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The Best And The Brightest

This year’s BNP Paribas WTA Final sponsored by SC Global promises to be the most thrilling to date

After participating in 55 events and four Grand Slams across 33 countries on the Road to Singapore, eight of tennis’ top singles players will arrive at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

This year’s Finals — to be held between 22 and 29 October 2017 — could well be one of the most thrilling to date as Venus Williams joins the Top Eight in a bid for her first major title since 2009. Williams has been in fine form of late and is back on the A-list of women’s players, prompting WTA web editor David Kane to remark that this could be “the start of a new chapter to her career”.

France’s Caroline Gracia secured the final qualification berth on 13 October to join Garbiñe Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina, Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Ostapenko and Williams in Singapore.

Jelena Ostapenko

The Finals’ dark horse has to be 20-year-old Jelena Ostapenko, who won her first major and tour-level title by beating third seed Simona Halep at the French Open final. The Latvian beat every odd to win the match 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 by hitting 54 winners to 54 unforced errors. If Ostapenko displays the same mental resilience and laidback confidence she showed on the Paris courts, she could just be the Final’s biggest upset.

Staged at the Singapore Sports Hub, the 2017 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global is an eight-day tennis festival featuring the world’s best players vying for US$7 million in prize money and two of the most prestigious titles in women’s tennis. The Top 8 singles players will compete in a round-robin format with the winner taking home the Billie Jean King Trophy. The Top 8 doubles teams will compete in a knock-out format for the Martina Navratilova Trophy.

Tickets are available at the WTA website .

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