WTA Finals 2017: Tournament guide, including schedule, draw, order of play, results, odds & TV coverage

Last Updated October 30 2017, 11:39Tennis
The WTA Finals singles line-up, pictured at the draw ceremony
The WTA Finals singles line-up, pictured at the draw ceremony

All the results from the WTA Finals in Singapore, won by Caroline Wozniacki.

WTA Finals: Where, when & TV coverage

The season-ending BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore will take place from October 22-29 in Singapore. The matches will be played on an indoor hardcourt at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, part of the city’s sports hub.

The tournament will be televised live in the UK by BT Sport.

WTA Finals: Schedule, order of play & results

Sunday October 22

Karolina Pliskova beat Venus Williams 6-2 6-2
Garbine Muguruza beat Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-4

Monday October 23

Simona Halep beat Caroline Garcia 6-4 6-2
Caroline Wozniacki beat Elina Svitolina 6-2 6-0

Tuesday October 24

Venus Williams beat Jelena Ostapenko 7-5 6-7 7-5
Karolina Pliskova beat Garbine Muguruza 6-2 6-2

Wednesday October 25

Caroline Wozniacki beat Simona Halep 6-0 6-2
Caroline Garcia beat Elina Svitolina 6-7 6-3 7-5

Thursday October 26

Timea Babos & Andrea Hlavackova beat Andreja Klepac & Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-3 6-4
Jelena Ostapenko beat Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-1

Venus Williams beat Garbine Muguruza 7-5 6-4
Chan Yung-Jan & Martina Hingis beat Anna-Lena Groenefeld & Kveta Peschke 6-3 6-2

Friday October 27

Kiki Bertens & Johanna Larsson beat Ashleigh Barty & Casey Dellacqua 7-6 6-7 10-6
Caroline Garcia beat Caroline Wozniacki 0-6 6-3 7-5

Elina Svitolina beat Simona Halep 6-3 6-4
Ekaterina Makarova & Elena Vesnina beat Gabriela Dabrowski & Xu Yi-Fan 6-1 6-1

Saturday October 28

Timea Babos & Andrea Hlavackova beat Chan Yung-Jan & Martina Hingis 6-4 7-6
Caroline Wozniacki beat Karolina Pliskova (Cze) 7-6 (11-9) 6-3

Venus Williams beat Caroline Garcia 6-7 (3/7) 6-2 6-3
Kiki Bertens & Johanna Larsson beat Ekaterina Makarova & Elena Vesnina 6-4 6-3

Sunday October 29

Timea Babos & Andrea Hlavackova beat Kiki Bertens & Johanna Larsson 4-6 6-4 10-5
Caroline Wozniacki beat Venus Williams 6-4 6-4

WTA Finals: Singles draw & group standings

The top eight players in the WTA’s season-long ‘Race to Singapore’ rankings qualified for the WTA Finals.

Those players were drawn into two groups of four with the top two in each progressing to the semi-finals.

Here are the final group standings:

Red group

  • Q1 Caroline Garcia 2-1 (4-4; 38-41)
  • Q2 Caroline Wozniacki 2-1 (5-2; 38-17)
  • Elina Svitolina 1-2 (3-4; 29-38)
  • Simona Halep 1-2 (2-4; 21-30)

White group

  • Q1 Karolina Pliskova 2-1 (4-2; 28-20)
  • Q2 Venus Williams 2-1 (4-3; 37-38)
  • Garbine Muguruza 1-2 (2-4; 25-32)
  • Jelena Ostapenko 1-2 (3-4; 36-36)

Figures in brackets are sets won/lost; games won/lost

WTA Finals: Format & rules

The singles competition sees the eight players compete on a round-robin basis. The players are split into two groups of four with the top two in each group progressing to the knockout semi-finals - the winner of one group plays the runner-up in the other.

If two players have the same number of wins in the group stage, they will be separated via the following methods:

  1. Greatest number of matches played
  2. If only two players are tied, head-to-head result
  3. If three players are tied, percentage of sets won (then head-to-head result if this eliminates one of the three)
  4. If still level, percentage of games won

There is also an eight-team doubles competition which is played on a straight knockout basis.

WTA Finals: The future

This is the fourth year of a five-year deal which Singapore agreed to stage the tournament. 2018 is currently due to be the last at this venue.

The process to determine the 2019 hosts is already under way with English city Manchester having already expressed an interest in staging the event in two years’ time (and likely beyond). No decision will be taken until next year.

Were Manchester to host, it would become the 10th city to host the prestigious tournament which began life in 1972 in Boca Raton, Florida. It is probably best remembered for its time at Madison Square Garden in New York.

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