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A Preview Of The WTA Finals

October 20, 2016

- Grant Whittington

The withdrawal of world number two Serena Williams from the WTA finals in Singapore which commence on Sunday has thrown the cat amongst the pigeons in what will be the 46th edition of the competition. The 22-major-winner and five-time WTA finals champion has failed to recover from a shoulder injury and will miss the event for the second straight year.

As a consequence, this vacancy will be determined by the outcome of the Kremlin Cup where players are currently negotiating their way through the opening rounds. The current world number nine Johanna Konta is not partaking in Russia because of an abdominal strain and she would be ousted from this position should Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro or two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova triumph in Moscow.

As we wait to see who will be lucky number eight, BetHut have provided an analysis of the seven confirmed entrants for this season’s WTA Finals and an insight into their form going into this eminent competition.

Angelique Kerber

Current Odds: 2/1

The stunning transformation of the 28-year-old German has been nothing short of sensational following a season which has seen her reach three Grand Slam finals – culminating with successes at the Australian Open and most recently in New York. Kerber is now guaranteed to finish the year as the world number one ranked player and will go into the Lion City as favourite, even though she is yet to win the most prestigious tournament outside of the four majors.

Agnieszka Radwanska

Current Odds: 11/2

The Pole is currently ranked third in the world and is renowned for her intelligent shot selection and structuring of points. Radwanska is the defending champion in South-East Asia and won the China Open earlier this month without dropping a set. She will look to carry this terrific form into Singapore where she is returning for the sixth consecutive year – the longest active streak on the WTA tour.

Simona Halep

Current Odds: 7/2

Halep reached the final in Singapore two years ago, only to be brutally swept aside by an all conquering Williams. The Romanian is an aggressive baseliner whose athleticism provides her with fluid all-court movement and the ability to counterpunch. Reached the French Open final in 2014 and has been shown strong, consistent form in recent months which included a strong semi-final showing at the Wuhan Open.

Karolina Pliskova

Current Odds: 10/1

The Czech star is currently sitting at her highest world ranking of five and enjoyed a memorable run at the US Open where she defeated both of the Williams sisters and then came agonisingly close to defeating Kerber in the final having been a break up in the final set. The 24-year-old has won tournaments in Nottingham and Cincinnati this season and will be making her first appearance in the season-ending finals.

Garbine Muguruza

Current Odds: 6/1

The explosive Spaniard is recognised for her clay-court proficiency and all-out attacking style. This high-risk approach can lead to unpredictable results and a profusion of unforced errors, but when firing on all cylinders, the French Open champion has the power to blow anyone off the court. Roland Garros aside, Muguruza has failed to reach the final at any other event this campaign.

Madison Keys

Current Odds: 8/1

The big-hitting American’s game is based around her potent serve which is often in excess of 100mph. Earlier this year she reached the biggest final of her career in Rome before picking up her second career title at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham. At just 21 years old, Keys will be the youngest participant competing in Singapore.

Dominika Cibulkova 

Current Odds: 14/1

Cibulkova lifted her third title of the season in Linz last Sunday and describes herself as possessing ample amounts of energy, Blessed with exceptional racquet-head speed, The Slovakian has made the quarter-finals or better at every Grand Slam and from the confirmed field, she is one of three (along with Pliskova and Keys) who will be making their inaugural bow at the event.

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