2014 Singapore WTA Finals Women's Singles Tennis Results (Sports - WTA Tennis)    


  WTA Oct 21-26: WTA Finals

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WTA Finals qualifying standings
n1 Serena Williams
n2 Maria Sharapova
n3 Simona Halep
n4 Petra Kvitova
n6 Eugenie Bouchard
n7 Agnieszka Radwanska
n8 Ana Ivanovic
n9 Caroline Wozniacki

n10 Angelique Kerber
n12 Ekaterina Makarova
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#3 Simona Halep
5'6" 141lb RH 2H-BH

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 150lb RH 2H-BH

    On Sunday at Singapore, in the final of the WTA Finals, the 2014 champion at Flushing Meadows, Stanford, Rome, Miami & Brisbane, 33 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, defeated the 2014 champion at Doha & Bucharest (and French Open finalist), 23 year old 3rd seeded #3 (career high: #2) Simona Halep from Constanta, Romania, 6-3, 6-0 (Simona is shown during the match; Serena is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Serena's prize is $2,047,000; Simona's prize is $971,000.

    Serena said: "[Simona] was playing so well in the first set, like she did the last time we played. I was literally on the side of the court and I laughed. But then I just told myself I had nothing to lose. I knew I just had to relax and start playing better if I wanted to win. And I really wanted to win." WTA story

    Simona said: "Congratulations to you, Serena, you are the best. Congratulations for ending the year No.1 again, too."

    Serena now leads Simona 4-1 in career matches. Their most recent meeting was just four days ago on the same Deco-Turf-over-wood indoor hardcourt in the round robin at Singapore, when Simona demolished Serena 6-0, 6-2.

    2014, 2013, 2012, 2009, & 2001 WTA Championships titleist Serena is now 64-17 in WTA singles finals. Her 2014 singles match record is 52-8.

    Simona is now 8-6 in WTA singles finals. She has a 46-16 singles match record this year.

2014 WTA Finals
Singles Round Robin Standings:

name in bold = clinched place in semifinals
Red Groupmatches
#3 Simona Halep2-15-2
#1 Serena Williams2-14-2
#8 Ana Ivanovic2-14-3
#7 Eugenie Bouchard0-30-6

White Groupmatches
#9 Caroline Wozniacki3-06-1
#6 Agnieszka Radwanska1-23-4
#2 Maria Sharapova1-23-5
#4 Petra Kvitova1-22-4
        1st Alternate: #10 Angelique Kerber
        2nd Alternate: #12 Ekaterina Makarova

  The WTA Finals System:

    Eight top players are selected for singles play in the WTA Finals, based on all the ranking points they have earned during the current WTA Tour season (this differs slightly from the WTA Rankings, which only include a maximum of 17 tourneys in the point totals).

    2 groups, White and Red (the colors used for names have changed four times in recent years), play in a round-robin format (12 matches), with two winners from each group becoming semifinalists who play off on Saturday. In the semis, the player who finishes first in each group will play the second place finisher from the other group.
    If players win the same number of matches, the winner of their head-to-head match in the round robin is placed higher in the standings. 3-way ties will be resolved first by the percentage of sets won, then by the percentage of games won.

    Players who qualify for the WTA Finals (in singles) all will receive at least $140,000; the champion receives $1,621,000, plus another $283,000 to $569,000, depending upon how many matches they won in the round robin.
    8 doubles teams (raised from 4 teams prior to 2014) also play.

    2014 WTA Championships changes: "...It will expand into a 10-day sports entertainment event of competiton, exhibitions and activities for fans around the world. There will be seven days of competition this year as opposed to six [eight days beginning in 2015], the doubles will be expanded to eight teams, and there will be a WTA Rising Stars Exhibition and WTA Legends Exhibition during the opening Fan Festival weekend." WTA story

The Wimbledon Centre Court scoreboard at match point during the 1977 ladies singles semifinal as Virginia Wade defeated Chris Evert, and advanced to defeat Betty Stove in the final, becoming the last British woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon-- a portion of a photo from Virginia's book Courting Triumph, click for book excerpts
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ranks are for the current week

WTA Finals,  Singapore

tourney time:
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   = US ET +12hrs
   = US PT +15hrs

Singapore News

    WTA Finals: Eight players qualify for the WTA Championships: those who have amassed the most ranking points in the calendar year 2008. They play a 12-match round robin in 2 groups, and the top two players in each group advance to the semifinals.

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2014: On Saturday, October 18, in Singapore, the field of eight were all present for theWTA Finals draw ceremony:
Caroline Wozniacki, Agnieszka Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic, Eugenie Bouchard, and Simona Halep...
Singapore WTA Finals round robin, Mon 730pm
n1 Serena Williams USA d n8 Ana Ivanovic SRB 6-4, 6-4

Ana following a forehand volley, and Serena driving a backhand

    Serena said: "Ana is a very aggressive returner, and I went really hard at my second serve. Didn't push them. Playing against her she'll hit winners, so I had to go for a lot." SI story

    Ana said "She served really well today, I thought, and created more pressure on my service game. I didn't feel my rhythm, so I was trying to make more first serves. In the second set I did that, but against Serena sometimes that's not good enough, and it wasn't good enough today."

n3 Simona Halep ROU d n6 Eugenie Bouchard CAN 6-2, 6-3

Genie volleying a backhand, and Simona driving one

    Simona said: "I think today I had complete game, and just want to hit the balls very hard, to open the angles, and to play with good length. So I did. I served very well today. I'm really happy with my game."

Singapore WTA Finals round robin, Tue 730pm
*n9 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n2 Maria Sharapova RUS 7-6(4), 6(5)-7, 6-2

Maria (15 double faults) serving, Caroline driving a backhand, and after match point

    The match lasted three hours and thirteen minutes. Still on court, Caroline said "I'm feeling a little tired! But it was a great match. The first one is always tough, getting your rhythm and getting used to everything out there, but in the third set I felt like I really stepped it up and really started being aggressive and going for my shots more." WTA story

    In a postmatch interview, Maria said: "I felt like I had my opportunities in the 1st set... in the 3rd set I made a little too many errors, more than [Caroline] did. She was the consistent player out there."

*n7 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n4 Petra Kvitova CZE 6-2, 6-3

Petra and Aga driving backhands

    Agnieszka said: "I'm really happy with that win. There's only eight of us here, so you have to go out and try your best, otherwise you're not going to win. And I'm very happy with the way I played tonight."

Singapore WTA Finals round robin, Wed 4pm & 730pm
*n3 Simona Halep ROU d n1 Serena Williams USA 6-0, 6-2

Simona and Serena driving forehands, and Simona after match point

    Simona had been 0-8 against players ranked in the top 3. Simona said: "It's the biggest match in my life, so I can't put into words how I feel right now. I feel very happy! I just want to enjoy it... I don't think it was [Serena's] best day today, but I played really well, I was very aggressive and took the ball early, moved up the court very well, served very well. I've found my best tennis again." WTA story

    Serena said: "I played the tournament when it was an elimination. This format is fun because you can lose and keep winning. But I'm in a situation where I'm going to have to win my matches because I didn't win many games today at all."

*n8 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n6 Eugenie Bouchard CAN 6-1, 6-3

Genie serving, Ana dispatching a backhand, and after match point

    Ana said: "I'd lost to [Genie] twice before, so today I tried to be aggressive and step in. I did this well and I'm really pleased with how I played." WTA story

Singapore WTA Finals round robin, Thu 130pm & 730pm
n1 Serena Williams USA d n6 Eugenie Bouchard CAN 6-1, 6-1

Serena driving a forehand, and Genie following one

    Serena had been trounced by Simona Halep on Wednesday, 6-0, 6-2. Serena said: "Yesterday was tough for me but I had to put that behind me. My coach really helped me do that and just focus on today, and focus on the fact that I'm still in the tournament." WTA story

*n4 Petra Kvitova CZE d n2 Maria Sharapova RUS 6-3, 6-2

Petra and Maria driving backhand and forehand

    Petra said: "After the first loss here, I didn't really feel well and I'm just glad to win my second match and still have a chance of being in the semifinals." WTA story

*n9 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n7 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 7-5, 6-3

Aga and Caro driving forehands

    Aga led 3-0 in the 1st set. Caroline said: "I knew from the start this wasn't going to be an easy match, it was going to be a match with a lot of long rallies and some incredible shotmaking." WTA story

Singapore WTA Finals round robin, Fri 130pm & 730pm
n2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n7 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 7-5, 6(4)-7, 6-2

Aga driving a forehand, Maria running one down, and after match point

    Although she won the match, by losing the 2nd set Maria was eliminated from any chance of reaching the semifinals. Aga, due losing the match, could only reach the semis if her friend Caroline Wozniacki would defeat Petra Kvitiova in straight sets.

    Maria said: "I actually just wanted to go out on the court today and I wanted to get a victory. I treat every match as if I'm going to be out in the next match, because that's how we play on a weekly basis. We're not always playing in a round robin format." WTA story

*n8 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n3 Simona Halep ROU 7-6(7), 3-6, 6-3

Ana serving, Simona driving a forehand, and Ana after match point

    Simona had already clinched a place in the semifinals. By winning the 2nd set, Simona gave Serena Williams 2nd place in the Red Group with a higher % of sets won than Ana.

*n9 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n4 Petra Kvitova CZE 6-2, 6-3

Petra and Caroline driving backhand and forehand, and Caro after match point

    Caroline's win gave her a first place finish in the White Group, undefeated at 3-0. Petra's defeat gave Aga Radwanska 2nd place in the White Group, by virtue of having won a higher percentage of sets during the round robin than Petra or Maria.

    Caroline said: "I believe in myself and believe in my skills. I've been playing well, so I believed I could beat anyone here. I obviously also knew that if I wasn't playing up to my best, I could lose to all of them. But I'm really pleased about the way this week has gone so far." WTA story

    At Twitter, @CaroWozniacki revealed she expected to be rewarded by @ARadwanskaCaro tweeted: "I hope you have a high limit on your card, I have expensive taste!"

alternates prizes: $62,000
RR no wins prizes: $140,000 US; points: 210 - RR 1 win prizes: $283,000 US; points: 370
RR 2 wins prizes: $426,000 US; points: 530 - RR 3 wins prizes: $569,000 US; points: 690

Singapore WTA Finals, SFs, Sat 230pm & 6pm
loser's prize: RR prize + $37,000 US
n1 Serena Williams USA d n9 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(6)

Caro driving a backhand, Serena about to connect with one, and after match point

    Serena said: "I have to say Caroline played a great match. It was really difficult today. I felt really bad because she's so amazing and so nice, and she was the only player who hadn't lost in this tournament yet, so she really deserved to win." WTA story

    About the final Serena said: "I'm excited. My goal is to win three games. That'll be my first goal. I'm just going to go from there. Hopefully I can hold serve. That would be good. Most of all, I hope to break once. So I'm starting out with low goals. And then I'm going to go from there...
    "[Simona] just played really, really well in that match [in the round robin on Wednesday]. Even she said she played really well. I'm just going to do the best that I can do and we'll see what happens."

n3 Simona Halep ROU d n7 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-2, 6-2

Simona and Aga driving forehand and backhand, and Simona after match point

    Simona said: "I knew I had to finish hitting inside the baseline today. I knew I had to run a lot against her and I knew [Agnieszka] would run a lot too, so I wanted to play very fast and finish the points quickly. Even my serve helped me a lot today. I served very well. Everything just went very well for me today." WTA story

    Agnieszka said: "[Simona] was very solid from the beginning. She made no mistakes, everything was coming back, she was hitting the lines, everything was deep, and she was serving very well too."

    About reaching the final Simona said: "I didn't expect this result here, but I tried every day to do my hard work, to work very hard and to play my best tennis here this week, and I think I'm doing that. I'm very excited to be in the final."

Singapore WTA Finals, Final, Sun 7pm
loser's prize: RR prize + $545,000 US; points: RR points + 360
winner's prize: RR prize + $1,621,000 US; points: RR points + 810
n1 Serena Williams USA d n3 Simona Halep ROU 6-3, 6-0

Serena about to swat a forehand, Simona running one down, and Serena after match point

Singapore WTA Finals, Doubles QFs, Wed 130pm & 730pm
loser's prize: $75,000
*Alla Kudryavtseva & Anastasia Rodionova
    d s4 Elena Vesnina & Ekaterina Makarova 4-6, 6-2, (10-6)
s2 Su-Wei Hsieh & Shuai Peng d Garbine Muguruza & Carla Suarez Navarro 6-4, 6-1

Singapore WTA Finals, Doubles QFs, Thu 730pm
loser's prize: $75,000
s3 Cara Black & Sania Mirza d Raquel Kops-Jones & Abigail Spears 6-3, 2-6, (12-10)

Singapore WTA Finals, Doubles QFs, Fri 730pm
loser's prize: $75,000
*Kveta Peschke & Katarina Srebotnik d s1 Sara Errani & Roberta Vinci 2-1 retired

Singapore WTA Finals, Doubles SFs, Sat noon
loser's prize: $125,000
s2 Su-Wei Hsieh & Shuai Peng d Alla Kudryavtseva & Anastasia Rodionova 6-1, 6-4
s3 Cara Black & Sania Mirza
    d Kveta Peschke & Katarina Srebotnik 4-6, 7-5, (11-9)

Singapore WTA Finals, Doubles Final, Sun 4pm
loser's prize: $250,000
winner's prize: $500,000
*s3 Cara Black & Sania Mirza d s2 Su-Wei Hsieh & Shuai Peng 6-1, 6-0

    The WTA Rising Stars Exhibition field for 2014: Zarina Diyas and Zheng Saisai represented the Asia-Pacific group; Monica Puig and Shelby Rogers represented the Rest Of World group.

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