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Petra Kvitova never ran from a challenge

Updated: October 31, 2011, 2:18 PM ET
By Peter Bodo

Although there's still one event left on the WTA calendar (the Bali Tournament of Also Rans, er, "Champions"), the top women are done for the year now that the WTA Tour Championships is over.

The women's tennis pros mustered a rousing ending. The event in Istanbul, propped up by low ticket prices and government support, was very well attended, and the crowd was astute, even though it had to be admonished in Turkish, "Thank you for not smoking."

That request ...

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