As the season winds down slowly but surely let’s take look what happened this one and what’s up in store for the next
Novak Djokovic secured yet another Beijing title, his 6-th one, and although he mistakenly said Shanghai not Beijing in his speech after the final, fans still laughed and applauded. Novak now boosts a remarkable 29 wins in a row in the event and the 6-2 6-2 win over Rafael Nadal in the final is the biggest and one-sided in their rivalry.
Stan Wawrinka captured the title in Tokyo, defeating surprising finalist Benoit Paire. Benoit crushed the local hopes after he defeated Kei Nishikori in the Semis, but had nothing to do against the Swiss No.2. This is Stan’s 4-th title this year after triumphing in Chennai, Rotterdam and Rolland Garros.
Garbine Muguruza is the new No.4 from Monday, with her maiden title won in Beijing. She is just a point away from Maria Sharapova’s 3rd ranking, but won’t probably participate in any other tournaments before Singapore due to a left ankle injury.
The top 16 players in the world rankings form the seeds here as well as there’s not even 1 exception. Last year Roger Federer was on the side of Novak Djokovic in the top half of the draw and after the Swiss scored a clean sets victory over him he went on to beat Gilles Simon in the final to capture the title.
Now as No.1 and 2 they are on opposing halves with Novak having to possibly deal again with David Ferrer (they played in Beijing) and Andy Murray after, while Roger could face Kei Nishikori with the winner of Rafael Nadal/Stan Wawrinka as a SF opponent after.
Although only 4 players are officially qualified for London, the other 4 are almost certain as well with 8-th David Ferrer having more than a 1000 points lead on the 9-th Richard Gasquet. But surely Richard, John Isner or Kevin Anderson can boost up their chances if they make a splash and make it far the way Gilles Simon got through to the final last year here in Shanghai.
Pretty balanced draw and great matches will happen early, so we’re definitely up for a treat.
Lucie Safarova returns to action after she was out couple of weeks with a virus infection and had to even spend some time in hospital as well. The Czech is the top seed and comes here with a WC, as Andrea Petkovic, who is the 4-th seed and the highest potential seed Lucie could face before the final.
Defending Champion Karolina Pliskova decided to not come here and preferred Tianjin instead, as she has to defend this title plus final in Hong Kong from last year. Both those tournaments fall into same week so it’s quite unfortunate for her .The other two players that complete the top 20 list for the event are Roberta Vinci and Caroline Wozniacki.
Flavia Pennetta, who is playing one of her last tournaments of her career, is the top seed of the event with A.Radwanska, Ka.Pliskova and Elina Svitolina wrapping up the top 20 participants here. Defending Champion Alison Riske is the 7-th seed as she returns to try match her last year’s showing.
Garbine Muguruza was supposed to be the top seed of the event, but she withdrew and with this move the whole draw was reshuffled with Venus Williams now standing on top of it with Angelique Kerber being the 2nd seed.
Last year’s winner Sabine Lisicki is not here, as knee injury put early an end to her 2015 season.
Road to Singapore
With Serena Williams skipping the event and Maria Sharapova in doubt, many places are still up for grabs. Also rumours are going around that Singapore may give out a WC under special circumstances and the event to be 7 entries + 1 WC, but nothing is quite sure for now. Full Road to Singapore rankings could be found in the link – http://bit.ly/1L6jUR4
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