- Garbiñe Muguruza, World No. 3: On the day she rose to a career-high of No.3 - ahead of Maria Sharapova - the Spaniard earned a good win over Lucie Safarova at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. Angelique Kerber was also solid in beating Petra Kvitova in straight sets. The two winners will face off on Wednesday.
- Steve Simon meets the press: The incoming WTA Chairman and CEO met with reporters at the WTA Finals and had a lot to say about the current state of the tour.
"We ask these tennis players to play in a regular week, five to six nights a week for the ones that play deep. They're playing a two to three-hour match every time of pretty high level tennis. There are no breaks other than the 90 second changeover.
They don't have a teammate that can take the ball for a few minutes. You have an NBA player that plays an average of 36 minutes a night. The starters do. And they have a difficult time playing back-to-back. We're asking them to play two and three weeks in a row, playing five nights a week, three hours a day. So that's going to beat up your body pretty good.
We have to figure that out a little bit better and see what we can do to keep them healthy."
- Sania the Sledger: A Q&A with Sania Mirza, who acknowledged the hijinks that occur on court in doubles.
"Yes, sledging happens in tennis too. Sometimes players will accidentally touch each other's hand close to the net and the likes. Such things don't get picked by the camera. I personally never do sledging. Just kidding."
"I know that we are missing Serena. I think she needed the time off so it's good for her. Of course she is a great champion and probably for many people she is one of the greatest player. So they are probably a little bit sad she isn't here. But I think it's still a great draw and a great two groups. I think you're going to see great tennis from everyone here."
- Naomi Osaka Poised For Big Things: A profile on WTA Rising Stars Invitational champion Naomi Osaka.
"I feel honoured (that I'm compared to Williams)," the Haitian-Japanese said, with a smile.
"(But) at a certain point, you kinda want to surpass a person you're being compared to.
"So I hope to achieve that."
More on Osaka from a great profile in Sport360.com.
- Even more on Osaka here.
- The End of the Teenage Prodigy: From The Huffington Post, a look at why we're seeing more success among older players.
- The Post-Serena Era: Are we getting a glimpse of the post-Serena era at the WTA Finals?
- Meet Jeff Watson: An interview with the WTA Communications Manager on what life is like when you're running around with the players.