Swiatek, Jabeur, Gauff Lead WTA Finals In Fort Worth; Opening Day Monday

by Staff | October 30th, 2022, 9:37 pm
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The 2022 WTA seasons comes to a close this week in of all places Fort Worth, Texas. With China still off limits due to COVID, the WTA relocated its year-end event in Texas and once again the Top 8 in the world will be showcased.

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek leads the way as the overwhelming favorite in a field with zero former champions. So someone will walk away in a week with a first WTA finals title!

Half the field will be making their debut at this event and that includes both American entrants Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff along with Ons Jabeur and Daria Kasatkina.

None of the eight have even made the finals before. And we will have an eighth different winner in the last eight events of the year-end finals.

“I feel like even the first time players, they were pretty consistent the last few years,” Jabeur said. “You can take Jess, Coco, me. We always try to qualify. We were maybe 13, 12 in the Race before.

“Nobody saw the changes coming because of COVID and the ranking, so I feel like the change happened way before. But since the rankings stopped for a while, people didn’t see it.

“Those players are here. They were the players consistent for a few years already.”

Added Sabalenka, “I feel super happy to be here, especially after such a challenging year. I feel like it’s a miracle for me to be here, and I’m just enjoying every second.

“Being in the Top 10 even with such a tough year, this is something incredible,” Sabalenka said. “I’m really proud of myself, how I handled all of these challenges. I’m proud of my team that they were there and they just support me.”

2022 marks the 51st staging of the event (which began in 1972). Prior to Fort Worth, the event was staged in Guadalajara in 2021, Shenzhen in 2019 and Singapore from 2014-2018. Fort Worth is the 12th different city to host the year-end event.

1 Iga Swiatek
2 Ons Jabeur
3 Jessica Pegula
4 Coco Gauff
5 Maria Sakkari
6 Caroline Garcia
7 Aryna Sabalenka
8 Daria Kasatkina

Tracy Austin Group

Nancy Richey Group
Alternates: Veronika Kudermetova and Madison Keys

Tomorrow, the Nancy Richey group opens play with Pegula-Sakkari followed by Jabeur-Sabalenka.

“It definitely is going to be tough match, and she’s really playing well this season,” Sabalenka said of facing Jabeur. “But, you know, I worked a lot on my slice game so probably I can surprise her. She will be, like, ‘Oh, my God, she started slicing, I’m done for this match.’ This is my plan. If it works, it’s good. If not, I will try something else.”

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