The best players in 2015 will fight for Singapore glory this week. Join us while we present a detailed analysis of each player and the highest value tennis picks for the round-robin stage.
The BNP Paribas WTA Finals takes place in Singapore and will be played on Indoor Hard Court
Simona Halep – There were some doubts if Halep would play this event due to an ankle injury. The Romanian had a very long US Open series and wasn’t able to keep the level in the Asian tournaments with several early losses. Simona was last year runner up but there are some concerns regarding her physical condition.
Maria Sharapova – Last month’s haven’t been easy for Sharapova, after missing all US Open Series due to a leg injury the Russian had to retire in her first match since Wimbledon, in Wuhan, due to a forearm injury. Despite saying that she feels healthy, Maria admits that hasn’t played much.
Agnieszka Radwanska – Radwanska reaches this event after a great Asian swing with a 14 – 2 record and two titles in the bag. Agnieszka has been playing great tennis and the Indoor conditions suit her tricky game style. This is Radwanska’s 7th appearance in WTA Finals with her best results in 2012 and 2014 when she was semifinalist.
Flavia Pennetta – This will be Flavia’s last career tournament, the US Open champion announced her retirement after winning that final and her biggest goal for the rest of the season (and career) was to qualify for this event. Despite the less achieved performances before this event, Pennetta’s only motivation was to qualify for Singapore. This week the Italian should raise her level and can be a very dangerous opponent.
The best tennis pick for the Red Group is clearly on Pennetta to reach semifinals. The Italian is extremely determined to finish her career with a good result and with the proper motivation she can play at an outstanding level. Halep and Sharapova have struggled with physical problems and Flavia even has a positive career h2h against the two players: 4 – 1 vs Halep; 3 – 2 vs Sharapova. Radwanska is also in great shape but Flavia has game to beat her and even if she loses that match, might be enough to qualify for semifinals. We advise to add Pennetta to reach next stage at 9.00 on bet365 as the top tennis pick for Red Group.
Garbine Muguruza – It has been a terrific year for Muguruza, besides reaching her first Grand Slam final the Spaniard qualified for WTA Finals for the first time in her career. Garbine arrives to Singapore after two great tournaments at Wuhan and Beijing. Muguruza will be looking to extend her good results and the fast Indoor conditions suit her powerful tennis.
Petra Kvitova – The 2011 WTA Finals champion is always a dangerous player on this event. Petra loves the game conditions with an outstanding 75.61% career winning record on Indoor Hard Court. Kvitova has a very good edge over her opponents on this group: 7 – 0 vs Safarova; 4 – 2 vs Kerber; 0 – 0 vs Muguruza. Despite the less achieved performances in Asian swing, the Czech can make huge damage on these courts and can never be underestimated.
Angelique Kerber – Kerber will be looking for better luck in her third appearance on this event. The German has only been able to win one match on this competition, against Radwanska in 2013. Angelique is a tremendous competitor with a very solid baseline game and great defensive skills; however, that game style doesn’t create much problems to the top players.
Lucie Safarova – This will be Safarova’s first appearance on this event however, it seems very unlikely that she wins a single game. Lucie reaches this event after 4 straight losses and just seems completely out of confidence. Since French Open where the Czech reached the final, her results have been quite awful with a 9 – 8 record.
On this group there should be only three players fighting for a place in next stage because Safarova has been absolutely terrible. Kerber is always a very tough player to face however, Muguruza and Kvitova can make huge damage on the German with their powerful groundstrokes. For this White Group we suggest to take the tennis odds on Muguruza at 2.50 and Kvitova at 3.25, both on bet365 to reach the next stage.
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