Little time is left until the WTA Finals and everyone is excited to see what is going to happen this year. 2015 marks the 45th edition for singles and the 40th edition for doubles in this tournament of champions. Being exclusively for the top ranked players in both categories, the Singapore tournament always gave fans the feeling like they were watching the “Clash of the titans” movie. With the moment of what can be described as one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments, it’s time to take a closer look at how things are evolving.
This year’s singles edition is likely to have an unpredictable outcome given to the fact that Serena Williams stepped back giving the other players a reason to breathe easy. She was crowned champion in the last three editions, last year defeating the first-time participant Simona Halep. Scores haven’t been settled yet in this category though. Only three of the eight spots have been filled leaving the other five spots still opened for debate. The three known participants are Simona Halep, Maria Sharapova and Garbine Muguruza. For the young Spanish player this is her first appearance in the singles tournament. Let’s hope she does as well as Halep did last year, maybe even better. Maria Sharapova is the only one of the three players that has actually won here. Back in 2004, the ambitious Russian player held the Billie Jean King trophy above her head and hopes to do so again this year. She might not be in her best shape, but her experience certainly makes her a betting house favorite. Halep provided Williams with the most clear defeat of the last decade in the groups stage last year but she unfortunately failed to win in the final; this year things are looking up for her though giving the fact that the world number one isn’t making her appearance. In terms of live rankings, for the moment the other five places are filled by Petra Kvitova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Angelique Kerber, Lucie Safarova and Flavia Pennetta, although there is enough time for a couple of changes in rankings. The players that rank between 2-9 qualify this year after the announcement that Williams won’t participate. From the mentioned players that could fill the remaining spots, Radwanska is the closest to securing it. She won against Kerber and reached the semifinals of the China Open. The player needs two more wins and her spot will be guaranteed for a fifth appearance in a row amongst the finest tennis players of the world. Undoubtedly the 2015 WTA Singles Final will have ferocious fighters and a surprising outcome, none of the players that might participate winning the trophy in a long time or ever for that matter.
In the doubles section of the WTA Final things are a bit clearer, the first six participants already securing their spots. This year we are sure to see Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza, Betthanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova, Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic, Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova, Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shedova, and finally Katarina Srebotnik alongside Caroline Garcia. All tennis fans know that when it comes to doubles teams, things can change from year to year; some couples break up, like in the case of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, and some don’t have enough stability to stay high-ranked. The six known teams consist of only one team that made an appearance last year in the same format – Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina. While some players fought last year too, they didn’t do it with the same partners. Sania Mirza and Katarina Srebotnik had different partners in their last participation here, this year going on this bumpy road with other players. The favorites are clearly Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza; that doesn’t mean the others don’t have any chances. All teams are close in value and this promises to give spectators a reason to watch and enjoy tennis at its best quality.