2019 WTA Finals - Official Tournament Thread

Who gets the title?


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Enceladus

Hall of Fame
We welcome this year's WTA Finals participants :happydevil::

1. Ashleigh Barty, winner of the French Open, Miami Open and Birmingham Classic


2. Karolína Plíšková, winner of the Brisbane International, Italian Open, Eastbourne International and Zhengzhou Open


3. Naomi Osaka, winner of the Australian Open, Toray Pan Pacific Open and China Open


4. Simona Halep, winner of the Wimbledon


5. Bianca Andreescu, winner of the US Open, Indian Wells and Rogers Cup


6. Petra Kvitová, winner of the Sydney International and Porsche Tennis Grand Prix


7. Belinda Bencic, winner of the Dubai Tennis Championships and Kremlin Cup


8. Elina Svitolina, this year without WTA title
 
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Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Osaka gets it done in the end in 3 sets. Petra put up a good fight but ends up losing her 4th consecutive match at the WTA Finals (lost all 3 matches last year).
 
Glad Naomi win. Good win, good match, Petra was good but I don't think Naomi will ever lose to Kvitova. She can play with shape as displayed here while not being too passive.

Kvitova can pull magical moment here and there but lack of consistency of course while Naomi can drag the play. Plus even her serve is getting readable by Petra towards the end of 3rd, the speed consistently 180 Km/h gave a lot of trouble.
 
Idk who's the commentator is but I think she's Aussie (Accent) and the constant talk about Barty quite annoying.

Edit: It's Alicia Molik.
 
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FakeEmpire

Professional
Barty is a top server on the tour. What surprising is Bencic serve really good.
I'm not disputing that, but sometimes it seems like Belinda can't string a couple of decent returns for a long amount of time.
Bencic was already serving well during the USO. I admit I had my doubts about its staying power, but it does seem like it is here to stay. It's not a powerful serve, but she places it well, even under pressure.

My stream is really, really behind, but Bencic wins the first.
 
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Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Barty looking really good now.

Up a break in the 3rd.

Also not impressed with Bencic's tactical MTO at the end of the 2nd set.
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
And she does it!

Ash Barty wins her first match on debut at the WTA Finals by beating Belinda Bencic 6-7 6-1 6-2. With that win, Barty also secures the 2019 year end #1 ranking.

She started the year ranked #15, will finish ranked #1. 5 years after she left the sport to go play cricket and after 3 years since she returned to the sport. World number 1, amazing.
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Taking a quick look at the doubles, Strycova, Mladenovic and Sabalenka all in contention for the #1 ranking. Quite amazing really, all accomplished singles players. Strycova with the Wimbledon’s SF this year, Sabalenka a top 15 singles player and just won Wuhan and Zhuhai and Mladenovic former top 10 in singles.

Strycova is the one in prime position to finish year end #1 but I think i’m going to tip Sabalenka to finish the year as #1. Amazing really since both Mertens and Sabalenka were playing singles last week in Zhuhai, now playing doubles in Shenzhen. Mladenovic would need some sort of miracle to finish as #1, she’s already 760 points behind Strycova.
 
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