To date, no one has officially qualified for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, which can partially explained by the fact that there have been three Grand Slam champions - Li Na (Australian Open), Maria Sharapova (Roland Garros) and Petra Kvitova (Wimbledon).
In addition, three different players - Flavia Pennetta (Indian Wells), Sharapova (Madrid) and Serena Williams (Miami) - have won the three Premier Mandatory events. With balanced results, the Road To Singapore remains a tight competition.
Ultimately, the Top 8 singles players will qualify for the WTA Finals and be divided into two groups. In our virtual draw ceremony, here were the group breakdowns we came up with:
GROUP 1: Halep, Bouchard, Kvitova, A.Radwanska
Imagine… a group of the four youngest players competing in the WTA Finals all fall into the same group. Kvitova, 24 years old, and Agnieszka Radwanska, 25, would be the most experienced players in the group. Kvitova, the 2014 Wimbledon champion, lifted the Billie Jean King Trophy previously in 2011 and owns three indoor singles titles. Radwanska, on the other hand, has qualified for the WTA Finals three times, making an additional two appearances as an alternate; her best result at the year-end event came in 2012, advancing to the semifinal round.
Meanwhile, WTA Rising Stars Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard are the only two players who have reached the quarterfinals at the first three Grand Slams of the year, performing consistently on the biggest stage. Neither player has reached the WTA Finals before, but Halep gained valuable experience competing in the Tournament of Champions last year in Sofia, a round robin event in which the Romanian emerged victorious.
GROUP 2: Sharapova, Li, Williams, Ivanovic
115 career titles, including 25 Grand Slam titles. More than 2,100 career match wins. 229 weeks at No.1. This group would truly captivate the idea of every match being like a final.
A finalist in 2012, Sharapova was sidelined for the 2013 season finale, but currently holds the top spot on the Road To Singapore leaderboard. With the best match win percentage in 2014 so far, Sharapova won the WTA Finals 10 years ago in 2004, defeating Serena Williams in the final, the last time the Sharapova was able to defeat Williams.
Williams looks to return to the WTA Finals for the ninth time. She owns the second longest win streak in the event's 43-year history, winning 15 straight en route to three titles in her last three appearances (2009, 2012, 2013). In fact she has reached the finals of the event six of her eight appearances, lifting the trophy four times.
Li's best results this year have come in the Asia-Pacific, winning titles at Shenzhen and at the Australian Open in January. Ana Ivanovic is looking to make her first WTA Finals appearance since making back-to-back trips in 2007 (in Madrid) and 2008 (in Doha).
While the hypothetical draw would certainly provide a number of compelling storylines, the fact remains, no player has secured her qualification for the WTA Finals yet. The Emirates Airline US Open Series, US Open and Asian swing will certainly give us a more clear picture. Will Dominika Cibulkova, Angelique Kerber, Jelena Jankovic or another player currently on the outside looking in make a run to qualify? Only time will tell. Stay tuned, as the 100-day countdown is on.