Friday, September 21, 2007

The Race to Madrid Heats Up

With about six weeks to go before the big year-end women's championships, only three of the tournament's precious eight spots are spoken for. So far Justine, Jelena and Sveta Kuznetsova are locked into for the big Spanish showdown, which offers Grand Slam-level prize money.Who else will be on the tennis tapas menu? As it stands now, Ivanovic, Sharapova, Chakvetadze and both Williams sisters are in position. But look for Bartoli to edge her way into the mix. Along with Hantuchova and Petrova, "Tippy Toes" Bartoli is in striking distance of the sisters, particularly considering the doubtful prospect that either Venus or Serena will show up at any of the tour's remaining tournaments.

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