TOUCHLINEUI:2014 WTA TOUR FINALS PREVIEW (NO. 5-8)

The preview continues today with a look at Pole’s Radwanska, Breakout Star, Eugenie Bouchard and comeback Queens, Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Wozniacki

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Name: Agnieszka Radwanska

Ranking: 6th with 4650 points

Road to Singapore Ranking: 6th with 4441 points

2014 Record: 46-19

Calendar Titles: 1

Grand Slam Results:

Australian Open: Semi Final exit

French Open: 3rd Round exit

Wimbledon: 4th Round exit

US Open: 2nd Round exit

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WTA Tour Final Statistics

The Pole would compete in her fifth WTA Tour Finals in Singapore. She has never won it but made in to the semi final in 2012 where she lost to Serena Williams and crashed out at the round robin stage in (2011 and 2013). She was an alternate at the 2009 World Tour Finals.

2014 Radwanska Season

Competition Surface Tournament Finish Opponent
Sydney Hard Court 2nd Round Bethanie Matiick-Sands(Q) 5-7 2-6
Australian Open Hard Court Semi Final Dominika Cibulkova 1-6 2-6
Doha Hard Court Semi Final Simona Halep 5-7 2-6
Dubai Hard Court 2nd Round Flavia Pennetta (Q) 4-6 1-6
Indian Wells Hard Court Final Flavia Pennetta  2-6 1-6
Miami Hard Court Quarter Final Dominika Cibulkova 6-3 6-7 3-6
Katowice Hard Court Semi Final Alize Cornet 6-0 2-6 4-6
Stuttgart Clay Quarter Final Maria Sharapova 4=6 3-6
Madrid Clay Semi Final Maria Sharapova 1-6 4-6
Rome Clay Quarter Final Jelena Jankovic 4-6 4-6
French Open Clay 3rd Round Ajla Tomljanovic 4-6 4-6
Eastbourne Grass 1st Round Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 4-6 6-3 6-7
Wimbledon Grass 4th Round Ekaterina Makarova 3-6 0-6
Stanford Hard Court 2nd Round Varvaria Lepchenko 3-6 6-3 4-6
Montreal Hard Court Winner Venus Williams 6-4 6-2
Cincinnati Hard Court Quarter Final Caroline Wozniacki 4-6 6-7
US Open Hard Court 2nd Round Shuai Peng 3-6 4-6
Seoul Hard Court Quarter Final Varvaria Lepchenko 7-6 2-6 2-6
Wuhan Open Hard Court 2nd Round Caroline Garcia 6-3 6-7 6-7
China Open Hard Court 2nd Round Roberta Vinci 3-6 4-6

 

2014 has been a topsy-turvy season for the 25 year old Pole. After a successful 2013, much was expected of the fan-favorite and she actually began brightly by reaching the semi-final of the Australian Open for the first time. She however suffered inconsistency on the hard court swing with her final appearance in Indian Wells the exception.

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Her Grand Slam performances were also not impressive as she failed to make to the Quarters of the other three Slams. She however bounced back to win at Montreal; her only title on tour this year. Despite her inconsistencies, her results were enough to secure her place at the World Tour Finals for the fourth year running.

She looks the weakest of the eight and if she is going to improve on her 2012 performance, she will have to improve her serve, second serve and return which have been her weaknesses and would be exploited by the powerful hitters like Williams and Kvitova. She also has a terrible head to head record against most of the other seven players; something she has to improve upon. I do not see winning the Tour Finals but if she gets a decent draw, then equaling her 2012 achievement could be a possibility.

 

 

 

 

 

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD AGAINST THE OTHER SEVEN PLAYERS

V Serena 0-8

V Sharapova 2-10

V Halep 4-2

V Kvitova 1-5

V Bouchard 1-0

V Ivanovic 7-3

V Wozniacki 4-6

 

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Name: Eugenie Bouchard

Ranking: 7th with 4523 points

Road to Singapore Ranking: 5th with 4523 points

2014 Record: 45-20

Calendar Titles: 1

Grand Slam Results

Australian Open: Semi Final exit

French Open: Semi Final exit

Wimbledon: Final

US Open: 4th Round exit

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WTA Tour Final Statistics: This is the 20 year old first appearance at the Tour Finals and she is the first Canadian since Helen Kelesi in 1989 to make it to the finals.

2014 Bouchard Season

 

                                     Competition                                           Surface                       Tournament Finish                                     Opponent
Sydney Hard Court 1st Round Bethanie Mattek Sands 4-6 3-6
Australian Open Hard Court Semi Final Li Na 2-6 4-6
Doha Hard Court 1st Round Bethanie Mattek Sands 5-7 1-6
Dubai Hard Court Quarter Final Annika Beck 1-6 4-6
Acapulo Hard Court Quarter Final Caroline Garcia 6-3 4-6 1-6
Indian Wells Hard Court 4th Round 4th Round Simona Halep 2-6 6-1 4-6
Miami Hard Court 2nd Round  Elina Svitolina 6-1 1-6 2-6
Charleston Clay Semi Final Andrea Petkovic 6-1 3-6 5-7
Oerias (Estoril) Clay Quarter Final Svetlana Kuznetsova 4-6 1-6
Madrid Open Clay 1st Round Agniesxka Radwanska 6-7 2-6
Rome Clay 1st Round  Francesca Schiavone 4-6 2-6
Nurnberg Clay Winner Karolina Piskova 6-2 4-6 6-3
French Open Clay Semi Final Maria Sharapova 6-4 5-7 2-6
S-Hertongenbosch Grass 1st Round Vania King 6-2 3-6 3-6
Wimbledon Grass Final Petra Kvitova 3-6 0-6
Montreal Hard Court 2nd Round Shelby Rogers (Q) 0-6 6-2 0-6
Cincinnati Hard Court 2nd Round Svetlana Kuznetsova 4-6 6-3 2-6
New Haven Hard Court 2nd Round Samatha Stosur 2-6 2-6
US Open Hard Court 4th Round Ekaterina Makarova 6-7 4-6
Wuhan Open Hard Court Final Petra Kvitova 3-6 4-6
China Open Hard Court 2nd Round Sabine Lisicki 2-6 4-6
Linz Hard Court 2nd Round Tsvetana Pironkova W/O

What a breakthrough year it has been for the 20 year old Canadian. She really lit the tour with her breathtaking attacking style which most of her rivals have found hard to cope with. Her best performances have been at the Slams where she has literally been brilliant and her big-game mentality belies her age. She reached the semi final of the Australian and French Open and then went a step better when she reached the final of the Wimbledon, becoming the first Canadian to reach a Slam Final. She won her first and only WTA Tour title in Nurnberg and a runner-up finish at Wuhan Open. Apart from saving her best for the big tournaments; she also enjoyed success over top ten players (6 victories) and beat a top five player for the first time at the semi final of the Wimbledon (Simona Halep). Like everyone, she suffered post Wimbledon blip but still bounced as Wuhan, where she reached the final only to lose to nemesis, Petra Kvitova.

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She might not start out as top favorite in Singapore but the fact that she is fearless at the big stage means that a couple of the established players could be in for a rude shock. She is also yet taste defeat on an indoor court this year and a good performance at the Tour Finals could see the Canadian break into the top three. What a year!

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HEAD TO HEAD RECORD AGAINST THE OTHER SEVEN PLAYERS

V Serena 0-1

Sharapova 0-3

Halep 1-1

Kvitova 0-3

Radwanska 0-1

Ivanovic 2-0

Wozniacki 1-0

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Name: Ana Ivanovic

Ranking: 8th with 4435 points

Road to Singapore Ranking: 7th with 4390 points

Calendar Titles: 4

2014 Record: 56-16

Grand Slam Results:

Australian Open: Quarter Final exit

French Open: 3rd Round exit

Wimbledon: 3rd Round exit

US Open: 2nd Round exit

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WTA Tour Finals Statistics: This is the Serb’s first WTA Tour Finals since 2008 and her third overall. In 2008, she crashed out at the round robin stage after losing her first two games and withdrawing from the third due to a virus. In her first appearance in 2007, she reached the semi final losing to eventual champion, Justine Henin.

2014 IVANOVIC SEASON

COMPETITION SURFACE TOURNAMENT FINISH OPPONENT
Auckland Hard Court Winner Venus Williams 6-2 5-7 6-4
Australian Open Hard  Court Quarter Final Eugenie Bouchard 7-5 5-7 2-6
Doha Hard Court 2nd Round Klara Koukalova 6-4 1-6 3-6
Dubai Hard Court 2nd Round Venus Williams 2-6 1-6
Indian Wells Hard Court 3rd Round Sloane Stephens 6-7 4-6
Miami Hard Court 4th Round Petra Kvitova 6-3 0-6 0-6
Monterrey Hard Court Winner Jovana Jaksic 6-2 6-1
Stuttgart Clay Final Maria Sharapova 6-3 4-6 1-6
Madrid Clay Quarter Final Simona Halep 2-6 2-6
Rome Clay Semi Final Serena Williams 1-6 6-3 1-6
French Open Clay 3rd Round Lucie Safarova 3-6 3-6
Birmingham Grass Winner Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-3 6-2
Wimbledon Grass 3rd Round Sabine Lisicki 4-6 6-3 1-6
Stanford Hard Court Quarter Final Serena Williams 6-2 3-6 5-7
Montreal Hard Court 2nd Round Coco Vandeweghe(Q) 7-6 6-7 4-6
Cincinnati Hard Court Final Serena Williams 4-6 1-6
US Open Hard Court 2nd Round Karolina Pliskova 5-7 4-6
Tokyo Hard Court Winner Caroline Wozniacki 6-2 7-6
Wuhan Open Hard Court 1st Round Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 5-7 6-5 RET
Beijing Hard Court Semi Final Maria Sharapova 0-6 4-6
Linz Hard Court 2nd Round Madison Brengle (Q) W/O

 

2014 has been comeback year for the 26 year old following years of struggle since her breakthrough in 2008. She returned to the top ten for the first time since 2009 and with 56 wins, she has the most wins of any of the top eight ladies which shows how consistent she has been. She has appeared in six finals this year tying with Serena Williams for the lady with the most final appearances and with four titles to her name, she trails only Serena Williams (6) in the title haul.

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Her improvement and consistency have seen her taking the scalp of a couple of big names like Serena Williams at the Australian Open and Sharapova on clay this season in Rome; it is noteworthy that Sharapova’s only loss on clay this season came from the Serb. She has also defeated more top ten players this season than in the last three years combined. Some impressive feat you might say. She won her first grass court title in Birmingham and her run-in finish to Singapore has been impressive, beating Caroline Wozniacki to win in Tokyo and reaching the semi final in Beijing.

However, for all her success, she faltered at the big stage. Her best performance at a Grand Slam was a Quarter Final finish at the Australian Open and while she won four titles, none was among the nine-highest ranked Premier Tournaments. If she wants to establish herself as a potential Grand Slam contender in 2015, she must deliver at the big stage starting with Tour Finals in Singapore. On a brighter note, four of her fifteen titles have come in indoor courts and that could help as she attempts to banish her big-game phobia.

Should Ana go all the way, she could go as high as number three in the ranking depending on other results.

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HEAD TO HEAD RECORD AGAINST THE OTHER SEVEN PLAYERS

V Serena 1-7

V Sharapova 4-9

V Halep 1-2

V Kvitova 4-3

V Radwanska 3-7

V Bouchard 0-2

V Wozniacki 5-2

 

 

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Name: Caroline Wozniacki

Ranking: 9th

Road to Singapore Ranking: 8th

2014 Record: 46 win to 18 losses

Calendar Titles: 1

Grand Slam Results:

Australian Open: 3rd Round exit

French Open: 1st Round exit

Wimbledon: 4th Round exit

US Open: Final

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WTA Tour Statistics: This will be the Dane’s fourth appearance at the Tour Finals and her first since 2011. She made her debut in 2009 where she reached the semifinals, got to the final of the 2010 edition where she lost to Kim Clijsters and twelve months later, she crashed out at the round robin stage. Would she be lucky this fourth time.

2014 WOZNIACKI SEASON

Competition Surface Tournament Finish Opponent
Sydney Hard Court 2nd Round Lucie Safarova 4-6 6-7
Australian Open Hard Court 3rd Round Garbine Muguruza 6-4 5-7 3-6
Doha Hard Court 2nd Round Yanina Wickmayer 4-6 5-7
Dubai Hard Court Semi Final Venus Williams 3-6 2-6
Indian Wells Hard Court 4th Round Jelena Jankovic 3-6 1-6
Miami Hard Court Quarter Final Li Na 5-7 5-7
Monterrey Hard Court Semi Final Ana Ivanovic 6-74-6
Madrid Clay 2nd Round Roberta Vinci 3-6 3-6
French Open Clay 1st Round Yanina Wickmayer 6-7 6-4 2-6
Eastbourne Grass Semi Final Angelique Kerber 6-3 6-7 3-6
Wimbledon Grass 4th Round Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 2-6 5-7
Istanbul Hard Court Winner Roberta Vinci 6-1 6-1
Montreal Hard Court Quarter Final Serena Williams 6-4 5-7 5-7
Cincinnati Hard Court Semi Final Serena Williams 6-2 2-6 4-6
New Haven Hard Court 2nd Round Camila Giorgi 4-6 2-6
US Open Hard Court Final Serena Williams 3-6 3-6
Tokyo Hard Court Final Ana Ivanovic 2-6 6-7
Wuhan Hard Court Semi Final Eugenie Bouchard 2-6 2-6

 

It has been a year of two halves for Caroline Wozniacki. The first part of the year saw her drop out of the top ten to the 18th position after a disappointing Australian Open. She would enjoy some hard court success in Dubai and Monterrey but whatever momentum she was gathering came to an abrupt end when in May, her partner and top golfer, Rory McIlroy broke-up with her. The much publicized break-up affected her French Open campaign as she crashed out at the first time of asking; first round. The question on everyone’s lips though, was how she would react.

She came back fighting; a semifinal finish at Eastbourne and a fourth round finish in Wimbledon but she had more in store. In her subsequent events after the All England Club, she failed to reach the Quarter Final of all tournaments she entered. She won at Istanbul immediately after Wimbledon but the highlight of a resurgent second half was her run to the final of the US Open where she unfortunately bumped into her good friend, your guess, Serena Williams. In her first nine tournaments, she picked up just 891 ranking points while in her next ten tournaments; she had picked up 3265 ranking points. Now, that is some resurgence.

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Her preparations for Singapore have been top notch; finalist in Tokyo and semi finalist in Wuhan. Whether the break-up gave her that push is debatable but what is not debatable is the fact that she’s had the best second half of her year.

She would not start out as  top favorite in Singapore but if she can avoid Williams and Sharapova, then it would not be bad to place your bet on her.

HEAD TO HEAD AGAINST THE OTHER SEVEN PLAYERS

V Serena 1-9

V Sharapova 3-5

V Halep 1-1

V Kvitova 4-4

V Radwanska 6-4

V Bocuhard 0-1

V Ivanovic 2-5

The Alternates

WTA provides for two alternates who would come in should any of the eight ladies pick up an injury or for whatever reason have to withdraw. The following players would be the alternates for the 2014 WTA Tour Finals in Singapore.

First Alternate: Angelique Kerber

Second Alternate: Ekaterina Makarova

Who do you think will win the WTA World Tour Finals?

GROUPS

WHITE GROUP

Serena Williams

Simona Halep

Eugenie Bouchard

Ana Ivanovic

 

RED GROUP

Maria Sharapova

Petra Kvitova

Agnieszka Radwanska

Caroline Wozniacki

 

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