Historically, WTA Finals They have been one of the most demanding and recognized competitions on the women’s circuit. The best in the world boast of the qualities that got them there and measure themselves against each other in search of the greatest title. A few days after the return of the event in Guadalajara, we review the 2021 season of the eight classified.
Aryna Sabalenka: Long ago he positioned himself as one of the strongest figures on the WTA Tour. However, the great results in Grand Slam tournaments were made to wait until this year. It reached its first semifinals in Wimbledon and emulated the result in the US Open. Another of his good performances took place on the Spanish clay, where he conquered the WTA 1000 from Madrid after beating Barty.
Barbora Krejcikova: The Czech tennis player made the leap as a singles player by winning her first WTA title in Strasbourg and immediately after winning Roland Garros… In both modes! During this season he was also awarded the Prague Open and made its premiere in Wimbledon and in the US Open, reaching the eighth and quarterfinals respectively. A takeoff that will allow you to dream of the double consecration in the Finals. The last to get it? Martina Hingis in 2000 when he beat Seles and – along with Kournikova – Bollegraf / Arendt.
Karolina Pliskova: Has participated in the Finals four consecutive times but has not yet been able to lift the title. The new opportunity for Louny’s original comes thanks to her performance in Wimbledon, event in which it fell into the definition versus Ashleigh barty. He also added finals in Rome and Montreal. They will be, together with Muguruza, the only former No. 1 of the ranking present in the Mexican city.
Maria sakkari: Reached the semi-finals in Grand Slam tournaments twice this year: in Roland Garros and in the US Open. The good moment of the born in Athens comes hand in hand with the milestone that positioned her as the first Greek player to reach that stage in events of such magnitude. A short time later, she would return to star in history by becoming the first tennis player in her country to land in the Top 10. Achievements that, as a result of her efforts, will lead her to make her absolute debut in the teachers’ contest.
Iga Swiatek: Five years have passed since Poland was last represented in the Finals. Swiatek will take over from Radwanska and will appear for the first time in the competition. After his victory in Roland Garros 2020, the 20-year-old has found a regularity that distinguishes her on the circuit: she is the only tennis player who has stepped on the second week in the four majors of the calendar at stake. He also added the trophies of Rome and Adelaide.
Garbiñe Muguruza: Four years ago she signed her last participation in the tournament of the eight best. This time, she will return after opening the WTA 1000 calendar with her victory over Krejcikova in the final of Dubai and, months later, raise a new trophy in Chicago. Additionally, it reached a few other decisive rounds and climbed 10 positions in the ranking to be ranked as the current No. 5 in the world.
Paula Badosa: The recent champion of the prestigious Indian wells He will say present for the first time in his career after a few months with great results. The victory in the North American desert was the highest achievement after multiple decisive instances, including his inaugural title at the Serbia Ladies Open.
Anett Kontaveit: He took last place after fighting until the last moment with Ons Jabeur in the race. Victory in the Transylvania Open it meant, not only the passage to the Finals, but also his next arrival in the Top 10. This year he won four of his five WTA titles.