When the world’s best eight tennis players gathered for the WTA’s showpiece Finals in Singapore, it was assumed that the cream of that crop – Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova – would still be alive and kicking when the business end of the tournament approached.
While that is still entirely possible, the losses the pair have suffered over the first few days of the group stage indicates that this is a far more open event than first imagined.
Sharapova lost her first White Group outing to Caroline Wozniacki, while Williams suffered her heaviest defeat since 1998 when going down 6-0, 6-2 to Simona Halep over in the Red Group.
Both look to get back on track on day seven:
The Dane can keep the confidence gained from her surprising win last time out rolling against an opponent she knows well.
Wozniacki has won five of the nine meetings with her Polish opponent, including their last encounter earlier this year.
Undefeated Radwanska has only managed to put back-to-back wins together once in her last 10 outings.
These two, who sat at the top-end of the outright betting before the tournament – head into their clash without a win in the group, with Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova losing in straight sets to Radwanska last time out.
In the last match before the start of the WTA Finals, Sharapova beat Kvitova over three sets to claim the China Open final. In being upset by Wozniacki the Russian endured a maximum-set match and the pair’s patchy form should see this one go the distance.
The humiliation Williams suffered at Halep’s hands won’t do a struggling Bouchard any favours in the Red Group.
Winless from her opening two matches in Singapore, the Canadian has now only won once in her last six appearances, while she’s yet to win more than three games in a set at the WTA Finals.
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