WTA Championships, Istanbul

Serena Wins 4th WTA Championship

By DownTheTee | October 27, 2013

By Jane Voigt October 27, 2013 — Li Na played lights out in the first set, keeping her promise to Coach Carlos Rodriguez to stay focused on her own game, as Serena Williams dragged herself from point to point. Out of fuel, as she had phrased it yesterday.  Yet, as usual, Williams left behind her…

Li Na & Serena Williams Perfect in Istanbul

By DownTheTee | October 26, 2013

By Jane Voigt October 26, 2013 — Li Na stood strong, mentally and physically, in her victory over Petra Kvitova. She was rewarded with her first-ever berth in a WTA Year-ending Championships plus a year-ending career-high ranking at No. 3. She is a perfect 4-0 for the week. Serena Williams, in contrast, took everyone on…

Perfect Player

By DownTheTee | October 25, 2013

By Jane Voigt October 25, 2013 — Is there one perfect tennis player on the women’s tour? Simply and realistically … no. Yet, tennis does attract perfectionists. At the club level, which is most familiar to the large percentage of people on court around the world, you can stand back and watch the characteristic bloom.…



By DownTheTee | October 24, 2013

By Jane Voigt October 24, 2013 — Serena Williams advanced to the head of her Red Group in Istanbul today, after a dominating performance against Petra Kvitova brought the America to a perfect 3-0 record in the round-robin competition of the WTA year-ending championships.  She is 13-0 now at this event. Plus, she has not…

Big Money

By DownTheTee | October 23, 2013

By Jane Voigt October 23, 2013 — There’s something off about this. Players that do well — win a lot — have less down time. The women in Istanbul at the year-ending championships have the best records for 2013, and they remain on court for an additional week because of that. Punishment or pleasure?  …


On Their Toes

By DownTheTee | October 22, 2013

By Jane Voigt October 22, 2013 — You don’t need tea leaves to figure out who will win the year-ending WTA Championships. Serena Williams. The elite crop of the eight highest-performing women from 2013 is on hand this week in Istanbul, each with her own performance record, each with a story to tell. They have earned their…