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Safina first qualifier for season-ending championships

Women's world number one Dinara Safina is the first player to qualify for the season-ending WTA Championships in Doha, the tour said in a statement on Thursday.

sports Updated: Aug 06, 2009 21:45 IST

Women's world number one Dinara Safina is the first player to qualify for the season-ending WTA Championships in Doha, the tour said in a statement on Thursday.

The Russian, 23, has held the top spot since April and will look to improve on her performance in 2008 when she lost all three group matches to the Williams sisters and compatriot Elena Dementieva.

Safina has come under criticism from American number two Serena Williams, holder of the US Open, Australian Open and Wimbledon titles, for her top ranking despite not having won a grand slam.

The season-ending championships begin on Oct 27 and will be contested by the world's top eight singles players.