WTA best dressed: Singapore draw ceremony fashion overview


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.

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.



  1. None of them is my favourite… as said before, Kerber is the best looking one but actually, I don’t like the dress. Radwanska and Cibulkova look trashy as always.

  2. Claire, WTA players oftem don’t impress me with their off-court clothes for glamorous occasions, except Maria Sharapova who is always flawless, always!

  3. I am not necessarily a Simona Halep fan as far as tennis goes, but I voted for her for fashion. As far as past glamour shots I always liked Li Na’s look at the 2013 Ceremony in Singapore. Maybe its because she never was seen much in glamour shots.

  4. I agree none of them look great. Can’t understand why people think Aga is best, as Claire says her dress is trashy but also a boring and unflattering colour. Dominika – ghastly as usual. My vote is definitely for Garbine. She is very attractive and elegant and her dress is interesting and complements her attributes. Second goes to Angie and Konta also looks ok from what you can see.

  5. I’m actually finding it hard to pick a favourite… I like some of the dresses (Kerber’s, Pliskova’s, Muguruza’s), but I think none of them match well the size and shape of each player. Although not in the lineup photo, from what I can see of the photo posted here, I would say Konta is the best dressed.

  6. I always wonder if they chose their dresses all by themselves? The gowns are probably only a loan (“thanks to Alaia”) but to what extent does the choice reflect their own taste? It must have some influence, though.

  7. Claire, I think they choose their clothes by themselves, unless they negotiate a deal with a sponsor, in which case they also probably have quite a bit of freedom to choose which item they’ll take from the sponsor.

  8. Before the competition began, they played dress-up for a fashion photo shoot. The players chose their own outfits, proving that their off-court styling varies just as much as their on-court style of play. Beauty company and WTA sponsor, Oriflame, held a style suite prior to the shoot, providing the finishing touches for each ladies’ look. For behind-the-scenes photos, visit here for more styles and designer dresses.


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