Last week’s 2013 TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships were described as the “year end event.” Well…not quite. There is still the 2013 Nanjing Ladies Open, ITF’s Fed Cup and this tournament, the 2013 Garanti Koza WTA Tournament of Champions, which I will simply refer to as 2013 Sofia, as it is played in Sofia, Bulgaria. Like the event in Istanbul last week, Sofia employs a round robin format, which facilitates the ability to take a loss and still advance to semifinal play. Such was the case with Ana Ivanovic. The Serbian superstar, who won this event in back to back years in 2010 and 2011 when it was contested in Bali, brought an undefeated record at this event. She would leave her final round robin match against Vesnina with her first blemish. It was a tough see-sawing match which saw Vesnina ultimately win in a third set tiebreak, 6-4 3-6 7-6 (1). However the thrill of victory would be short-lived for Elena. When Samantha Stosur beat Tsvetana Pironkova later, that left Ana and Elena tied. Both players went 2-1 in round robin play. Because Ana won more sets in her matches, she gets the tie breaker advantage and moves on. Of course, I am a huge Ivanovic fan, so I am always happen when she advances in any tournament. However, there is a part of me wondering whether head to head should be the first tie breaker in a situation like this. If players A and B both have identical round robin records, but player A beat player B, maybe player A should advance. Oh well, that’s not the rule here. So in the end I congratulate Ana, who joins Samantha Stosur, Simona Halep and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the 2013 Sofia semifinals.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 01, 2013
| Elena Vesnina (RUS) d  Ana Ivanovic (SRB)||| 6 – 4 | 3 – 6 | 7 – 6 (1) ||
| Samantha Stosur (AUS) d  Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL)||| 6 – 1 | 6 – 4 ||
| Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d  Alize Cornet (FRA)||| 6 – 2 | 6 – 2 ||
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