Previewing the 2012 WTA Tour Championship Semifinals

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Previewing the 2012 WTA Tour Championship Semifinals
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Eight women descended on Istanbul earlier this week for the WTA Tour Championships, with a ninth getting a chance to play due to a withdrawal. But now, only four remain.

Round-robin play at the 2012 WTA Tour Championships concluded Friday with two "elimination matches," with the winner going to the semifinals and the loser heading home for the winter.

In the first match, Agnieszka Radwanska needed three hours and 29 minutes to dispatch Sara Errani, 6-7 (6) 7-5 6-4. The match broke a record for longest WTA Tour Championship match under the best-of-three format—the previous record was the 2007 final between Justine Henin and Maria Sharapova, which Henin won 5-7 7-5 6-3 in 3:24.

In the second match, world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka overcame an early break in the first set to win the tiebreaker, 7-4, and then broke Li Na to win the second set 6-3, in the process securing the year-end No. 1 rank.

So, with round-robin play in the books, semifinal action will get underway tomorrow. Here's a preview of the two matches.

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