The first round-robin stage at the 2015 WTA Finals completed on Monday as Spain’s Garbine Muguruza & Angelique Kerber won their opening matches in Singapore this year.
Playing the Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova, Muguruza managed to close out a hotly-contested straight-set win, edging out Safarova in a tight second set that ended in a tiebreak in the Spaniard’s favor. Her first win in Singapore wasn’t the only reason for Muguruza to celebrate on Monday, as the 22-year-old also reached a new career high ranking of #3 this week.
Muguruza will soon be facing off with Angelique Kerber, the German #1 who made a successful start into her 2015 WTA Finals campaign by beating Petra Kvitova in straight sets on Monday. After the match, Kvitova revealed that she’s still very much fighting with her mono disease, having recently received a less than positive blood test result. Nevertheless, the two-time Wimbledon champion is not thinking of withdrawing from the event, but rather planning to compete in her remaining two round-robin matches despite her on-going health issues.
Before the evening singles matches, the media in Singapore got to meet four of the WTA’s most famous tennis legends, as Martina Navratilova, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Tracy Austin & Marion Bartoli answered press questions ahead of their doubles competition later this week. Afterwards, the WTA’s newly-appointed CEO Steve Simon talked to the press, outlining some of the possible changes coming to the women’s tour in the future.
The WTA’s immediate future will be all about the second round-robin stage that kicks off at the WTA Finals tomorrow, featuring the much anticipated match between Maria Sharapova & Simona Halep.
As usual, Women’s Tennis Blog will have you covered so keep checking back for all the latest from Singapore all week long!