Sat, 18 October 2014
If you don’t find ‘year-end championships’ interesting or relevant, you need to listen to this podcast. As the WTA Finals embark on their first year hosted by Singapore, one by one the players have arrived in the island nation state to settle the business that was the 2014 WTA season. Four slams, four different winners, Serena looking dodgy until the business end of the season, Sharapova and Williams yet to face each other in a final this year.
With a little sub-feud opening up between Sharapova and Ivanovic, and bullying relationship seeming to be developing between Petra Kvitova (Wimbledon) and Eugenie Bouchard (Three slam semis and one final), un-controversial world No.3 Simona Halep barely rates a mention, yet she’s due for another statement tournament. Will this be it? And who’s this Agnieszka Radwanska that everyone keeps talking about? Well, she’s not been outside the world’s top 6 since February 2012 – surely she’s in there with a chance as well, right?
Furthermore, we have the renewedly relevant Ana Ivanovic joining the ranks of the final 8 for the first time since 2008, as Matt points out, while I declare that she, along with the universally respected and admired (I’ve been converted) Caroline Wozniacki, are playing Singapore with house money.
Finally, this podcast was recorded a week before players started to arrive in Singapore, when Serena’s health left her playing status very much in the air, but thankfully since then, things seem to have cleared up, so the big question remains – can anyone? Anyone? Especially now that Li Na has retired and Azarenka has officially slumped - get past Serena Williams at the WTA Finals?
Cue Spaghetti Western gun-slinging scene suspense music, we are all in.