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Li Leads The Seeds

  • dgec
  • 02 November 2010
  • 09:11

The International tournament series will have its year-end championships in Bali this week, as eight of the WTA's brightest stars play for the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions, the last event of the WTA season.

World No.11 Li Na, who just missed out on a spot in Doha, leads the eight woman, single elimination draw. The week before the WTA Championships - Doha 2010, Li and Victoria Azarenka were competing for the eighth berth in the eight woman field in Doha; Azarenka performed better in Moscow and clinched that berth, meaning Li was an alternate there.

This week, Li - a champion at the International-level stop in Birmingham this year - will be the No.1 seed, and begins against one of the tournament wildcards, Kimiko Date Krumm, whose best showing this year was the finals in Osaka.

World No.18 Aravane Rezai, who won the inaugural edition of this event one year ago, is the No.2 seed. A champion in Bastad this year, she will open against fellow hard-hitter Alisa Kleybanova, who won in Kuala Lumpur and Seoul.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Yanina Wickmayer, ranked No.20 and No.22, are the No.3 and No.4 seeds. Pavlyuchenkova won in Monterrey and Istanbul, while Wickmayer won in Auckland. Pavlyuchenkova opens against Linz champion Ana Ivanovic, while Wickmayer opens with the other tournament wildcard, Daniela Hantuchova, who was a finalist in Monterrey.

The Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions debuted in 2009, with Rezai beating Marion Bartoli in the final. Before last year, Bali was a regular event on the WTA calendar. For more information on the tournament, click here.

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