With three Grand Slams and three WTA Premier Mandatory events in the books, the final stages of the 2015 season is underway with 100 days until the start of the WTA Finals. Here is a look at some notable numbers as the Road to Singapore continues.
6: Serena Williams became the first player to qualify for the WTA Finals in singles. Williams has played in WTA Finals in six different cities: Munich, Los Angeles, Madrid, Doha, Istanbul and Singapore.
7: Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis became the first doubles team to qualify for the WTA Finals. This will be Hingis’ seventh appearance at the WTA Finals – she competed in singles and doubles five times. Mirza is the fifth different partner Hingis will compete with at the WTA Finals having also qualified with Helena Sukova (1996), Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario (1997), Jana Novotna (1998) and Kournikova (1999, 2000).
1998: Sania Mirza will be defending her doubles title in Singapore, but with a different partner. The last time someone defended the doubles title with a different partner was Davenport (1997, w/Novotna; 1998, w/Zvereva).
375: Only 375 points separate No.6 and No.12. With one Grand Slam (US Open), a Premier Mandatory (Beijing) and three Premier 5 events (Toronto, Cincinnati, Wuhan) remaining on the WTA calendar, among other events, it promises to be an interesting Road to Singapore.
6,671: Current World No.1 Serena Williams holds the top ranking by 6,671 points, the widest margin between No.1 and No.2 in WTA history. Although she is closing in on another achievement, she has not yet secured the year-end No.1 ranking.
8: WTA Finals Ambassador Martina Navratilova won a record eight singles titles at the WTA Finals. While Navratilova owns the record she is followed by Steffi Graf (five), Serena Williams (five), Chris Evert (four).
129,000: Last year the WTA Finals in Singapore attracted 129,000 spectators, including 93,000 fans who attended matches at the Singapore Sports Hub, through the 10 days of on- and off-court sport and entertainment in the stadium, as well as the fan festival which offered free access to the public.
The WTA Finals will once again be staged in Singapore from October 23 through November 1. Tickets for the general public start at S$16.90 and can be purchased through Sports Hub Tix, the official ticketing partner of the 2015 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.