So now that the tournament after the season-ending championship is over, we can finally look at what's in store for 2012. And, of course, it all begins with Serena Williams.
Kind of confounding that Turkey shelled out all that dough to bring the WTA Championships to Istanbul -- unless you take a good, hard look at the country's big-picture agenda.
Petra Kvitova seized the moment and completed her stellar season in Istanbul. But just as impressive was her ability to survive lapses with no loss of composure.
Hey, Serena Williams, how about a moratorium on the perpetual Twitter updates? And, Novak Djokovic, no more Davis Cup discourse. It's a new year, and we've made the player's resolutions.
So what do we make of Caroline Wozniacki, who lost to a part-time mom in the year-end championships? We know the world No. 1 is consistent, but will she ever be great?
Dinara Safina's ego was smacked around this season, but if she can pull off the year-end championships, it would go a long way toward 2010.