After Manic Monday in Singapore produced two dramatic three set matches, Tuesday was at the opposite end of the spectrum with two relatively swift straight setters. Tuesday was all about the red group and Angelique Kerber looks in a very promising position to qualify for the semi-finals of the WTA Finals for the first time in her career after beating Simona Halep, 6-4 6-2 in one hour and 22 minutes.
Kerber-Halep matches have been fun this year but not so much on this slow Singapore court. The first set was close with Kerber getting the early break but Halep played a superb game to break back to 3-3. The big point of the match came with Kerber down break point at *3-4 *30-40… as has so often been in the case in 2016, Kerber backed herself with a classic forehand down-the-line.
Kerber never looked back from that game as she rather strolled past an increasingly erratic, Halep. It was a nice day all round for Kerber who received her trophy for finishing 2016 as the world number one,
Here’s what Angie had to say after the match.
In the second match of the day, Madison Keys produced a significantly improved performance from her first match in Singapore to win her fourth consecutive match against Dominika Cibulkova, 6-1 6-4. Keys played a near-perfect first set, which was an absolute feast of fantastic forehands. The stats for the whole match are very impressive from Keys…
This was the shot of the match from Keys.
It was a tough day for Cibulkova who was outplayed and outpowered by an in-form Keys. There was a funny moment though at the start of the match where she forgot her ballkid! She talked about it in her press conference.
Madison’s been spending money in Singapore…
It’s that time of the year again… Round Robin scenarios! There’s only one possible scenario where Kerber doesn’t qualify and only one where Cibulkova does.
The doubles draw was conducted on Tuesday and this year it will be a knock-out format… i’m really disappointed by this decision by the WTA to can the round robin format that was used last year in Singapore.
Here’s the draw with matches starting on Thursday.
Wednesday will see the second set of matches from the white group. Previews of both matches, Karolina Pliskova v Svetlana Kuznetsova and Agnieszka Radwanska v Garbiñe Muguruza, are up on the blog at the link below.
It sounds like Simona may changing up her pre-season plans this year…
Some news away from Singapore… Auckland’s line-up for the first week of the 2017 season is looking superb!
And finally, the line-up for the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai starting next week has been confirmed and will include the following players…
Johanna Konta (10)
Carla Suárez Navarro (11)
Petra Kvitova (13)
Elina Svitolina (14)
Roberta Vinci (17)
Timea Bacsinszky (18)
Elena Vesnina (19)
Sam Stosur (20)
Barbora Strycova (21)
Kiki Bertens (22)
Caroline Garcia (23)
Zhang Shuai (28 WC)