STOSUR AND SCHIAVONE SEAL DOHA PLACES

Australia’s Sam Stosur and Francesca Schiavone of Italy have

both qualified for the singles draw of the

WTA Championships for the first

time.

The pair will join Caroline Wozniacki, Vera Zvonareva, Serena

Williams and Kim Clijsters at the Doha event at the end of the

month.

”I’ve been there a few times for doubles, so to qualify in

singles is very exciting,” said world number eight Stosur. ”It’s

always been a goal of mine to achieve this.”

Venus Williams also qualified for the event but was forced to

withdraw with a knee injury which has ended her season, meaning

there are two places left up for grabs, currently occupied by

Jelena Jankovic and Elena Dementieva.