This upcoming women’s tennis event is looking to be more glam and exciting than the last. By Estelle Low
Photo: Paul Lakatos
Tennis fans, you’re in for a treat this year. This year’s WTA Finals, to be held from October 23 to November 1, promises more fun and entertainment than last year’s. The tournament, which will see the world’s top eight singles and doubles women’s tennis players compete for record prize money of US$7 million, has something exciting in store for everyone.
“We’re thrilled with the positive response we received from last year’s inaugural WTA Finals, and we want to build on that success and take the tennis extravaganza to the next level this year. One of our key objectives has always been to provide a platform for fans from all walks of life and everywhere to engage with the sport, and this year, we have ramped up our efforts towards realising this vision by keeping tennis and fans at the heart of everything that we do,” says Sarah Clements, vice president of Tennis (Asia) at event promoter World Sport Group.
Whether you’re new to tennis or a long-time supporter, the following should convince you to be part of the fever.
1. Serena Williams
Serena Williams celebrating her championship win at the WTA Finals 2014. Photo: Paul Lakatos
What more can we say? This world number one in women’s singles remains at the top of the WTA Finals leader board. If you’ve seen her on court, you’d remember her mighty strokes and unrivalled energy. Don’t miss the chance to watch this tennis powerhouse play live – even if you don’t belong to the Serena Williams fan club. Seriously.
2. Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Carla Suarez Navarro, Garbine Muguruza, Lucie Safarova, Karolina Pliskova, Petra Kvitova, Timea Bacsinszky and Angelique Kerber
Maria Sharapova at the WTA Finals 2014. Photo: Paul Lakatos
So far, these are the qualifying tennis players besides Serene Williams. (The leader board is updated every Monday at www.wtafinals.com). From October 23 to November 1, the players will make appearances at the Fan Zone at OCBC Square, which will also be buzzing with interactive games and sport challenges. You can also catch them at player practice sessions from October 23 to 25, if you purchase a same-day match ticket.
3. Paloma Faith
Award-winning British singer Paloma Faith will perform live at Marina Bay Sands on October 30. Photo: World Sport Group
Love her soulful delivery of Only Love Can Hurt Like This? As part of the WTA Finals celebration, the award-winning British singer will perform live on October 30 at Marina Bay Sands – her first debut appearance in Southeast Asia. Get your tickets to The Show featuring Paloma Faith from marinabaysands.com, sportshubtix.com.sg or sistic.com.sg. Packages including a meet-and-greet, premium match tickets and hotel accommodation are also available. Visit marinabaysandspackages.com for more details. Tickets to matches and packages go on sale from 10am on August 1.