The World's Best Tennis Players in Doha

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Here’s what the world’s top eight players said yesterday at the draw for the Sony Ericsson Championships 2008, the season-ending event which begins at the Khalifa Tennis Complex tomorrow.

Jelena Jankovic – Serbia

“It feels great to be the world number one. I think it is a huge accomplishment for me to be the number one player in the world. Hopefully, I can finish the year on a great note. It is (playing tennis) all about attitude and I always go out to win a match. All of us have worked hard to come and compete in this championship.”

Dinara Safina – Russia

“I knew that to compete in Doha (for the season-ending championship), I had to do something. It is my first time in this championship. I hope this is a good week for me. Hopefully, I can play good tennis.”

Serena Williams – US

“It was exciting to win the US Open. I just wanted to be consistent and play good tennis. I was happy that everything came together. Winning the Olympic Games gold medal (in the doubles with sister Venus) was the highlight of the year for me. It was a special moment for me and Venus.”

Ana Ivanovic – Serbia

“It was a great experience winning the French Open. It was definitely the highlight of my career. It is an honour to compete with the best players in the world. All the players want to be the number one.”

Elena Dementieva – Russia

“I know I am playing this championship for the eighth time, but I don’t want to be called a veteran (laughs). It was a special and proud moment at the Games (winning the gold medal in the singles).”

Svetlana Kuznetsova – Russia

“I am happy to come back to Doha. It was good fun trying to be in the top-8 for this championship. It is a privilege to compete with the world’s best.”

Venus Williams – US

“This is my second time in Doha so I have experience of playing here. I have the opportunity to add to my trophy room... I am working on it.”

Vera Zvonareva – Russia

“This is my second time in Doha this year. I enjoyed myself when I played here in February. I am happy to be here and excited to compete with the world’s best players.”

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