2019 WTA Finals Preview and Predictions
Here we are once again; we are a few days away from the WTA Finals. There are seven women who have qualified, and the last spot will be determined in the next week or so. The top women who have qualified are the following:
1. Ashleigh Barty
2. Karolina Pliskova
3. Naomi Osaka
4. Simona Halep
5. Bianca Andreescu
6. Petra Kvitova
7. Elina Svitolina
The last spot will be contested by Kiki Bertens and Belinda Bencic given the fact that Serena Williams has bowed out of the rest of the season after her US Open final appearance. 14,000,000 dollars in prize money are on the line, and 1,500 points will go to the winner and 1080 to the runner up. This will be interesting because Barty leads the pack in terms of total points with 6,476, followed by Pliskova and Osaka with 5,315 and 5,246 respectively. After that, Simona is the closest with 4,962. This means that even if Barty loses all her matches in the Round Robin, she will still finish number one in the world. Unfortunately for the rest of the field, they will be playing for a nice winner’s check and bragging rights. And of course, for a nice seeding at the Australian Open.
That being said, we’re still waiting for the last qualifier and both Bertens and Bencic be in action at the Kremlin Cup hoping to get deep in the tournament in order to build enough points to qualify. Fortunately for them, Serena, who is number eight in the standings decided to end her season after her disappointing showing at the US Open.
So, all that being said, who do I have as a favorite? In all honesty, this tournament is going to be up for grabs. I don’t see any of these women tearing through the draw. Osaka may get streaky and take this tournament. She’s had a great Asian swing, winning the Japan Open and the China Open. At the China Open she beat both Andreescu and Barty. So, if I was to pick one person to take this tournament, it would be Osaka.