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Garbiñe Muguruza became the fourth singles player to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore for 2015 the WTA officially announced on her 22nd birthday – 8 October. Muguruza sealed her place by defeating Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 1-6, 6-2, 6-1 to progress to the quarter finals at China Open in Beijing guaranteeing a minimum of 215 WTA points from this event.
The 1.82m Muguruza will be making her WTA Finals debut in singles after last year being a debutant in the WTA Finals doubles with partner Carla Suárez Navarro and they are still in contention to qualify again this year. Muguruza is the first Spaniard to qualify since 2001 and this Monday achieved her career-high ranking of No.5.
The right-handed Muguruza was the runner-up in two tournaments so far this year: Wimbledon and the Wuhan Open in China last week posting a 35 wins to 18 losses record in 2015 to date. The WTA Rising Star has won both matches this year against current World No.2 Simona Halep so will make a serious challenge for the title in Singapore.
The WTA Rising Star first became a ranked WTA player in 2009 with her year-end ranking that year (at 16 years of age) No.687. Her subsequent year-end rankings were No.432 in 2010, No.249 in 2011, No.104 in 2012, No.64 in 2013 and No.21 in 2014.
Spain’s No.1 player confirmed her star potential by defeating Serena Williams 6-2 6-2 at 2014 Roland Garros and going on to make her first Grand Slam quarter final before losing to eventual champion Maria Sharapova. This year at Roland Garros Muguruza made the quarter finals again before Lucie Safarova ended her run.
Muguruza upon qualifying said, “I’m very excited to have qualified for Singapore. This has been an exciting year for me. I have worked very hard this last month and I am really happy how it has paid off. Qualifying to Singapore is a great reward.”
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Maria Sharapova became the third singles player to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore for 2015 the WTA officially announced on September 10. The 5-time Grand Slam champion qualified for the inaugural Singapore WTA Finals in 2014 and will be playing her eighth WTA Finals (2004-2007, 2011, 2012 and 2014).
The 28-year-old Sharapova has won two titles this year: the Brisbane International and the Italian Open in Rome for a career singles title tally of 35. The Russian was the 2015 Australian Open runner-up, a Wimbledon semifinalist and made the semis at the Madrid and Acapulco Opens recording a 34 wins to 7 loss record thus far in 2015.
The 1.88m Sharapova holds a 17-10 win loss record at the WTA Finals with one WTA Finals title to her credit (2004 d. Serena Williams) and has twice been the runner-up (2007 and 2012). The right-hander’s most recent Grand Slam single title was against current World No.2 Simona Halep at Roland Garros in 2014.
Sharapova has a lot to play for in the coming month with the WTA Finals and the Fed Cup Finals for Russia. Upon qualifying for Singapore the former World No.1 said, “I have had great success at the WTA Finals in the past and I can’t wait to get back to Singapore and compete. The fans are incredible and I am looking forward to their support.”
Make sure you quickly buy your WTA Finals in Singapore tennis tickets to see Sharapova as it is suggested that three of the four days that were sold out at last year’s tournament were on the three days that Maria played!
It is reported that Serena Williams today announced that she has withdrawn from her last two tournament commitments for this year: the WTA Finals in Singapore and the China Open, the latter first revealing it on Twitter. The WTA has not confirmed that Serena has withdrawn.
Make sure you buy your WTA Finals in Singapore tennis tickets to see the stars of the women’s tennis where it is now even more likely that at least two of these young future Grand Slam champions will qualify: Garbine Muguruza, Belinda Bencic, Karolina Pliskova and Madison Keys.
The 34-year-old Serena has not played since 9/11 when she suffered the huge upset defeat in the semifinals of the US Open to Roberta Vinci who was ranked No.43 at the time.
The World No.1 was intensely disappointed that her first opportunity in her career to win the calendar Grand Slam ended how, when and where it did and I am sure still is emotionally drained from the whole process.
Serena’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou hinted on ESPN earlier this week that she may withdraw from the remaining tournaments of the season.
The 1.75m Serena said in her statement, “I love this game more than ever, ” which means we can look forward to seeing the 21-time Grand Slam champion in Singapore next year. In addition, to see the 5-time WTA Finals champion in Singapore this year for the 2015 WTA Champion presentation ceremony where the year-end No.1 is awarded the WTA No.1 trophy.
Serena becomes the fourth player since computer rankings began in 1975 to finish as the year-end No.1 five times (also in 2002, 2009, 2013 and 2014). Steffi Graf holds the record of most year-end No.1 achievements with eight, Martina Navratilova seven and Chris Evert five.
In Serena’s statement she explained that, “I am a fierce competitor and I want to compete as well as I can, for as long as I can. So I am taking a proactive step and withdrawing from tournaments in Beijing and Singapore to properly address my health and take the time to heal.”
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Simona Halep became the second singles player to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore for 2015 after defeating Katernya Bondarenko in the 2nd round of the 2015 US Open the WTA officially announced on September 3.
The 24-year-old Halep has won three titles this year: the Shenzen Open, Dubai Open and her first Premier Mandatory title at Indian Wells. The 1.68m Halep was twice a runner-up in 2015 at the Canadian Open in Toronto and the Cincinnati Open plus a semifinalist at the US Open, the Italian Open and Miami Open.
In Halep’s first WTA Finals in 2014 the Romanian won the Red Group with a 2-1 record, including handing Serena Williams her biggest defeat in many years 6-0, 6-2 before ending up at the finalist in the inaugural Singapore event.
Upon qualifying Halep said, “I am so happy to have qualified for the WTA Finals in Singapore again, as it has been one of my goals for this year. Last year at the WTA Finals I had a great result, reaching the final and beating Serena in the group stage, and I will try my best to do even better this year.”
The former junior World No.1 has posted her best win-loss record for a season this year currently 47-13 and has now made the semis or better at the US Open, Wimbledon and Roland Garros. Halep won the 2008 Roland Garros juniors at 16 years old and last year Roland Garros was her first Grand Slam final battling Maria Sharapova into the deciding set.
Make sure you buy your WTA Finals in Singapore tennis tickets to see Halep buoyed by her best US Open result the right-hander poised for more great results on hard courts, maybe a WTA Finals and/or Australian Open crown.
Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina became the fourth team to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore, the WTA announced on 15 September. Vesnina and Makarova team have now qualified for the WTA Finals for a third straight year making them by far the most experienced doubles team competing in Singapore.
The 29-year-old Vesnina and 27-year-old Makarova also made the semi finals at the Qatar Open, Doha, Roland Garros and the Eastbourne International this year.
The right-handed Vesnina and left-handed Makarova are the most successful all-Russian women’s doubles in tennis history with their two Grand Slam titles: Roland Garros in 2013 and the US Open in 2014. The pair who became a permanent doubles team at the Madrid Open in 2012 were the runners-up at the 2014 Australian Open and won through to the WTA Finals championship match in 2013.
Vesnina has also been a women’s doubles Grand Slam finalist three other times and with three other partners: Roland Garros 2011 with Mirza, Wimbledon 2010 with Vera Zvonareva and Roland Garros 2009 with Victoria Azarenka.
Makarova shared some extremely valuable insight or advice on what perfect tennis is, “Tennis is chess on court. That’s why the one who is more cunning, who approaches the process more correctly in the strategic point of view is the one who wins in the end.”
Makarova is emphasising that critical aspect of highly evolved strategy and tactics and when that comes to doubles it is even more critical, seeing that doubles has four moving parts versus just the two in singles.
The WTA announced on 15 September that the third team to officially qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore is Yaroslava Shvedova and Casey Dellacqua who only teamed in May at the 2015 Madrid Open winning their debut tournament title. Dellacqua (Australia) and Shvedova (Kazakhstan) were the runner-up at two of the three Grand Slams they have contested thus far, Roland Garros and at the US Open as well as finalists at the Cincinnati Open.
The 28-year-old Shvedova will be playing her third WTA Finals after playing the year-end Championships in 2010 and 2011 with Vania King. The 1.8m Shvedova has won two women’s doubles Grand Slams: back-to-back Wimbledon and US Open crowns in 2010. The 30-year-old Dellacqua will be making her WTA Finals debut and has now been the runner-up in 6 Grand Slam doubles finals, an accomplishment she is very proud of.
The 1.65m Dellacqua shared some extremely valuable insight or advice about her doubles success with Shvedova that we can all apply when on court, “It’s about going out there, doing what we do well, and someone’s got to win, someone’s got to lose.”
The left-handed Dellacqua is emphasising that you should try to play to your strengths and focus on executing in each match instead of worrying about the outcome. If you’re level of tennis is better than your opponent’s you’ll win and if not you’ll lose, but either way you should stick to your plan, play your game and to your strengths.