The final fight for supremacy begins at the 2009 Sony Ericsson WTA Championship in Doha, Qatar where the world's top eight women compete for the top honours.
A mere look at the division confirms that where on on hand, the White Group features two slamless No.1's and a couple of breakthrough performers, the Maroon Group consists of the creme-de-la-creme of Grand Slam tennis.
Out of the entire lot, there are only two former champions, with Serena winning in Los Angeles in 2001 and Venus triumphing in Doha last year. The top eight players come into the Championships backed by an explicitely varied set of careers and perhaps this is what makes this year's championships quite unusual. Names like Elena Dementieva and Svetlana Kuznetsova, who have been on this stage plenty of times are yet to prove their mettle, whereas debutants Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki have brought a breath of fresh air to the Grand finale. Most notable of the entire lot are the slamless No.1's Jelena Jankovic and Dinara Safina, who carry a huge burden of expectations as this is probably the only event other than a Grand Slam that can fetch them a long overdue "champion-status".
Let's take a look at each of the eight women's contendorship at the year-end Championship -
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