvonareva won her biggest career title thus far with a win over Ivanovic in the final. Safina had another chance to reach No. 1 after this tournament, but lost to Victoria Azarenka. Azarenka won the event in Miami, stopping Serena Williams achieving a record-breaking sixth title there. Janković continued her struggles with her second straight loss, with Safina, Zvonareva and Ivanovic also losing early.

Dinara Safina held No. 1 for 26 weeks from April.

Safina ascended to the No. 1 ranking on April 20 despite not playing the previous week, due to Williams not defending her title. Playing in her first tournament as the No. 1, Safina lost in the final of Stuttgart to Kuznetsova, before avenging the loss by beating Kuznetsova in the Rome final. In the final major warm-up event, Safina beat Caroline Wozniacki to win Madrid.

After a strong clay season, Safina was the favourite to win her first Grand Slam at the French Open, and she eventually moved through to the finals in the top half. On the bottom half, Kuznetsova came through, beating Serena Williams in the quarterfinals, to set up the third meeting between the two during the clay season. With Safina heavily favoured, Kuznetsova won the title for her second Grand Slam title in singles, and first since the US Open in 2004. Elsewhere, in a fortnight of surprises, Dominika Cibulková reached her first Grand Slam semifinal, beating Maria Sharapova in the quarterfinals, who was returning from a lengthy lay-off from shoulder surgery recovery. Samantha Stosur also reached her first Grand Slam semifinal, taking down Elena Dementieva in the second round. Defending champion Ana Ivanovic lost to Azarenka in the fourth round, a loss which dropped her out of the top 10 in the world.

Caroline Wozniacki broke the top 10 during the season, and reached the US Open final.

The top four seeds all reached the semifinals at Wimbledon, the first time it had happened since 2006. The first week did, however, see French Open champion Kuznetsova upset by Sabine Lisicki on her way to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, and Janković lose to American teenager Melanie Oudin. The semifinals were direct contrasts to each other, with Venus Williams thrashing Safina in the top half semifinal, and Serena Williams beating Dementieva in an epic 8–6 in the third encounter. The final was the fourth all-Williams Wimbledon final, and the second in a row. Serena avenged her loss to Venus in last year's final to win her third Wimbledon title, first since 2003, and eleventh Grand Slam title overall.

The US Open Series turned out to be an open race, with five different champions being crowned at the tournaments. Eventually, it went to Toronto champion Elena Dementieva, who also reached the semifinals in Cincinnati and Stanford. Flavia Pennetta finished second after winning Los Angeles and reaching the semifinals in Cincinnati and New Haven, results which saw her break into the top 10. Cincinnati champion Jelena Janković came third. Also during the summer hardcourt season, Kim Clijsters made her return to competitive tennis in Cincinnati after giving birth.

At the US Open, Caroline Wozniacki reached her first Grand Slam final after a half of upsets which saw Safina, Janković and Dementieva all lose in the first week. Melanie Oudin reached her first major quarterfinal by defeating Dementieva, Sharapova and Petrova back-to-back, while Yanina Wickmayer reached her first semifinal at this level. In the bottom half, Clijsters came through after defeating Venus Williams in the fourth round, and later her sister Serena in the semifinals, in a match that ended with Williams receiving a point penalty, and later a fine, for unsportsmanlike conduct after reacting to a foot fault called by the linesperson. In the final, Clijsters beat Wozniacki to win her second Grand Slam title in only her third tournament back, and become the first mother to win a Grand Slam title since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980.

The fall season saw Maria Sharapova win her first title since returning from her shoulder surgery in Tokyo. Kimiko Date-Krumm provided a notable story, becoming the second oldest player to ever win a title in the Open Era in Seoul. Svetlana Kuznetsova won the event in Beijing, beating Agnieszka Radwańska in the final. Following that tournament, Safina surrendered her No. 1 ranking to Serena Williams, before regaining it the week prior to the WTA Tour Championships. This meant that the year-end No. 1 would be decided in Doha, with whoever performed better in the tournament achieving the position. Safina retired in her first match, while Williams went on to win the title to become the year-end No. 1 for only the second time, after 2002.

Schedule[edit]

This is the complete schedule of events on the 2009 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, with player progression documented from the quarterfinals stage.[4][5]

Key
Grand Slam events
Year-end championships
WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments
WTA Premier 5 tournaments
WTA Premier tournaments
WTA International tournaments
Team events

January[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
January 5 Hopman Cup
Perth, Australia
Hopman Cup
A$1,000,000 – Hard (i) – 8 teams (RR)
 Slovakia
2–0
 Russia
Round Robin losers (Group A)
 Germany
 United States
 Australia
Round Robin losers (Group B)
 Italy
 France
 Chinese Taipei
Brisbane International
Brisbane, Australia
WTA International
$220,000 - Hard - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Belarus Victoria Azarenka
6–3, 6–1
France Marion Bartoli France Amélie Mauresmo
Italy Sara Errani
Serbia Ana Ivanovic
Italy Tathiana Garbin
Belarus Olga Govortsova
Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová
Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
United States Vania King
3–6, 7–5, [10–5]
Poland Klaudia Jans
Poland Alicja Rosolska
ASB Classic
Auckland, New Zealand
WTA International
$220,000 - Hard - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Russia Elena Dementieva
6–4, 6–1
Russia Elena Vesnina France Aravane Rezaï
United Kingdom Anne Keothavong
Israel Shahar Pe'er
Romania Edina Gallovits
Japan Ayumi Morita
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki
France Nathalie Dechy
Italy Mara Santangelo
4–6, 7–6(3), [12–10]
Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
Spain Arantxa Parra Santonja
January 12 Medibank International Sydney
Sydney, Australia
WTA Premier
$600,000 - Hard - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Russia Elena Dementieva
6–3, 2–6, 6–1
Russia Dinara Safina United States Serena Williams
Japan Ai Sugiyama
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
France Alizé Cornet
Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
China Peng Shuai
6–0, 6–1
France Nathalie Dechy
Australia Casey Dellacqua
Moorilla Hobart International
Hobart, Australia
WTA International
$220,000 - Hard - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Czech Republic Petra Kvitová
7–5, 6–1
Czech Republic Iveta Benešová Slovakia Magdaléna Rybáriková
France Virginie Razzano
Hungary Melinda Czink
Argentina Gisela Dulko
Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Bulgaria Tsvetana Pironkova
Argentina Gisela Dulko
Italy Flavia Pennetta
6–2, 7–6(4)
Ukraine Alona Bondarenko
Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko
January 19
January 26
Australian Open
Melbourne, Australia
Grand Slam
$7,262,973 - Hard - 128S/96Q/64D/32X
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw - Mixed Doubles Draw
United States Serena Williams
6–0, 6–3
Russia Dinara Safina Russia Vera Zvonareva
Russia Elena Dementieva
France Marion Bartoli
Australia Jelena Dokić
Spain Carla Suárez Navarro
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
6–3, 6–3
Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Japan Ai Sugiyama
India Sania Mirza
India Mahesh Bhupathi
6–3, 6–1
France Nathalie Dechy
Israel Andy Ram

February[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
February 2 Fed Cup: First Round
Moscow, Russia, Hard (i)
Orléans, France, Hard (i)
Surprise, United States, Hard
Brno, Czech Republic, Carpet (i)
First Round winners
 Russia 5–0
 Italy 5–0
 United States 3–2
 Czech Republic 4–1
First Round losers
 China
 France
 Argentina
 Spain
February 9 Open GDF Suez
Paris, France
WTA Premier
$700,000 - Hard (i) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
France Amélie Mauresmo
7–6(7), 2–6, 6–4
Russia Elena Dementieva United States Serena Williams
Serbia Jelena Janković
France Émilie Loit
France Nathalie Dechy
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
France Alizé Cornet
Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
6–4, 3–6, [10–4]
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
United States Lisa Raymond
PTT Pattaya Open
Pattaya, Thailand
WTA International
$220,000 - Hard - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Russia Vera Zvonareva
7–5, 6–1
India Sania Mirza Israel Shahar Pe'er
Slovakia Magdaléna Rybáriková
China Peng Shuai
Russia Vera Dushevina
Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki
Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova
Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn
6–3, 6–2
Ukraine Yulia Beygelzimer
Russia Vitalia Diatchenko
February 16 Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
WTA Premier 5
$2,000,000 - Hard - 56S/32Q/28D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Venus Williams
6–4, 6–2
France Virginie Razzano United States Serena Williams
Estonia Kaia Kanepi
Serbia Ana Ivanovic
Russia Elena Dementieva
Russia Elena Vesnina
Russia Vera Zvonareva
Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
6–3, 6–3
Russia Maria Kirilenko
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
Cellular South Cup
Memphis, United States
WTA International
$220,000 - Hard (i) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Belarus Victoria Azarenka
6–1, 6–3
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki United Kingdom Anne Keothavong
Germany Sabine Lisicki
Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek
New Zealand Marina Erakovic
Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová
France Pauline Parmentier
Belarus Victoria Azarenka
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki
6–1, 7–6(2)
Ukraine Yuliana Fedak
Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek
Copa Sony Ericsson Colsanitas
Bogotá, Colombia
WTA International
$220,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez
6–3, 6–2
Argentina Gisela Dulko Romania Edina Gallovits
Austria Patricia Mayr
Slovenia Maša Zec Peškirič
France Mathilde Johansson
Romania Ioana Raluca Olaru
Argentina Betina Jozami
Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez
7–5, 3–6, [10–7]
Argentina Gisela Dulko
Italy Flavia Pennetta
February 23 Abierto Mexicano Telcel
Acapulco, Mexico
WTA International
$220,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Venus Williams
6–1, 6–2
Italy Flavia Pennetta Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Hungary Ágnes Szávay
Estonia Maret Ani
France Mathilde Johansson
Czech Republic Petra Cetkovská
Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez
6–4, 6–2
Spain Lourdes Domínguez Lino
Spain Arantxa Parra Santonja

March[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
March 2 Monterrey Open
Monterrey, Mexico
WTA International
$220,000 - Hard - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
France Marion Bartoli
6–4, 6–3
China Li Na Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
China Zheng Jie
Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová
Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
Argentina Gisela Dulko
United States Vania King
France Nathalie Dechy
Italy Mara Santangelo
6–3, 6–4
Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
March 9
March 16
BNP Paribas Open
Indian Wells, United States
WTA Premier Mandatory
$4,500,000 - Hard - 96S/48Q/32D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Russia Vera Zvonareva
7–6(5), 6–2
Serbia Ana Ivanovic Belarus Victoria Azarenka
Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Russia Dinara Safina
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki
Austria Sybille Bammer
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
Belarus Victoria Azarenka
Russia Vera Zvonareva
6–4, 3–6, [10–5]
Argentina Gisela Dulko
Israel Shahar Pe'er
March 23
March 30
Sony Ericsson Open
Key Biscayne, United States
WTA Premier Mandatory
$4,500,000 - Hard - 96S/48Q/32D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Belarus Victoria Azarenka
6–3, 6–1
United States Serena Williams United States Venus Williams
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
China Li Na
Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki
Australia Samantha Stosur
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
France Amélie Mauresmo
4–6, 6–3, [10–3]
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
United States Lisa Raymond

April[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
April 6 Andalucia Tennis Experience
Marbella, Spain
WTA International
$500,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Serbia Jelena Janković
6–3, 3–6, 6–3
Spain Carla Suárez Navarro Romania Sorana Cîrstea
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Czech Republic Klára Zakopalová
Estonia Kaia Kanepi
Italy Sara Errani
Italy Roberta Vinci
Poland Klaudia Jans
Poland Alicja Rosolska
6–3, 6–3
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
MPS Group Championships
Ponte Vedra Beach, United States
WTA International
$220,000 - Clay (Green) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki
6–1, 6–2
Canada Aleksandra Wozniak Russia Nadia Petrova
Russia Elena Vesnina
Ukraine Alona Bondarenko
Austria Tamira Paszek
Slovakia Dominika Cibulková
Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
India Sania Mirza
6–3, 4–6, [10–7]
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
United States Lisa Raymond
April 13 Family Circle Cup
Charleston, United States
WTA Premier
$1,000,000 - Clay (Green) - 56S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Germany Sabine Lisicki
6–2, 6–4
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki Russia Elena Dementieva
France Marion Bartoli
Slovakia Dominika Cibulková
France Virginie Razzano
Hungary Melinda Czink
Russia Elena Vesnina
United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Russia Nadia Petrova
6–7(5), 6–2, [11–9]
Latvia Līga Dekmeijere
Switzerland Patty Schnyder
Barcelona Ladies Open
Barcelona, Spain
WTA International
$220,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Italy Roberta Vinci
6–0, 6–4
Russia Maria Kirilenko Spain Carla Suárez Navarro
Italy Francesca Schiavone
Germany Tatjana Malek
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez
Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová
Belarus Anastasiya Yakimova
Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez
3–6, 6–2, [10–8]
Romania Sorana Cîrstea
Slovenia Andreja Klepač
April 20 Fed Cup: Semifinals
Castellaneta Clay
Brno Hard (i)
Semifinals winners
 Italy 4–1
 United States 3–2
Semifinals losers
 Russia
 Czech Republic
April 27 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix
Stuttgart, Germany
WTA Premier
$700,000 - Clay (Red) (i) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
6–4, 6–3
Russia Dinara Safina Italy Flavia Pennetta
Russia Elena Dementieva
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
Serbia Jelena Janković
Argentina Gisela Dulko
France Marion Bartoli
United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Russia Nadia Petrova
5–7, 6–3, [10–7]
Argentina Gisela Dulko
Italy Flavia Pennetta
Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem
Fes, Morocco
WTA International
$220,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
6–0, 6–1
Russia Ekaterina Makarova Hungary Melinda Czink
Russia Alisa Kleybanova
Spain Lourdes Domínguez Lino
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
Poland Marta Domachowska
Slovenia Polona Hercog
Russia Alisa Kleybanova
Russia Ekaterina Makarova
6–3, 2–6, [10–8]
Romania Sorana Cîrstea
Russia Maria Kirilenko

May[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
May 4 Internazionali BNL d'Italia
Rome, Italy
WTA Premier 5
$2,000,000 - Clay (Red) - 56S/32Q/28D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Russia Dinara Safina
6–3, 6–2
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova United States Venus Williams
Belarus Victoria Azarenka
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
Serbia Jelena Janković
Estonia Kaia Kanepi
Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
China Peng Shuai
7–5, 7–6(5)
Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Japan Ai Sugiyama
Estoril Open
Oeiras, Portugal
WTA International
$220,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Belgium Yanina Wickmayer
7–5, 6–2
Russia Ekaterina Makarova Israel Shahar Pe'er
Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
Slovakia Jarmila Groth
Romania Sorana Cîrstea
Germany Sabine Lisicki
Russia Maria Kirilenko
United States Raquel Kops-Jones
United States Abigail Spears
2–6, 6–3, [10–5]
Canada Sharon Fichman
Hungary Katalin Marosi
May 11 Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open
Madrid, Spain
WTA Premier Mandatory
$4,500,000 - Clay (Red) - 60S/32Q/28D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Russia Dinara Safina
6–2, 6–4
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki Switzerland Patty Schnyder
France Amélie Mauresmo
Ukraine Alona Bondarenko
Serbia Jelena Janković
Hungary Ágnes Szávay
Russia Vera Dushevina
Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
4–6, 6–3, [10–6]
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
United States Lisa Raymond
May 18 Warsaw Open
Warsaw, Poland
WTA Premier
$600,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Romania Alexandra Dulgheru
7–6(3), 3–6, 6–0
Ukraine Alona Bondarenko United Kingdom Anne Keothavong
Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Russia Maria Sharapova
Romania Ioana Raluca Olaru
Kazakhstan Galina Voskoboeva
Czech Republic Klára Zakopalová
United States Raquel Kops-Jones
United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
6-1, 6–1
China Yan Zi
China Zheng Jie
Internationaux de Strasbourg
Strasbourg, France
WTA International
$220,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
France Aravane Rezaï
7–6(2), 6–1
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká Japan Ayumi Morita
Ukraine Viktoriya Kutuzova
Germany Kristina Barrois
China Peng Shuai
France Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro
Romania Monica Niculescu
France Nathalie Dechy
Italy Mara Santangelo
6–0, 6–1
France Claire Feuerstein
France Stéphanie Foretz
May 24
June 1
French Open
Paris, France
Grand Slam
$10,009,638 - Clay (Red) - 128S/128Q/64D/32X
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw - Mixed Doubles Draw
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
6–4, 6–2
Russia Dinara Safina Slovakia Dominika Cibulková
Australia Samantha Stosur
Belarus Victoria Azarenka
Russia Maria Sharapova
Romania Sorana Cîrstea
United States Serena Williams
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
6–1, 6–1
Belarus Victoria Azarenka
Russia Elena Vesnina
United States Bob Bryan
United States Liezel Huber
5–7, 7–6(5), 10–7
Brazil Marcelo Melo
United States Vania King

June[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
June 8 Aegon Classic
Birmingham, United Kingdom
WTA International
$220,000 - Grass - 56S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Slovakia Magdaléna Rybáriková
6–0, 7–6(2)
China Li Na India Sania Mirza
Russia Maria Sharapova
Poland Urszula Radwańska
Hungary Melinda Czink
Switzerland Stefanie Vögele
Belgium Yanina Wickmayer
Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
6–1, 6–4
United States Raquel Kops-Jones
United States Abigail Spears
June 15 Aegon International
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
WTA Premier
$600,000 - Grass - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki
7–6(5), 7–5
France Virginie Razzano France Marion Bartoli
Canada Aleksandra Wozniak
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Russia Ekaterina Makarova
Russia Vera Dushevina
Uzbekistan Akgul Amanmuradova
Japan Ai Sugiyama
6–4, 6–3
Australia Samantha Stosur
Australia Rennae Stubbs
UNICEF Open
's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
WTA International
$220,000 - Grass - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn
6–3, 7–5
Belgium Yanina Wickmayer Russia Dinara Safina
Italy Francesca Schiavone
Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Italy Flavia Pennetta
Germany Kristina Barrois
Belarus Olga Govortsova
Italy Sara Errani
Italy Flavia Pennetta
6–4, 5–7, [13–11]
Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek
Belgium Yanina Wickmayer
June 22
June 29
Wimbledon Championships
London, United Kingdom
Grand Slam
$9,487,267 - Grass - 128S/96Q/64D/48X
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw - Mixed Doubles Draw
United States Serena Williams
7–6(3), 6–2
United States Venus Williams Russia Dinara Safina
Russia Elena Dementieva
Germany Sabine Lisicki
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
Italy Francesca Schiavone
Belarus Victoria Azarenka
United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
7–6(4), 6–4
Australia Samantha Stosur
Australia Rennae Stubbs
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
7–5, 6–3
India Leander Paes
Zimbabwe Cara Black

July[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
July 6 GDF Suez Grand Prix
Budapest, Hungary
WTA International
$220,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Hungary Ágnes Szávay
2–6, 6–4, 6–2
Switzerland Patty Schnyder Romania Edina Gallovits
Ukraine Alona Bondarenko
Russia Alisa Kleybanova
Croatia Petra Martić
Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky
Israel Shahar Pe'er
Russia Alisa Kleybanova
Romania Monica Niculescu
6–4, 7–6(5)
Ukraine Alona Bondarenko
Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko
Collector Swedish Open Women
Båstad, Sweden
WTA International
$220,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez
7–5, 6–4
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki Italy Flavia Pennetta
Argentina Gisela Dulko
Russia Maria Kirilenko
Russia Alla Kudryavtseva
Spain Carla Suárez Navarro
Slovakia Dominika Cibulková
Argentina Gisela Dulko
Italy Flavia Pennetta
6–2, 0–6, [10–5]
Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez
July 13 Internazionali Femminili di Palermo
Palermo, Italy
WTA International
$220,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Italy Flavia Pennetta
6–1, 6–2
Italy Sara Errani Italy Tathiana Garbin
Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
France Aravane Rezaï
Belarus Olga Govortsova
Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova
Switzerland Patty Schnyder
Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez
6–1, 6–2
Ukraine Mariya Koryttseva
Belarus Darya Kustova
ECM Prague Open
Prague, Czech Republic
WTA International
$220,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Austria Sybille Bammer
7–6(4), 6–2
Italy Francesca Schiavone Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky
Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko
Spain Carla Suárez Navarro
Kazakhstan Zarina Diyas
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
Ukraine Alona Bondarenko
Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko
6–1, 6–2
Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
July 20 Banka Koper Slovenia Open
Portorož, Slovenia
WTA International
$220,000 - Hard - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Russia Dinara Safina
6–7(5), 6–1, 7–5
Italy Sara Errani Italy Alberta Brianti
Switzerland Stefanie Vögele
Italy Maria Elena Camerin
France Camille Pin
Paraguay Rossana de los Ríos
Croatia Petra Martić
Germany Julia Görges
Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlířová
6–4, 6–2
France Camille Pin
Czech Republic Klára Zakopalová
Gastein Ladies
Bad Gastein, Austria
WTA International
$220,000 - Clay (Red) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Germany Andrea Petkovic
6–2, 6–3
Romania Ioana Raluca Olaru France Alizé Cornet
Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova
Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
Slovakia Magdaléna Rybáriková
Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
Austria Yvonne Meusburger
Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
6–2, 6–4
Germany Tatjana Malek
Germany Andrea Petkovic
July 27 Bank of the West Classic
Stanford, United States
WTA Premier
$700,000 - Hard - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
France Marion Bartoli
6–2, 5–7, 6–4
United States Venus Williams Australia Samantha Stosur
Russia Elena Dementieva
United States Serena Williams
Serbia Jelena Janković
Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Russia Maria Sharapova
United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
6–4, 6–1
Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
Romania Monica Niculescu
İstanbul Cup
Istanbul, Turkey
WTA International
$220,000 - Hard - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Russia Vera Dushevina
6–0, 6–1
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky
Germany Andrea Petkovic
Poland Urszula Radwańska
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Poland Marta Domachowska
Belarus Olga Govortsova
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
Czech Republic Renata Voráčová
2–6, 6–3, [12–10]
Germany Julia Görges
Switzerland Patty Schnyder

August[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
August 3 Herbalife LA Tennis Championships
Los Angeles, United States
WTA Premier
$700,000 - Hard - 56S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Italy Flavia Pennetta
6–4, 6–3
Australia Samantha Stosur Romania Sorana Cîrstea
Russia Maria Sharapova
China Zheng Jie
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
Poland Urszula Radwańska
Russia Vera Zvonareva
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
China Yan Zi
6–0, 4–6, [10–7]
Russia Maria Kirilenko
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
August 10 W&S Financial Group Women's Open
Cincinnati, United States
WTA Premier 5
$2,000,000 - Hard - 56S/32Q/28D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Serbia Jelena Janković
6–4, 6–2
Russia Dinara Safina Italy Flavia Pennetta
Russia Elena Dementieva
Belgium Kim Clijsters
Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki
Austria Sybille Bammer
Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
6–3, 0–6, [10–2]
Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez
August 17 Rogers Cup
Toronto, Canada
WTA Premier 5
$2,000,000 - Hard - 56S/32Q/28D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Russia Elena Dementieva
6–4, 6–3
Russia Maria Sharapova Russia Alisa Kleybanova
United States Serena Williams
Serbia Jelena Janković
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
Australia Samantha Stosur
Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová
Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez
2–6, 7–5, [11–9]
Australia Samantha Stosur
Australia Rennae Stubbs
August 24 Pilot Pen Tennis
New Haven, United States
WTA Premier
$600,000 - Hard - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki
6–2, 6–4
Russia Elena Vesnina France Amélie Mauresmo
Italy Flavia Pennetta
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Anna Chakvetadze
Slovakia Magdaléna Rybáriková
France Virginie Razzano
Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez
6–2, 7–5
Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
August 31
September 7
US Open
New York City, United States
Grand Slam
$9,756,000 - Hard - 128S/128Q/64D/32X
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw - Mixed Doubles Draw
Belgium Kim Clijsters
7–5, 6–3
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki Belgium Yanina Wickmayer
United States Serena Williams
Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko
United States Melanie Oudin
China Li Na
Italy Flavia Pennetta
United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
6–2, 6–2
Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
United States Travis Parrott
United States Carly Gullickson
6–2, 6–4
India Leander Paes
Zimbabwe Cara Black

September[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
September 14 Guangzhou International Women's Open
Guangzhou, China
WTA International
$220,000 - Hard - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Israel Shahar Pe'er
6–3, 6–4
Italy Alberta Brianti Japan Ayumi Morita
China Peng Shuai
Latvia Anastasija Sevastova
Ukraine Olga Savchuk
Russia Alexandra Panova
Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
Belarus Olga Govortsova
Belarus Tatiana Poutchek
3–6, 6–2, [10–8]
Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm
China Sun Tiantian
Bell Challenge présenté par Banque Nationale
Quebec City, Canada
WTA International
$220,000 - Carpet - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Hungary Melinda Czink
4–6, 6–3, 7–5
Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová Canada Aleksandra Wozniak
Germany Julia Görges
Russia Nadia Petrova
Russia Alla Kudryavtseva
United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
United States Lilia Osterloh
United States Vania King
Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
6–1, 6–3
Sweden Sofia Arvidsson
France Séverine Brémond Beltrame
September 21 Hansol Korea Open
Seoul, South Korea
WTA International
$220,000 - Hard - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm
6–3, 6–3
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Russia Maria Kirilenko
Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Russia Vera Dushevina
Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
Slovakia Magdaléna Rybáriková
Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
United States Abigail Spears
6–3, 6–4
United States Carly Gullickson
Australia Nicole Kriz
Tashkent Open
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
WTA International
$220,000 - Hard - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Israel Shahar Pe'er
6–3, 6–4
Uzbekistan Akgul Amanmuradova Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova
Belarus Olga Govortsova
Romania Monica Niculescu
Switzerland Stefanie Vögele
Belarus Darya Kustova
Russia Alexandra Panova
Belarus Olga Govortsova
Belarus Tatiana Poutchek
6–2, 6–7(1), [10–8]
Russia Vitalia Diatchenko
Belarus Ekaterina Dzehalevich
September 28 Toray Pan Pacific Open
Tokyo, Japan
WTA Premier 5
$2,000,000 - Hard - 56S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Russia Maria Sharapova
5–2 retired
Serbia Jelena Janković Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
China Li Na
Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Slovakia Magdaléna Rybáriková
Belarus Victoria Azarenka
France Marion Bartoli
Russia Alisa Kleybanova
Italy Francesca Schiavone
6–4, 6–2
Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Japan Ai Sugiyama

October[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
October 5 China Open
Beijing, China
WTA Premier Mandatory
$4,500,000 - Hard - 60S/32Q/28D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
6–2, 6–4
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska France Marion Bartoli
Russia Nadia Petrova
Russia Vera Zvonareva
Russia Elena Dementieva
Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
China Peng Shuai
Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
China Peng Shuai
6–3, 6–1
Russia Alla Kudryavtseva
Russia Ekaterina Makarova
October 12 Generali Ladies Linz
Linz, Austria
WTA International
$220,000 - Hard (i) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Belgium Yanina Wickmayer
6–3, 6–4
Czech Republic Petra Kvitová Italy Flavia Pennetta
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
Romania Ioana Raluca Olaru
Italy Sara Errani
Spain Carla Suárez Navarro
Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová
Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
6–1, 6–4
Poland Klaudia Jans
Poland Alicja Rosolska
HP Open
Osaka, Japan
WTA International
$220,000 - Hard - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Australia Samantha Stosur
7–5, 6–1
Italy Francesca Schiavone Denmark Caroline Wozniacki
India Sania Mirza
Canada Aleksandra Wozniak
United States Jill Craybas
Hungary Melinda Czink
France Marion Bartoli
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
United States Lisa Raymond
6–2, 6–4
South Africa Chanelle Scheepers
United States Abigail Spears
October 19 Kremlin Cup
Moscow, Russia
WTA Premier
$1,000,000 - Hard (i) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Italy Francesca Schiavone
6–3, 6–0
Belarus Olga Govortsova Ukraine Alona Bondarenko
Russia Alisa Kleybanova
Bulgaria Tsvetana Pironkova
Russia Maria Kirilenko
Russia Vera Dushevina
Serbia Jelena Janković
Russia Maria Kirilenko
Russia Nadia Petrova
6–2, 6–2
Russia Maria Kondratieva
Czech Republic Klára Zakopalová
BGL Luxembourg Open
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
WTA International
$220,000 - Hard (i) - 32S/32Q/16D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky
6–2, 7–5
Germany Sabine Lisicki Belgium Yanina Wickmayer
Israel Shahar Pe'er
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
Belgium Kirsten Flipkens
Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Switzerland Patty Schnyder
Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
1–6, 6–0, [10–7]
Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlířová
Czech Republic Renata Voráčová
October 26 Sony Ericsson Championships
Doha, Qatar
Year-end championships
$4,550,000 - Hard - 8S (RR)/4D
Singles Draw - Doubles Draw
United States Serena Williams
6–2, 7–6(7–4)
United States Venus Williams Denmark Caroline Wozniacki
Serbia Jelena Janković
Round Robin
Russia Dinara Safina
Belarus Victoria Azarenka
Russia Vera Zvonareva
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Elena Dementieva
Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez
7–6(0), 5–7, [10–7]
Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber

November[edit]

Week of Tournament Champion Runner-up Semifinalists Round Robin
November 2 Commonwealth Bank
Tournament of Champions

Bali, Indonesia
Year-end championships
$600,000 - Hard (i) - 12S
Singles Draw
France Aravane Rezaï
7–5 retired
France Marion Bartoli Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez
Israel Shahar Pe'er
Slovakia Magdaléna Rybáriková
Australia Samantha Stosur
Hungary Ágnes Szávay
Belgium Yanina Wickmayer
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Russia Vera Dushevina
Germany Sabine Lisicki
Hungary Melinda Czink
November 2 Fed Cup: Final
Reggio Calabria Clay
 Italy 4–0  United States

Statistical information[edit]

These tables present the number of singles (S), doubles (D), and mixed doubles (X) titles won by each player and each nation during the season, within all the tournament categories of the 2009 WTA Tour: the Grand Slam tournaments, the Year-end championships, the WTA Premier tournaments and the WTA International tournaments. The players/nations are sorted by:

1) total number of titles (a doubles title won by two players representing the same nation counts as only one win for the nation);
2) highest amount of highest category tournaments (for example, having a single Grand Slam gives preference over any kind of combination without a Grand Slam title);
3) a singles > doubles > mixed doubles hierarchy;
4) alphabetical order (by family names for players).

Titles won by player[edit]

Total titles Player Grand Slam
tournaments
Year-end
championships
Premier
tournaments
International
tournaments
All titles
Singles Doubles Mixed Singles Doubles Singles Doubles Singles Doubles Singles Doubles Mixed
9 Spain María José Martínez Sánchez 1 2 2 4 2 7 0
7 United States Serena Williams 2 3 1 1 3 4 0
Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives 1 2 4 0 7 0
6 United States Venus Williams 3 1 1 1 2 4 0
United States Liezel Huber 1 4 1 0 5 1
5 Belarus Victoria Azarenka 1 1 2 1 3 2 0
Italy Flavia Pennetta 1 1 3 2 3 0
Zimbabwe Cara Black 4 1 0 5 0
4 Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 1 2 1 3 1 0
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 2 1 1 3 1 0
3 Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld 1 2 0 2 1
Russia Dinara Safina 2 1 3 0 0
Russia Elena Dementieva 2 1 3 0 0
Russia Vera Zvonareva 1 1 1 2 1 0
Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei 3 0 3 0
United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands 3 0 3 0
China Peng Shuai 3 0 3 0
Russia Nadia Petrova 3 0 3 0
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung 1 3 0 3 0
Russia Alisa Kleybanova 1 2 0 3 0
France Nathalie Dechy 3 0 3 0
Italy Mara Santangelo 3 0 3 0
2 Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues 1 1 1 1 0
India Sania Mirza 1 1 0 1 1
France Aravane Rezaï 1 1 2 0 0
France Amélie Mauresmo 1 1 1 1 0
Italy Francesca Schiavone 1 1 1 1 0
France Marion Bartoli 1 1 2 0 0
Serbia Jelena Janković 1 1 2 0 0
United States Racquel Kops-Jones 1 1 0 2 0
Israel Shahar Pe'er 2 2 0 0
Belgium Yanina Wickmayer 2 2 0 0
Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn 1 1 1 1 0
Argentina Gisela Dulko 2 0 2 0
Belarus Olga Govortsova 2 0 2 0
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká 2 0 2 0
United States Vania King 2 0 2 0
Belarus Tatiana Poutchek 2 0 2 0
United States Abigail Spears 2 0 2 0
Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová 2 0 2 0
1 Belgium Kim Clijsters 1 1 0 0
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual 1 0 1 0
United States Carly Gullickson 1 0 0 1
Romania Alexandra Dulgheru 1 1 0 0
Germany Sabine Lisicki 1 1 0 0
Russia Maria Sharapova 1 1 0 0
Uzbekistan Akgul Amanmuradova 1 0 1 0
Russia Maria Kirilenko 1 0 1 0
Japan Ai Sugiyama 1 0 1 0
China Yan Zi 1 0 1 0
Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky 1 1 0 0
Austria Sybille Bammer 1 1 0 0
Hungary Melinda Czink 1 1 0 0
Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm 1 1 0 0
Russia Vera Dushevina 1 1 0 0
Czech Republic Petra Kvitová 1 1 0 0
Germany Andrea Petkovic 1 1 0 0
Slovakia Magdaléna Rybáriková 1 1 0 0
Australia Samantha Stosur 1 1 0 0
Hungary Ágnes Szávay 1 1 0 0
Italy Roberta Vinci 1 1 0 0
Czech Republic Iveta Benešová 1 0 1 0
Ukraine Alona Bondarenko 1 0 1 0
Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko 1 0 1 0
Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan 1 0 1 0
Italy Sara Errani 1 0 1 0
Germany Julia Görges 1 0 1 0
Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková 1 0 1 0
Poland Klaudia Jans 1 0 1 0
Russia Ekaterina Makarova 1 0 1 0
Romania Monica Niculescu 1 0 1 0
United States Lisa Raymond 1 0 1 0
Poland Alicja Rosolska 1 0 1 0
Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova 1 0 1 0
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik 1 0 1 0
Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlířová 1 0 1 0
Czech Republic Renata Voráčová 1 0 1 0

Titles won by nation[edit]

Total titles Player Grand Slam
tournaments
Year-end
championships
Premier
tournaments
International
tournaments
All titles
Singles Doubles Mixed Singles Doubles Singles Doubles Singles Doubles Singles Doubles Mixed
24  United States 2 3 2 1 1 8 1 6 5 17 2
21  Russia 1 8 6 4 2 13 8 0
11  Spain 1 1 2 3 4 3 8 0
 Italy 2 1 2 6 4 7 0
10  France 2 1 2 4 4 5 0
7  Belarus 1 1 2 3 3 4 0
 Chinese Taipei 4 3 0 7 0
6  Germany 1 1 1 3 2 3 1
 Czech Republic 1 5 1 5 0
5  Zimbabwe 4 1 0 5 0
4  Denmark 2 1 1 3 1 0
 China 4 0 4 0
3  Belgium 1 2 3 0 0
2  India 1 1 0 1 1
 Serbia 1 1 2 0 0
 Romania 1 1 1 1 0
 Japan 1 1 1 1 0
 Hungary 2 2 0 0
 Israel 2 2 0 0
 Thailand 1 1 1 1 0
 Argentina 2 0 2 0
1  Uzbekistan 1 0 1 0
 Australia 1 1 0 0
 Austria 1 1 0 0
 Slovakia 1 1 0 0
  Switzerland 1 1 0 0
 Kazakhstan 1 0 1 0
 Poland 1 0 1 0
 Slovenia 1 0 1 0
 Ukraine 1 0 1 0

Titles information[edit]

The following players won their first singles title:

The following players completed a successful singles title defence:

Rankings[edit]

Singles[edit]

The following is the 2009 top 20 in the Race To The Championships.[6] Premier Mandatory Events are counted even if the player did not compete, if there is no injury excuse, it is counted as one of their events, when you are in the top 10. Players in gold are players who competed in the 2009 WTA Tour Championships.

Race Singles
Rk Name Nation Points Tour
1 Dinara Safina  RUS 7731 18
2 Serena Williams  USA 7576 17
3 Svetlana Kuznetsova  RUS 5772 18
4 Caroline Wozniacki  DEN 5475 24
5 Elena Dementieva  RUS 5415 19
6 Victoria Azarenka  BLR 4451 16
7 Venus Williams  USA 4397 16
8 Jelena Janković  SRB 3555 18
9 Vera Zvonareva  RUS 3550 19
10 Agnieszka Radwańska  POL 3340 22
11 Flavia Pennetta  ITA 3150 24
12 Marion Bartoli  FRA 3105 23
13 Samantha Stosur  AUS 2945 20
14 Maria Sharapova  RUS 2820 16
15 Li Na  CHN 2541 18
16 Francesca Schiavone  ITA 2375 27
17 Kim Clijsters  BEL 2340 4
18 Virginie Razzano  FRA 2300 21
19 Yanina Wickmayer  BEL 2290 19
20 Nadia Petrova  RUS 2220 22
Singles Year-end Ranking
Rk Name Nation Points Change
1 Serena Williams  USA 9,075 Increase1
2 Dinara Safina  RUS 7,800 Increase1
3 Svetlana Kuznetsova  RUS 6,141 Increase5
4 Caroline Wozniacki  DEN 5,875 Increase8
5 Elena Dementieva  RUS 5,585 Decrease1
6 Venus Williams  USA 5,126 Steady
7 Victoria Azarenka  BLR 4,820 Increase8
8 Jelena Janković  SRB 3,965 Decrease7
9 Vera Zvonareva  RUS 3,560 Decrease2
10 Agnieszka Radwańska  POL 3,450 Steady
11 Marion Bartoli  FRA 3,415 Increase6
12 Flavia Pennetta  ITA 3,150 Increase1
13 Samantha Stosur  AUS 3,045 Increase39
14 Maria Sharapova  RUS 2,820 Decrease5
15 Li Na  CHN 2,541 Increase8
16 Yanina Wickmayer  BEL 2,385 Increase53
17 Francesca Schiavone  ITA 2,375 Increase13
18 Kim Clijsters  BEL 2,340 IncreaseNR
19 Virginie Razzano  FRA 2,300 Increase40
20 Nadia Petrova  RUS 2,220 Decrease9

Number 1 Ranking[edit]

Holder Date Gained Date Forfeited
 Jelena Janković (SRB) Year-End 2008 2 February 2009
 Serena Williams (USA) 2 February 2009 20 April 2009
 Dinara Safina (RUS) 20 April 2009 12 October 2009
 Serena Williams (USA) 12 October 2009 26 October 2009
 Dinara Safina (RUS) 26 October 2009 2 November 2009
 Serena Williams (USA) 2 November 2009 Year-End 2009

Doubles[edit]

Race Rankings Team
Rk Name Points Tour
1 Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
9100 20
2 United States Venus Williams
United States Serena Williams
6750 5
3 Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez
6397 20
4 Australia Rennae Stubbs
Australia Samantha Stosur
5048 15
5 China Peng Shuai
Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
4286 11
6 Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Japan Ai Sugiyama
4192 15
7 Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
4128 13
8 Czech Republic Květa Peschke
United States Lisa Raymond
3206 12
9 United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Russia Nadia Petrova
3031 12
10 China Yan Zi
China Zheng Jie
2482 11
Doubles Year-end Rankings
Rk Name Nation Points Change
1 Cara Black  ZIM 8,520 Steady
= Liezel Huber  USA 8,520 Steady
3 Serena Williams  USA 7,440 Increase25
= Venus Williams  USA 7,440 Increase20
5 Nuria Llagostera Vives  ESP 6,180 Increase25
6 María José Martínez Sánchez  ESP 6,180 Increase24
7 Samantha Stosur  AUS 5,610 Increase7
= Rennae Stubbs  AUS 5,610 Increase2
9 Hsieh Su-wei  TPE 4,730 Increase42
10 Virginia Ruano Pascual  ESP 4,670 Decrease5
11 Anabel Medina Garrigues  ESP 4,600 Decrease8
12 Peng Shuai  CHN 4,550 Increase15
13 Daniela Hantuchová  SVK 4,180 Increase41
14 Alisa Kleybanova  RUS 4,150 Increase69
15 Victoria Azarenka  BLR 3,801 Decrease3
16 Nadia Petrova  RUS 3,735 Increase4
17 Bethanie Mattek-Sands  USA 3,620 Increase9
18 Lisa Raymond  USA 3,560 Decrease10
19 Francesca Schiavone  ITA 3,540 Increase13
20 Ekaterina Makarova  RUS 3,510 Increase42

Number 1 Ranking[edit]

Holder Dates Held
 Cara Black (ZIM)
 Liezel Huber (USA)
Held Through The Entirety of 2009

WTA Prize Money Leaders[edit]

As of 16 November 2009
# Country Player Singles Doubles Bonus Pool 1 Year-to-date
1.  USA Serena Williams $5,584,437 $636,149 $325,000 $6,545,586
2.  RUS Dinara Safina $3,601,325 $8,893 $700,000 $4,310,218
3.  RUS Svetlana Kuznetsova $3,280,865 $152,976 $225,000 $3,658,841
4.  USA Venus Williams $2,240,745 $636,149 $250,000 $3,126,894
5.  SRB Jelena Janković $1,491,514 $0 $1,000,000 $2,491,514
6.  DEN Caroline Wozniacki $2,324,692 $46,858 $0 $2,371,550
7.  RUS Elena Dementieva $1,880,156 $825 $462,500 $2,343,481
8.  BLR Victoria Azarenka $1,827,770 $287,766 $0 $2,115,536
9.  RUS Vera Zvonareva $1,447,361 $144,784 $50,000 $1,642,145
10.  BEL Kim Clijsters $1,630,150 $2,410 $0 $1,632,560

1 Only for 2008 year-end top 10, Certain players receive fines for skipping events

Statistics leaders[edit]

As of November 16, 2009. Source

ACES
Player Aces Matches
1 United States Serena Williams 381 62
2 Russia Nadia Petrova 306 51
3 United States Venus Williams 277 54
4 Australia Samantha Stosur 277 58
5 Germany Sabine Lisicki 243 46
6 Russia Alisa Kleybanova 215 53
7 Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová 202 55
8 Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 200 56
9 Italy Flavia Pennetta 199 75
10 Slovakia Magdaléna Rybáriková 189 52
SERVICE GAMES WON
Player  % Matches
1 United States Serena Williams 77.6 62
2 United States Venus Williams 77.6 54
3 Australia Samantha Stosur 75.7 58
4 Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová 75.7 55
5 Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 74.4 56
6 Russia Vera Zvonareva 74.3 47
7 Russia Nadia Petrova 72.4 51
8 Germany Sabine Lisicki 72.2 46
9 Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 71.7 91
10 Germany Kristina Barrois 71.5 24
BREAK POINTS SAVED
Player  % Matches
1 Australia Samantha Stosur 63.2 58
2 United States Venus Williams 62.0 54
3 Russia Vera Zvonareva 60.8 47
4 Germany Kristina Barrois 60.5 24
5 Serbia Ana Ivanovic 59.8 35
6 Czech Republic Iveta Benešová 58.7 54
7 France Amélie Mauresmo 59.5 37
8 Switzerland Patty Schnyder 59.4 43
9 France Virginie Razzano 59.3 50
10 Russia Elena Dementieva 59.1 72
FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Player  % Matches
1 Romania Monica Niculescu 72.3 32
2 Ukraine Alona Bondarenko 72.1 55
3 Belarus Victoria Azarenka 72.0 60
4 Austria Patricia Mayr 71.6 28
5 China Zheng Jie 70.6 48
6 Italy Sara Errani 70.2 52
7 Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová 69.7 32
8 Austria Sybille Bammer 69.5 43
9 Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 68.8 91
10 Spain Carla Suárez Navarro 67.8 54
FIRST SERVICE POINTS WON
Player  % Matches
1 United States Serena Williams 73.5 62
2 United States Venus Williams 72.1 54
3 Germany Sabine Lisicki 71.1 46
4 Russia Nadia Petrova 70.8 51
5 Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová 69.6 55
6 Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká 69.6 25
7 Australia Samantha Stosur 68.4 58
8 Germany Kristina Barrois 67.7 24
9 Russia Vera Zvonareva 67.6 47
10 Italy Flavia Pennetta 67.1 75
SECOND SERVE POINTS WON
Player  % Matches
1 Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 50.6 56
2 Switzerland Patty Schnyder 50.5 43
3 Australia Samantha Stosur 49.5 58
4 Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 49.4 91
5 Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová 49.3 55
6 Austria Patricia Mayr 49.2 28
7 China Li Na 49.1 51
8 France Virginie Razzano 49 50
9 Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova 48.6 35
10 United States Venus Williams 48.6 54
POINTS WON RETURNING 1ST SERVICE
Player  % Matches
1 Russia Dinara Safina 43.1 71
2 Russia Elena Dementieva 42.5 72
3 Belarus Victoria Azarenka 42.5 60
4 Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 42.2 91
5 Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues 41.5 59
6 Russia Maria Sharapova 41.4 40
7 Belarus Olga Govortsova 41.4 50
8 Spain Carla Suárez Navarro 41.1 74
9 Italy Sara Errani 40.7 52
10 France Alizé Cornet 40.7 44
BREAK POINTS CONVERTED
Player  % Matches
1 Belarus Victoria Azarenka 53.3 60
2 Czech Republic Klára Zakopalová 52.9 25
3 Russia Anna Chakvetadze 52.4 31
4 Poland Agnieszka Radwańska 52.3 67
5 Spain Carla Suárez Navarro 52.1 54
6 Russia Dinara Safina 51.8 71
7 Slovakia Dominika Cibulková 51.7 36
8 Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko 51.3 43
9 Russia Elena Dementieva 51.0 72
10 Italy Flavia Pennetta 50.4 75
RETURN GAMES WON
Player  % Matches
1 Belarus Victoria Azarenka 49.5 60
2 Russia Maria Sharapova 48.6 40
3 Russia Elena Dementieva 47.0 72
4 Russia Dinara Safina 46.5 71
5 France Marion Bartoli 45.8 68
6 Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 44.9 91
7 Poland Agnieszka Radwańska 43.8 67
8 Italy Flavia Pennetta 43.2 75
9 Israel Shahar Pe'er 42.9 57
10 Italy Sara Errani 42.8 52

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

Retirements[edit]

Following are notable players who announced their retirement from the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour during the 2009 season:

Awards[edit]

The winners of the 2009 WTA Awards were announced on 24 March 2010, during a special ceremony at the Sony Ericsson Open.[14]

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References[edit]

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