Eight of the elite female singles players and the top eight doubles pairs of the world were battling it out on court here in Singapore. From Oct. 20 to Oct. 28, Singapore hosted one of the leading events in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) calendar. The BNP Paribas WTA Finals finally began its five-year contract, which lasts till October 2018. Singapore hosted the 44th edition of the singles event and the 39th edition of the doubles competition.
The event was held in Istanbul for the past three years and previously it was held at places like the United States of America, Spain, Germany and many more across the globe. Being the fifth biggest event of the season, the WTA Finals was yet another successful tournament for the players and the organization.
The recently completed Singapore Sports Hub is now home to major sporting events such as International Soccer Games, The Rugby World Club 10s, International FINA Diving Grand Prix, International Tennis Premier League and many more. The eight-day women’s tournament was held in the 7,500 seating Indoor Stadium where spectators witnessed the cream of women’s tennis.
One of the thousands of tennis fans, SAS Boys’ Tennis captain Hanson Cho said, “This event was a perfect pump-up for the tennis season. I was very inspired by the quality and level of all the women in the WTA Finals.”
American Serena Williams and Romanian Simona Halep competed in the championship match. Serena Williams, number one in the world, destroyed Simona Halep 6-3, 6-0, proving once again why she remains the most formidable force in women’s tennis. This victory gave Serena Williams her third consecutive win in WTA Final just a few days after her worst loss against her opponent.
In the doubles edition of the tournament, Indian tennis star, Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner, Cara Black, acquired the championship. The pair easily defeated the defending champions, Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Peng Shuai of China, 6-1, 6-0, reeling off 12 games in a row after dropping the opening game.
Gaby Hungate, a member of the SAS Girls’ Varsity Tennis team, described both the singles and doubles finals as “a complete beating. There was no fight and it was great to see such power in women’s tennis.”
Apart from the main Singles and Doubles events, the WTA Finals also featured a 10-day festival of sports, lifestyle, business and entertainment to promote and brand the new Singapore Sports Hub. A Legends tournament was played alongside the WTA Finals, which offered the unique opportunity to catch some of the all-time greats of the women’s circuit. Tennis greats such as Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert revisited their classic rivalry from the 70s to the 80s.
Second season sports have just begun at SAS and the tennis players will be getting ready for the upcoming exchange in Bangkok. Having witnessed these tennis stars in Singapore, our players are inspired and ready to train and compete for the next four months.