After missing out last year, the WTA Finals will be back this year and will commence from November 10. The tournament will feature the best 8 players from the season. The tournament will take place in Guadalajara in Mexico, with Mexico hosting the WTA Finals for the first time ever.
The 8 elite players are divinded into two groups of 4 each –
Group A consists of top-seeded Aryna Sabalenka, 4th seeded Maria Sakkari, 5th seeded Iga Swiatek and the 7th seeded Paula Badosa.
Group B consists of 2nd seeded Barbora Krejcikova, 3rd seeded Karolina Pliskova, 6th seeded Garbine Muguruza and 8th seeded Anett Kontaveit.
The 8 qualified players have been drafted into 2 groups and will play in the Round-Robin format with the top 2 players from each group qualifying for the semi-finals. The winner of Group 1 will play the 2nd placed player of Group 2 and vice versa.
Swiatek reveals she was invited by former Miami Open doubles partner, Bethanie Mattek-Sands to the mountains
The hype around the 2021 WTA Finals is unreal and the time has finally approached. The best 8 players from the season will take the stage at Guadalajara for the year-end finale, starting tonight (November 10). The highlight event before the tournament starts is the draw ceremony cum gala which took place a day ago. All the players- Singles and Doubles dressed up for the ceremony which was followed by a cultural Mexican gala.
During the gala, fifth seed, Iga Swiatek revealed her preparation plans in the mountains ahead of the WTA Finals along with her Miami Open doubles partner this year, Bethanie Mattek-Sands. The 20 year-old Pole got candid as she revealed her preparation plans when asked during the gala ceremony in Mexico, Guadalajara.
Iga Swiatek on her preparation: “We were practicing in Phoenix, in the mountains, because Bethanie invited us. She provided some good clubs. Good tennis clubs, I mean. Don’t get me wrong, I am not partying that hard.”
A former World No. 1 in doubles, Bethanie Mattek-Sands had revealed that she and Poland’s, Iga Swiatek entered the event in Miami at the eleventh hour in an unexpected doubles partnership this year. The partnership had proven to be a success. The pair reached the semifinals in Miami and went one better in Paris, where they advanced to the final before losing to Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova.
2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek, is the fifth seed at the WTA Finals here in Mexico and has been very consistent throughout the season. She’s the only female player on the tour to reach the second week of every major this season. Post the US Open, she made it to the semifinal at Ostrava before bowing out of the Round of 16 at Indian Wells this year.