As the women’s tennis season draws to end, the BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore provides a fitting center stage for a battle royalé amongst the top performers of the year. The tournament which was first held in 1972 in Boca Raton, Florida is ranked second only to the grand slams in terms of prestige, prize money and points. If you needed any more convincing, here are five reasons for visiting the WTA Finals in Singapore this year:
Watch the top singles and doubles players of the year:
Only the top eight singles players and doubles teams for the year qualify for the season ending WTA Finals. While three-times defending champion Serena Williams might have withdrawn from this year’s edition, you would still get to see the other top eight singles players for the year. Ranging from tournament veterans like 2004 champion Maria Sharapova and 2011 winner Petra Kvitova to first-timer Garbiñe Muguruza, who has jumped from a rank outside the top-20 at the beginning of the year to inside the top-5 at this point, the singles field has enough exciting encounters in store!
The doubles tournament is richly laden too with top-seeds and the “in form” duo of Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza pitted against second-seeds (and arguably the best team in the first half of the year) Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safařová. Interestingly, Safařová and Muguruza will feature in both the singles and doubles tournament at the 2015 WTA Finals. Incidentally, Martina Hingis was the last player to hold both the singles and doubles crowns at the WTA Finals when she won the titles in 2000.
Last chance to see Panetta:
For the 2015 US Open singles champion Flavia Panetta, this year’s BNP Paribas WTA Finals will be her last tournament before she retires from the WTA tour. In a storied career the popular Italian veteran has won multiple doubles grand slam titles, powered her country to four Fed Cup titles besides winning a number of other tournaments. It would be the perfect farewell for Panetta if she can sign off with a high of winning the season finale!
There’s even more tennis to be seen:
The regular singles and doubles events aside, the WTA Finals provides fans with the opportunity of seeing some more high quality tennis. You can watch some of the legends of the game at the WTA Legends Classic, including the likes of Martina Navratilova and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario competing. If it is the future stars of women’s tennis that you want to get a glimpse of then head over to the WTA Rising Stars Invitational and WTA Future Stars (free admission!) events.
Plenty of entertainment outside the courts:
Visitors at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals 2015 not only have the high-quality tennis to look forward to but also to a number of attractions outside the courts.
Situated under the canopy of OCBC Square located within Sports Hub at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, the Fan Zone is one of the highlights for tennis fans attending the WTA Finals. This uniquely curated entertainment space provides everything from player autograph sessions to more than 20 interactive booths like the OCBC Virtual Reality Interactive Tennis Experience.
Tennis, glamor and music come together on the evening of 30th October in this glitzy event at the Marina Bay Sands, which features a special concert by multi-platinum British artist Paloma Faith.
Soak in the attractions of Singapore:
From multiple tourist attractions to a vibrant shopping culture to wide range of dining options and a happening nightlife scene, Singapore has it all and more! The WTA Finals is as good a time for you to make the trip to the Lion City and experience all its offerings.