LONDON, Great Britain - The 2017 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global is just under 100 Days Out, and there's still plenty of twists and turns to come on an already exciting Porsche Race to Singapore.
New WTA World No.1 Karolina Pliskova currently leads The Race after her stellar start to the season, but clay court superstar Simona Halep is set to supercede the Czech powerhouse unless Venus Williams wins her sixth Wimbledon title on Saturday. Pliskova made her Singapore debut last fall, while Halep has made three straight WTA Finals appearances, aiming for a fourth.
Venus has dropped just one set en route to her ninth final at the All England Club, and could put herself in pole position to return to the WTA Finals for the first time since 2009. Through a career spanning over two decades, the former No.1 has made just four appearances at the season-ending championships, never doing worse than the semifinals and winning the title back in 2008.
The American's opponent in Saturday's Wimbledon final is former French Open champion Garbiñe Muguruza, who is assured of rising into the Top 8 following her scintillating fortnight at SW19, and can rise as high as No.3 in The Race should she win her second Grand Slam title. Muguruza debuted at the WTA Finals back in 2015, and could qualify for a third straight season in singles (four including doubles) should she keep up this blistering form.
Speaking of doubles, the 2017 season has been dominated by four teams in particular, though last year's WTA Finals finalists Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova could find themselves out of contention following a traumatic knee injury the American suffered at Wimbledon.
Defending champions Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina have remained in contention for Singapore thanks to impressive results at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, where they won and reached the final, respectively. The Russians are currently in the Wimbledon semifinals with the hopes of winning a third Grand Slam title.
Martina Hingis and new partner Chan Yung-Jan each qualified for the WTA Finals last season, but with different partners - Hingis with former co-No.1 Sania Mirza and Chan with sister Hao-Ching - but the two have quickly become the team to beat after winning two of the first three Premier Mandatory tournaments at the BNP Paribas Open and the Mutua Madrid Open, helping them to lead The Race.
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