In the final match from Singapore, Serena Williams gained revenge for her loss to Simona Halep in the round robin stage with a thumping 6-3 6-0 victory. I had high hopes for this final, but it was a disappointing match that failed to live up to the expectation. It started with promise; Halep came out looking cool, calm and assured, and got the early break to lead *2-1. Serena looked on edge from the start, but she slowly began to settle as Simona made more and more unforced errors. Serena won the last eight games of the match to finish with stats of 26 winners to 25 unforced errors. It was a poor performance from Halep, who didn’t hit a winner in the second set. I’m not sure if it was the occasion that got to her or an in-form Serena, but she was unable to get close to the dazzling performance she produced in the semi-finals against Radwanska.
Thanks to everyone who voted in the poll, which set a new poll record on Moo’s Tennis Blog with over 450 votes. I’m still stunned that so many people went for Simona, even after her win over Serena in the week…
There was much discussion on social media about Halep’s decision not to “tank” the match against Ana Ivanovic, which would have seen her knock Serena out of the tournament. Personally, I think Halep made the professional choice and the RIGHT choice. Firstly, Serena was very close to losing to Wozniacki in the semi-finals and secondly, there was no guarantee that Halep would have beaten a Wozniacki or an Ivanovic in the final. I have gained so much respect for Simona this week and during the whole year. She is such a good person and I love watching her when she’s in form.
Serena ends the year as world number one. She has showed signs of vulnerability this year, but when she’s in the zone, she is the best player in the world. The inaugural WTA finals in Singapore has been a huge success. The crowds, the tennis, the drama. Overall, it’s been a fabulous year of tennis on the WTA tour and 2015 is going to be very exciting with so many relevant challengers at the top of the game.
This has been a really challenging week to keep the blog up-to-date. Thank you so much for all the comments and votes in the polls. I really appreciate all the support and was absolutely chuffed to break my record for daily hits on Friday in a non-Grand Slam week. I won’t be blogging Sofia next week, but will be following Paris. For me, Singapore feels like a natural conclusion to the WTA season. I could get on board with Sofia if it was the week before Singapore, but it just feels like a weird anticlimactic event.