WTA Finals 2017: Tournament guide, including schedule, draw, order of play, results, odds & TV coverage

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We bring you all you need to know about the 2017 WTA Finals which will take place in Singapore from October 22-29.

WTA Finals: Where, when & TV coverage

The season-ending BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore will take place from October 22-29 in Singapore. The matches will be played on an indoor hardcourt at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, part of the city’s sports hub.

The tournament will be televised live in the UK by BT Sport.

WTA Finals: Draw & group standings

The top eight players in the WTA’s season-long ‘Race to Singapore’ rankings qualify for the WTA Finals.

Those players have been drawn into two groups of four with the top two in each progressing to the semi-finals.

Red group

  • Simona Halep 0-0 (0-0)
  • Elina Svitolina 0-0 (0-0)
  • Caroline Wozniacki 0-0 (0-0)
  • Caroline Garcia 0-0 (0-0)

White group

  • Garbine Muguruza 0-0 (0-0)
  • Karolina Pliskova 0-0 (0-0)
  • Venus Williams 0-0 (0-0)
  • Jelena Ostapenko 0-0 (0-0)

Figures in brackets are sets won/lost

Among the big names to miss out are Briton Johanna Konta, Serena Williams, currently recovering from giving birth to her daughter, and Maria Sharapova, whose disrupted season, first due to a drugs ban and then injury, means she has not accrued enough points. Reigning champion Dominika Cibulkova is another who has failed to qualify.

 

WTA Finals: Format & rules

The singles competition sees the eight players compete on a round-robin basis. The players are split into two groups of four with the top two in each group progressing to the knockout semi-finals – the winner of one group plays the runner-up in the other.

If two players have the same number of wins in the group stage, they will be separated via the following methods:

  1. Greatest number of matches played
  2. If only two players are tied, head-to-head result
  3. If three players are tied, percentage of sets won (then head-to-head result if this eliminates one of the three)
  4. If still level, percentage of games won

There is also an eight-team doubles competition which is played on a straight knockout basis.

WTA Finals: Schedule, order of play & results

Sunday October 22

Karolina Pliskova v Venus Williams – 1000 BST
Garbine Muguruza v Jelena Ostapenko – not before 1230 BST

Monday October 23

Simona Halep v Caroline Garcia – 1230 BST
Elina Svitolina v Caroline Wozniacki – to follow

Tuesday October 24

Singles group match – 1230 BST
Singles group match – to follow

Wednesday October 25

Singles group match – 1230 BST
Singles group match – to follow

Thursday October 26

Doubles R1 match – 0630 BST
Singles group match – not before 0900 BST

Singles group match – 1230 BST
Doubles R1 match – to follow

Friday October 27

Doubles R1 match – 0630 BST
Singles group match – not before 0900 BST

Singles group match – 1230 BST
Doubles R1 match – to follow

Saturday October 28

Doubles SF match – 0630 BST
Singles SF match – not before 0900 BST

Singles SF match – 1230 BST
Doubles SF match – to follow

Sunday October 29

Doubles final match – 0800 GMT
Singles final match – not before 1130 GMT

If a doubles finalist is also a singles finalist, the doubles final will be rescheduled to follow the singles final.

WTA Finals: Betting odds & tips

Our tennis tipster Andy Schooler has 9/1 and 7/2 picks for the tournament – he’s assessed all eight players and delivered his verdict in this betting preview.

Meanwhile, the post-draw book of our betting partners Sky Bet had three players as 9/2 co-favourites – Halep, Muguruza and Pliskova.

Halep is favourite to win the Red Group at 13/8 with Muguruza leading the White Group market at 11/8.

Title odds:

Simona Halep – 9/2
Garbine Muguruza – 9/2
Karolina Pliskova – 9/2
Elina Svitolina – 11/2
Caroline Garcia – 6/1
Caroline Wozniacki – 7/1
Jelena Ostapenko – 8/1
Venus Williams – 9/1

 

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