Once again, the Williams sisters are the favorites
A week ago, there was a remarkable scramble for the last three spots in the WTA Tour's season-ending championship.
Anna Smashnova, Maggie Maleeva and Elena Dementieva -- playing in Linz, Austria and Luxembourg -- produced enough points to secure spots in the $3 million tournament that begins Wednesday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
And what fate awaits them in the 16-player event? Probably the same as the 14 athletes who are not named Williams -- abject defeat.