Favourites to Win the 2018 WTA Finals Singapore
As the upcoming WTA Finals (Sunday 21st October to Sunday 28th October) in Singapore draws closer, a clearer picture is beginning to form; both of the ladies who will be involved in the end of year showpiece, and who might go all the way to lift the Billie Jean Trophy.
The WTA Finals pits the highest placed women in the 'Porsche Race to Singapore' against each other, with $7 million worth of prize money and a huge heap of rankings points up for grabs. Four of the first five women to qualify for the event are positioned between one to five in the world rankings - and that tells you all you need to know about the quality of the WTA Finals field. This year’s tournament is gearing up to be a closely fought contest, so who should you back if you want to bet on the WTA finals? All odds are available on the Bet UK online betting, where you can get the latest tennis betting odds.
Let's have a look at the favourites for this year's event:
Simona Halep - Add odds when ready
The favourite in the lead up to the final, Romanian Halep is the world number one and is reaching the climax to the most memorable year of her career so far. Halep started 2018 by reaching the final of the Australian Open Final but then went one better by winning the French Open in the Spring, finally breaking her Grand Slam duck. She also has two other tournament wins on tour this year but is just returning from a back injury which has curtailed her appearances in recent weeks. The question is: Can Halep click back into gear in time for the big week of tennis at the Singapore Indoor Stadium?
Naomi Osaka - Add odds when ready
Osaka became an international superstar in her emotion-drenched win over a charged up Serena Williams in the US Open final. While the Japanese youngster has admitted that the controversy-filled match wasn't exactly the fairy tale scenario for her first Grand Slam win, it looks as though the hangover from that monumental occasion has been cleared, as she made it to the semi-finals of the Beijing Open at the start of October. After her breakthrough win, can world number four Osaka kick on and develop the kind of consistency it takes to be a great of the game? A win at the WTA Finals would certainly be a good place to start.
Angelique Kerber - Add odds when ready
German Kerber is the reigning Wimbledon champion, a three-time Grand Slam winner, and a serious threat to current holder Caroline Wozniacki at the WTA Finals. She has demonstrated remarkably consistent form in 2018, and the world number three will be no easy proposition for any of the other seven ladies in the draw. Kerber is a left-hander who is known for her excellent return and solid defensive attributes. She has recently adopted a more data-driven method of training under coach Wim Fissette. Will it all come together for Kerber again under the Singapore lights?
Caroline Wozniacki - Add odds when ready
The current WTA Finals champion won her first Grand Slam at the start of the year when she took home the Australian Open in Melbourne. It put paid to any suggestions that the Dane is a 'nearly-woman' of ladies' tennis, and in winning the Beijing Open at the start of the month, Wozniacki demonstrated that she is building up a head of steam coming into the Tour's 'blue riband' event. The best performances of Wozniacki's career have come on the hard courts, and now she has the chance to cement her status as one of the elite by holding onto her WTA Finals crown.
Petra Kvitová - Add odds when ready
One of two Czechs who could appear at the event, with Karolina Plíšková also a possible qualifier, Kvitová is a two time Wimbledon champion who has made it to the final four of a Grand Slam on two other occasions. She is also a former champion of this event, having triumphed in the 2011 edition which was held in Turkey. Kvitová will be hoping to summon the spirit of her best ever year when she does battle for 2018's title.
Sloane Stephens - Add odds when ready
In Serena Williams's absence, Stephens will ensure there is some American representation at the WTA Finals, and the 2017 US Open winner certainly won't be coming to make up the numbers. She made it to the last eight in New York again this year and reached the final of the French Open, demonstrating her all-surface ability. Despite her Grand Slam conquests in the past, this will be the first time Stephens has made it to the WTA Finals, and she will be eager to follow in the footsteps of her countrywoman Williams, who has won the title on five occasions.
Who Will Win the 2018 WTA Finals?
The draw is really heating up now for the WTA Finals, as the berths fill with the world's elite players. Who can stamp their mark on 2018 by walking away with the last major piece of silverware on offer? All will be revealed in Singapore.
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