Everyone wants to be there but only the top eight in women’s tennis have qualified. The season has been full of incredible moments, upsets, surprises and drama and expect much more of that in the final week of the season as the best in the world battle for one of the biggest prizes in tennis. Who are the eight players going to be doing battle in Singapore?
Simona made her debut last year in Singapore and had a good tournament finishing as runner up with wins against Serena, Bouchard and Radwanska before a 6-3 6-0 loss to the world number one. Simona has had a pretty good year she did have a bit of a slump around Roland Garros and Wimbledon but she has turned it around and has made the world number two spot her own with some good results and the absence of Sharapova on the tour since Wimbledon.
2004 was the first and last time Sharapova was victorious in the WTA Finals and it hasn’t happened for her since. This year it hasn’t happened for her either with injury problems and hasn’t won a match since defeating Coco Vandeweghe at Wimbledon and hasn’t completed a match since the Wimbledon semi-final against Serena Williams which she lost. Sharapova is a top player but I wouldn’t say she is a contender at all in Singapore.
This year did take a while to get going for Radwanska however she has picked it up these last few months. She is one of the best players on the tour and some of the shots she produces is just incredible, I wouldn’t be surprised if the WTA Finals Shots of Tournament isn’t all of hers! Radwanska is a favourite to win but I think will struggle against players who can attack her serve like Maria Sharapova, Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova.
With the absence of Serena Williams only one Grand Slam champion will be taking part in Singapore this year in Flavia Pennetta who of course won the US Open not too long ago. This will be Flavia’s last ever tournament on the tour and there would be no better way to go out than with a Grand Slam and potentially winning the WTA Finals in Singapore!
I literally cannot fault Angelique Kerber this year. I love watching her play and her level right now is one of the most consistent on the tour. I honestly believe she could win this title, she has the fight and determination to do so and could be one to watch. I think Kerber has the capabilities as well to potentially win a Grand Slam in the future but sometimes lacks that cutting edge to kill off matches.
Right now I would have to say Garbine is probably the favourite to win it which shows how much she has improved this year. She had a bit of a blip after Wimbledon but has found form at the right time and won her first title of the year recently in Beijing which is a Premier Event. Garbine looks confident and in control on the court and right now I see her beating anyone on her day.
2015 has been a bit of an up and down year for Petra Kvitova. She’s one of few players to defeat Serena Williams and has played some great tennis however she has been suffering with Mononucleosis throughout the majority of the year and I hope she is healthy and fit enough to compete well in Singapore as a former WTA Finals champion and who knows could end up lifting the trophy again!
Lucie obviously made the headlines in Roland Garros making the finals however since Wimbledon she has struggled with illness and injuries and doesn’t go into Singapore with a lot of match practice under her belt. She has the ability to beat anyone on her day!