SINGAPORE - The BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global has three semifinalists set after No.6 Elina Svitolina won the White Group with No.7 Karolina Pliskova qualifying second. On Friday, No.8 seed Kiki Bertens became the second tournament debutante to advance to the semifinals, securing her spot out of the Red Group after she won the first set 6-3 over No.3 Naomi Osaka, who was forced to retire.
One spot remains for Saturday's semifinals and it will come down to either top seed Angelique Kerber or No.5 seed Sloane Stephens. The face off in the final Red Group match on Friday night with a simple and straight-forward scenario: win and in. The result of the match also has implications on who will win the Red Group.
The final standings of each group in the round-robin competition are determined in the order of:
- Greatest number of wins; then
- Greatest number of matches played; then
- Head-to-head results if only two players are tied; or
- If three players are tied, the tiebreakers are the percentage of sets won, or, if necessary, the percentage of games won.
With that in mind, here's where the Red Group stood before the start of play on Friday:
Friday's Final Matches: Red Group
No.1 Angelique Kerber vs. No.5 Sloane Stephens
Stephens leads the head-to-head 4-1
No.3 Naomi Osaka vs. No.8 Kiki Bertens
Osaka leads the head-to-head 1-0
Here are the full qualification scenarios:
The winner of the Stephens-Kerber match will secure the final qualifying spot out of the Red Group. Stephens leads the head-to-head 4-1, having won the last 8 sets contested between the pair since 2015.
- If Kerber wins tonight, Bertens will be the group winner, Kerber second. Bertens would face Pliskova in the semifinals, with Kerber facing Svitolina.
- If Stephens wins tonight, Stephens will be the group winner, Bertens second. Stephens would face Pliskova in the semifinals, with Bertens facing Svitolina
This post has been updated to reflect Thursday's results in the White Group.