No. 1 up for grabs at year-end championships

The Sony Ericsson Championships will decide whether Amelie Mauresmo, Maria Sharapova or Justine Henin-Hardenne will finish the year ranked No. 1 in the world. Matt Wilansky and Keith Hawkins break down this year's field.

Updated: November 6, 2006, 11:12 PM ET
By Matt Wilansky | ESPN.com

After 10 hard-fought months, the 2006 season concludes this week with the top eight players competing at the Sony Ericsson Championships in Madrid. It's been a roller-coaster season for several of the competitors, most of whom have been plagued by injuries. For others like Martina Hingis, reaching the championships has been a significant achievement. One noticeable absence is the United States, which failed to qualify a singles player for the first time since 1972 (the first year a season-ending ...

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