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Picture This: Players getting jazzed up for WTA Championships

ISTANBUL -- When the WTA go big, they sure do it right.

The WTA's Elite Eight -- and second alternate Marion Bartoli -- got the glamour treatment on Sunday night for the WTA Championships draw ceremony, held at the Ciragan Palace Hotel in Istanbul. I mean, if you're in Istanbul where else would you host the draw ceremony than at a luxurious 5-star hotel overlooking the Bosphorus that just so happened to be a former Ottoman palace? Easily the nicest hotel I have ever had the luxury of being thrown out of. Just kidding. Maybe.

Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams Left to right: Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams. (AP)

Maria and Serena were yukking it up with each other during the ceremony, with both players trying (and failing) to stifle their laughter. "You do not want to know what we talked about," Sharapova said. "It's not PG-13." What a tease.

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Marion Bartoli, Petra Kvitova, Sara Errani, Angelique Kerber, Agnieszka Radwanska. (Getty Images)

The best accessory? Bartoli's awesome tan lines from her physio-taped right hand. Ah, the French and their avant-garde fashion trends.

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Marion Bartoli Errani and Bartoli. (Getty Images)

Don't ask me how Bartoli made it around in those black suede Christian Loubitin booties. That six-inch heel was no joke.

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Bartoli, Errani, Kvitova, Kerber, Radwanska, Li. (Getty Images)

The best of the rest.

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Li, Kerber, Kvitova, Azarenka, Sharapova, Serena, Radwanska, Errani. (Getty Images)

Get in there, Sara! You earned your spot. Don't be shy! Also, you probably should have steamed your dress before the party.

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Marion Bartoli Marion Bartoli. (Getty Images)

"Marion Thoughts" needs to be a Tumblr.

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Serena Williams. (AP)

"I can't believe I'm here, either!"

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Stacey Allaster. (Getty Images)

WTA Chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster is large and in charge.

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