The WTA Finals in Singapore is the focus for this week but there is a new tournament coming next week, the Huajin Securities WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai. This replaces the Tournament of Champions event that had run between 2009 and 2014 in Bali and Sofia. The full line-up for Zhuhai was announced today by the WTA and it’s an awesome line-up of players… Venus Williams, Carla Suárez Navarro, Karolina Pliskova, Roberta Vinci, Caroline Wozniacki, Sara Errani, Madison Keys, Elina Svitolina, Jelena Jankovic, Andrea Petkovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Saisai Zheng (WC) are the confirmed names.
I really don’t know how to feel about this Zhuhai tournament. Compared to Sofia, I like that it’s the next batch of players following the top eight and you can’t argue with this line-up. The tournament will consist of a four-group round-robin format with the four winners progressing to the semi-finals (see full WTA article HERE). Pictures of the venue can be found HERE. Personally, it just seems odd and anticlimactic to have this event after Singapore as it feels like a perfect warm-up to the WTA Finals. It’s going to be a pain to follow as all the Asian tournaments are for me but with this line-up, i’m sure i’ll end up watching some of the action and possibly blogging too!