2007 WTA Tour
The 2007 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour was the 35th season since the founding of the Women's Tennis Association. It commenced on January 1, 2007, and concluded on November 11, 2007 after 61 events. Two new events were added to the schedule for the 2007 season: the Barcelona KIA and Gastein Ladies. It also saw the long-running Acura Classic put on hiatus until its return in 2010. Total prize money came to over $62 million, a record-breaking figure.
Justine Henin put together a strong season, winning 10 out of the 14 events she entered during the season, including her sixth and seventh Grand Slam titles at the French Open and U.S. Open, and put together a 63–4 win-loss record. Following her loss to Marion Bartoli in the Wimbledon semifinals, she went undefeated for the rest of the year, becoming the first woman to earn over $5 million in a single season.
Meanwhile, the Williams sisters returned to the forefront of tennis after years of injury struggles, with both finishing the season in the top ten, the first time since 2004 that Serena Williams finished in the upper elite in the rankings. Serena's emphatic victory at the Australian Open, ranked No. 81, surprised the tennis world. Venus Williams won her fourth Wimbledon title, and sixth Grand Slam overall, becoming the lowest ranked woman to win at Wimbledon.
The season saw two former world No. 1s retire, but one return. Kim Clijsters cut her farewell tour short by retiring abruptly in May, having originally been due to play her last event in October. She later returned in 2009. Martina Hingis was forced to quit after she admitted that she had tested positive for cocaine. However, Lindsay Davenport made a successful comeback from her pregnancy and won two tournament titles in the latter half of the season.
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