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Serena books her ticket to Doha

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 11:40

With around three-quarters of the 2009 season done and dusted, Serena Williams has secured her spot at the year-end Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha.

The 27-year-old world No.2 is the second player to guarantee their place at the eight-woman event after Dinara Safina was the first to qualify for the $4.45 million extravaganza around a fortnight ago.

‘Its never easy and its never a guarantee, so I am thrilled to be going’ – Serena

Williams has had a fabulous year so far at the majors, capturing the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles, her 10th and 11th Grand Slam singles trophies. She also made the last eight in Paris.

The Sony Ericsson Championships features the top eight singles players and top four doubles pairs in the world after the regular season has finished and runs from October 27-November 1 at the Khalifa International Tennis Complex in Doha, Qatar.

I am really excited about qualifying for the Sony Ericsson Championships for the ninth time in my career, said Serena, who tops the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour prizemoney leaders this year with $3,950,466.

Its never easy and its never a guarantee, so I am thrilled to be going to Doha and competing against some of the best players in the world.

Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, was one of the first to congratulate the American.

Serena has achieved great results this year, impressing everyone with her tremendous performances at the Grand Slams, said Allaster.

The season-ending event dates back to 1972 and has been held in New York, Munich, Los Angeles and Madrid before it moved to its current home in the Middle East.

Former singles champions include Tracy Austin, Kim Clijsters, Chris Evert, Evonne Goolagong, Steffi Graf, Martina Hingis, Martina Navratilova, Gabriela Sabatini, Serena, Justine Henin and Venus Williams.

Cara Black and Liezel Huber won the doubles event in 2008 and currently lead in the Doubles Race to Doha with 6,750 points.

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