Serena Williams became the first singles player to qualify for the prestigious WTA Finals in Singapore for 2015. After Serena defeated Maria Sharapova in the 2015 Wimbledon semi finals on July 6 the WTA announced that Serena was officially the earliest qualification for the WTA Finals by any player since the move to the current format in 2003.
Upon qualifying Serena said, “Last year was my first time visiting Singapore and I really enjoyed myself – the crowd is amazing and I’m excited to be going back.” Make sure you buy your WTA Finals in Singapore tennis tickets to one of the greatest players to play women’s tennis defend her 2014 WTA Finals victory in Singapore.
This year will be Serena’s 10th WTA Finals, winning the past three in a row and five in total, having made the Championship match seven times posting a 29-6 win-loss WTA Finals record. The 1.75m American has played the WTA Finals in six different cities: Munich, Los Angeles, Madrid, Doha, Istanbul and Singapore.
The 34-year-old Serena has won five titles this year and all major tournaments, the first three legs of the calendar Grand Slam: Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon, the Miami Open and the Cincinnati Open. Serena has won 53 matches and lost 6 matches.
Petra Kvitova, Belinda Bencic and in Serena’s most recent match Roberta Vinci account her three defeats whilst injury problems meant the other three losses were due to being unable to play her next match i.e. walkovers.
The younger if the two Williams sisters continues to set WTA records in 2015 and is closing in on one of her biggest goals – to surpass Steffi Graf’s 22 Grand Slam singles titles. The Wimbledon 2015 title was her 6th and 21st Grand Slam singles title overall. The right-handed Serena has won 6 US Open’s (her very first Grand Slam in 1999), 6 Australian Open’s and 3 Roland Garros titles.
Serena is the oldest woman to hold the No.1 spot since computer rankings began in November 1975. Serena will move into 3rd place behind Graf 377 and Martina Navratilova 332 for all-time weeks spent at No.1 by hitting 261 on Monday 5 October to move one ahead of Chris Evert with 260. Serena is is guaranteed the No.1 spot until the end of 2015 which means her tally will be at 273 weeks when the 2016 season begins.