One of the downsides of round robin play in the awkward situation we have on Friday at the WTA Finals in Singapore. Simona Halep, who won her group and qualified for a spot in the semifinals on Saturday, holds Serena Williams’s fate in the tournament on her racquet.
Halep, who beat Serena along with Genie Bouchard, in 2-0 and on top of her Red Group. Serena, a 6-1, 6-1, winner today over Bouchard, is 2-1. Ivanovic is 1-1 and now plays Halep.
So under the convoluted qualification rules, if Halep loses to Ivanovic in straight sets it would be Ivanovic, not Serena, getting that second spot in the semifinals from the Red Group (Halep, Ivanovic and Serena all would be 2-1, but Serena loses out based on games won pct because of her lopsided loss to Halep).
Should Halep win even a set off Ivanovic, Serena advances.
If you are Halep, do you want Serena playing on the weekend or Ivanovic? Easy choice. I know there are points and prize money on the line, but if I’m Halep maybe I take it “easy” against Ivanovic. If I win, I win, but no need to push it because even though she crushed Serena the other day, you don’t want to play her again in the Sunday finals.
In the White Group, things are still very much in the air with all four players still alive. Maria Sharapova, who’s still mathematically alive in the No. 1 race, has to beat Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets to make the semifinals.
Radwanska gets in by winning in straights, but could be left out if she wins in three.
In the second White match, Caroline Wozniacki takes on Petra Kvitova. Wozniacki will have qualified if Sharapova wins a set against Radwanska. If Maria cannot, then Caroline gets a SF berth by winning a set against Kvitova.
A win by Kvitova puts the Czech through. However, if Radwanska wins in straights in the earlier match then Kvitova will also have to do the same to make the semifinals, other Wozniacki gets the nod over Petra.
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