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The WTA Finals is scheduled to start on November 10th, and pundits are watching this one closely. All 8 finalists have already been confirmed, and the draws are shaping up just nicely. But at the end of the day, there can only be one winner, and that’s what I’d like to talk about here. The previous champion, Ash Barty, has withdrawn from the competition too. This opens up the tournament even more. Naturally, this makes it more exciting, more unpredictable, and we are guaranteed a great week of tennis.
So, who do I feel has the best shot of winning and why? There’s a fair bit to cover, so let’s jump right into it.
Top three candidates who could win the title
Before running through these three, I’d like to point out that the tournament will be played on outdoor hard courts. This changes the game somewhat when looking at the women who are involved in the event. Basically, we need to then look at who are the best hard court players, which is precisely what I’ve done.
Sakkari is a machine on a tennis court. She is a powerful hitter, a fierce competitor, and she is physically incredibly strong. I’d go as far as to say she has the perfect build and game for hard court tennis. And when looking at her recent results, things are certainly promising. She has beaten the likes of Simona Halep and Swiatek within the last few weeks. These are two of the top players on tour, and most impressively, she made the semi-final of the US Open.
Undoubtedly, her confidence will be running high going into the WTA Finals.
Swiatek is one of the best strikers of the ball on tour. By her standards, she didn’t have a great hard-court season, however. She lost in the 4th round at the US Open to Belinda Bencic, and she’s done okay in both tournaments since. With that said, the hard court season didn’t lead to any trophies, so she’ll be hungry at the WTA Finals. I love the way she actually plays the game too.
She takes the ball early, she’s aggressive from the baseline, and as a competitor, there are few better. If she hits form during this event, I’ve every confidence she could win the entire thing.
Much like Maria Sakkari mentioned above, Sabalenka made the semi-finals of the US Open. Doing this showed the world that she is a top-notch hard court player. There are several reasons that her game suits this surface too. She certainly packs a punch from the back of the court, she has a good serve, and she is intelligent with her shots. These are the kind of ingredients necessary to win a major title like this one.
And while she hasn’t played great since the US Open, I’ve no doubt she can regain form ahead of next week. And should she manage to get an early win, she could get on a roll easily.