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THURSDAY BLOG: DRAW CEREMONY INTRIGUE - Players the top seeds fear

Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic played a match for the ages in Cincinnati. Would Sharapova want to draw Ivanovic in her group at the WTA Finals?


The Road To Singapore opened in Australia way back in January. Fans and media spent the next 10 months patiently waiting to see which players would assemble at the end of that journey, and now with the field finally set for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals presented by SC Global, it's time to sort the players into their round robin groups and get down to the business of crowning a season-ending champion.

The draw ceremony takes place Saturday October 18 at 5pm. The event, located at the Shoppes Skate Rink at Marina Bay Sands, is open to the public. For those fans who’ve never attended a live tennis match, the ceremony offers an incredible opportunity to see the world's best female athletes upclose and personal.

The main task of the ceremony, however, involves selecting the two groups that will determine the round robin tournament schedule. Unlike other WTA tournaments, this is not a single knockout. Each player will play a match against the other three players in her group. The top two players in each group will advance to the semifinals, with the winner of the Red Group facing the secondplace finisher of the White Group and vice versa.

The semifinal winners will then square off for the title on Sunday, October 26.

What we do know at this stage is that Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova - the first and second seeds respectively - will each earn a top seed in their group. Then it's a matter of how the rest of the field gets sorted.

Will either Williams or Sharapova want to face the red-hot Petra Kvitova? Will upstarts Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard continue their Cinderella seasons? Will the consistent Ana Ivanovic play the role of spoiler (she defeated Sharapova in a match for the ages in Cincinnati this year)? Can Agnieszka Radwanska find her old form and will Williams have to face her "BFF" Caroline Wozniacki?

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WOZNIACKI’S BAD DREAM

CNN Open Court is reporting that Caroline Wozniacki is having bad dreams about her forthcoming New York Marathon experience.

It’s not uncommon for athletes to dream about forgotten equipment, late arrivals or getting lost on the way to the match, and right now it looks as though Wozniacki is no different.

"I dreamed one time that before I even got to the start line I was dead," Wozniacki laughs during an interview with CNN's Open Court. "Or I dreamed that someone had to get me through the finish line in a wheelchair."

Wozniacki will be running for charity in support of Team for Kids, which provides "free low-cost health and fitness programs to kids who would otherwise have little or no access to regular physical activities."

What does Wozniacki’s father and fitness trainer think about Caroline moonlighting as a marathoner?

"They said, 'You are crazy,' " Wozniacki said.

 

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SERENA ON THE SCENE

 

 

 

 

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CENTER STAGE

Fresh arrivals were eager to practice on the main court at the center of the Singapore Sports Hub Indoor Arena.

Of the singles players, Maria Sharapova, Eugenie Bouchard, Petra Kvitova, Serena Williams and Simona Halep all received two hours of court time.

Halep and Monica Puig finished up a center court practice at 9pm.

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SHARAPOVA DOES THE KALLANG WAVE

 

 

Maria visited the field at the Singapore National Athletic Stadium on Tuesday before the Brazil vs. Japan friendly. Brazil won the match, 4-0.

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SHELBY ROGERS THANKS FANS

 

 




 

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