The Draw for the end of the year championship for the women’s tennis association is already set, so let’s take a look who will face who in the prestigious event.
The tournament features a round-robin stage, with the top two players in each group advancing to the semifinals.
With Serena Williams skipping the event, Simona Halep is the top seed and leads the pack in the Red Group. If you have ever thought what the life on the tour will be without her, after she retires, look at the draw here to have a little glimpse about this.
Simona Halep who lost to Serena Williams in the final last year, after she beat her in the pool stage, is in the same group with multiple Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova, the surprising winner of this year’s US Open Flavia Pennetta and Asian Swing master Agnieszka Radwanska.
The Romanian boosts the least impressive record vs the opposition in her group – 4-4 vs Radwanska, but 1-4 vs Flavia and 0-5 vs Maria.
Sharapova has played only once since Wimbledon, ended in a retirement vs Barbora Strycova in Wuhan, but she says she is fit to go here.
Flavia Pennetta stormed to the title in the US Open last month, defeating fellow compatriot Roberta Vinci in the final,and with that took the giant leap in the rankigns, enough to participate here. She announced her intentions to retire in the end of the season, so this may well be the last time we see her play although with Rio Olympics just around the corner, you will never know…
Agnieszka who managed a late surge in the rankings captured her ticket to Singapore winning in Tokyo and Tianjin. This is her 7-th appearance of the event and has 2 semifinals on her account.
The White Group has 2 heavy hitting girls in face of Wimbledon Finalist Garbine Muguruza and 2 time Champion on the grass courts in London – Petra Kvitova. They are joined by Lucie Safarova and Angelique Kerber.
Garbine hasn’t played against Petra and showed re-emergence after her US Hard court swing saw her winning total of just 1 match. That happened on the heels of competing in the Wimbledon’s final, so adjusting to all the attention and quickly changed lifestyle may have needed some time. She won the big tournament in Beijing, a week after she competed in the Wuhan final.
Petra Kvitova put on a great year while fighting with mononucleosis right after the conclusion of the grass court season. She still was able to win in New Haven and a QF appearance in Flushng Meadows, but early losses in Wuhan and Beijing makes her look fragile coming here.
Angelique Kerber did enough with her final in Hong Kong to book her place, but she achieved an amazing feat winning 4 titles on different surfaces – Green Clay (Charleston), Red Clay (Stuttgart), Grass (Birmingham) and Hardcourt (Stanford). She always seems to get involved in some long exhausting matches, but high quality as well, so keep an eye on her to offer more of the same.
Lucie Safarova’s place here was in big danger, but Carla Suarez Navarro failed to reach the Moscow Final, in the last week of competitive tennis on the tour for the year, to overtake her. The Czech was fighting infectious disease and even had to stay some time in a hospital last month. She returned to action in Linz and Moscow, but lost in first round in both competitions. If we add the US Open to the mix, she hasn’t won a match since New Haven in August.
Simona Halep (Romania)
Maria Sharapova (Russia)
Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland)
Flavia Pennetta (Italy)
Garbine Muguruza (Spain)
Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic)
Angelique Kerber (Germany)
Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic)
Unfortunately, everything tennis wise is cancelled to at least 13th of July. Let's hope this corona virus goes away as soon as possible and this is the last date the tour is pushed back to. Stay safe people!
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