Preview: WTA Finals a Steal for Youngsters with Serena, Maria, Stars Sidelined

by Jeremy Davis | October 22nd, 2017, 12:06 am

No Serena Williams. No Maria Sharapova.
The result?

Seven players who, by the end of the tournament, could be world No. 1 this week at the WTA Finals.

The No. 1 spot on the WTA rankings has been juggled between a number of players this year between Serena’s absence due to pregnancy and Maria’s absence due to all kinds of subterfuge that resulted in her getting busted for doping.

Next year will likely return to dominance by Serena, Maria or both. But this week we’re stuck with the also-rans vying for both a coveted year-end championship and a year-end No. 1 ranking. It’s being spun as the next generation taking over, but due to pregnancy, doping and injuries, it’s some youngsters getting a shot because the best players are sidelined.

World No. 1 Simona Halep leads the Red Group in Singapore which also contains debutante Elina Svitolina, former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and debutante Caroline Garcia.

Garbine Muguruza heads the White Group, which also contains this year’s former No. 1 Karolina Pliskova, former No. 1 Venus Williams and debutante Jelena Ostapenko.

On Sunday the tournament will kick off with Pliskova vs. Williams, followed by Muguruza vs. Ostapenko.

None of the last three champions — Dominika Cibulkova (2016), Aggie Radwanska (2015), or Serena Williams (2014) — are in attendance. Enjoy.

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12 Comments for Preview: WTA Finals a Steal for Youngsters with Serena, Maria, Stars Sidelined

t4t Says:

I am really curious about Sloane. Has she really improved that much or did she win a slam because the top players were absent?

Tennis Magic Says:

The court in Singapore is playing too slow and is suited for the grinders …

jean kirshenbaum Says:

Stuck??? Also fans? Halep and woz and Venus? Do you follow womens tennis ever?

AndyMira Says:

To Jelena Ostapenko fans….A very good article for u guys to read…

leo Says:

is this on tv? not on espn or tennis channel.

WTA is working wonders on all fronts. Players don’t care, administrators don’t care.

AndyMira Says:

@Leo….U can watch the match from youtube…HD nonetheless…

Margot Says:

Exactly Jean, skuct what the fkcu?
Hoping for a sentence about the WTF that reads something like, “Next year will likely return to dominance of Nole, Andy, Kei and Tomas but this year we’re stuck with the also rans…. etc etc .”
Yes, just see how outrageously that reads boys and girls.

leo Says:

@AndyMira – ah thank you. Didn’t find the info on the WTA website. Maybe I’ll check it out.

AndyMira Says:

@leo….Oh you’re very much welcome!…yesterday,i want to post the link here but thought “Oh!maybe everyone already can watch it somewhere”!….And i should just post it!Urgh!!..Silly me!!…That’s okay leo…i will post it today as soon as the match start okay?Insyaallah!

AndyMira Says:

To leo & other WTA lover’s who want to watch Venus vs Jelena LIVE…this is the link guys!…The match will start in 2 Hrs..Enjoy!!

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