To kick off the pinnacle of the WTA season, the best
eight seven players of 2016 gathered in Singapore for the glamorous WTA Finals draw ceremony. The elite tennis stars will play the $7,000,000 tournament divided into the Red and White Groups, named for the colors of the host city’s flag.
This time the draw ceremony was a bit weird, as the eighth player of the field has not been determined yet, since the fight between Johanna Konta and Svetlana Kuznetsova is still going on. Britain’s Konta is actually just sitting and waiting to see if Svetlana Kuznetsova will grab the Kremlin Cup title in Moscow, the feat which would qualify the Russian for the final spot in the prestigious draw, kicking Konta out.
On the day of the draw ceremony, Kuznetsova defeated Elina Svitolina 6-1 6-7(2) 6-4 in the Moscow semifinals and is now just one win away from earning her first appearance at the WTA Finals since 2009.
Germany’s Angelique Kerber, who is now confirmed as the year-end number one, wore a fitted cap-sleeve dress that combines chic femininity with contemporary edge. Designed by Azzedine Alaia, the dress’ laser-cut details resemble Stella McCartney’s signature perforations from the British designer’s tennis collections.
My reader Emman Damian reminded me that Donna Vekic wore this same dress back in June, at the Pre-Wimbeldon Party.
— Donna Vekic (@DonnaVekic) June 24, 2016
The 2016 WTA Player of the Year Kerber headlines the Red Group as the top seed.
The White Group’s headliner Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska rocked a tight white dress with provocative cutouts at chest and waist. I am generally not a fan of this style, but I can say that Aga pulls it off just fine.
Romania’s Simona Halep showed up for her third consecutive appearance at the WTA Finals in a white high-neck lace dress. I’d prefer this look with a different neckline on Simona.
Karolina Pliskova opened her WTA Finals debut in a blue goddess gown — in my opinion, the best look of the evening.
Garbine Muguruza opted for the duality of black and white and quite an exposed side slit.
American Madison Keys went for a conservative lace look for her WTA Finals debut.
Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia, the 2016 WTA Comeback Player Of The Year, looked like a pop star in a short dress busy with all sorts of textures, from fur to sparkle.
The 2016 WTA Most Improved Player Of The Year, Johanna Konta, who is still not a certain member of the Elite Eight, rocked the tried-and-true old-school glam.
For more photos from the glamorous day at the 2016 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, check out my photographer Jimmie48’s gallery.