WTA Finals 2019 – Pre-Tournament Predictions – Tennis Column #30

WTA Finals 2019 will be played in Shenzhen Bay Sports Center from 27th October till 3rd November 2019. Shenzhen replaces Singapore as the host city for the next 10 years. The format of the competition stays the same with two groups of four players and then semifinals with two best players from each group. The winner will be known on Sunday 3rd November.

update 10/25/2019 – Groups were drawn on Friday.
Red Group: Barty, Osaka, Kvitova, Bencic
Purple Group: Pliskova, Halep, Andreescu, Svitolina

WTA Finals 2019 – Our Predictions

The best eight players will meet in WTA Finals 2019. Ashleigh Barty, Karolina Pliskova, Naomi Osaka, Elena Svitolina, Bianca Andreescu, Simone Halep, Petra Kvitova, and Belinda Bencic made the cut. They were really the best during 2019 and that makes the prediction of the winner really tough. We try our best but remember that we expect a lot of three sets and close matches in Shenzhen.

Looking at the current form and latest performance we see three interesting candidates for the trophy.

Naomi Osaka’s good performance and two tournament wins (Osaka and Beijing) in the last two months make her one of the hot favorites. Bianca Andreescu with good results and performance at the biggest summer tournaments (Toronto and US Open) is the second hot favorite for us. We also like the story of Cinderella who qualifies at the last possible time to make run to the final. Just like in 2016 when Dominika Cibulkova did it. Belinda Bencic will definitely be interesting pick as all the pressure falls off after her semifinal win in Moscow against Mladenovic.

However, nobody’s chance can be discounted. The last four WTA Finals winners were usually not the biggest pre-tournament stars (2015 Radwanska, 2016 Cibulkova, 2017 Wozniacki, 2018 Svitolina). Essentially, what applies to any WTA tournament this season applies also to the WTA Finals. Anybody out of eight participants can be the winner on Sunday, 3rd November.

However, you are here to read our prediction, so here is our pick we would put our money on.

Our pick for WTA Finals 2019 Winner: Naomi Osaka

All our actual tennis tips and predictions can be found here.

WTA Finals 2019 – Readers Predictions

Check our WTA Finals Winner Poll and see who our readers see as the winner.

WTA Finals 2019 – Racket Corner

We will see 3 Wilson, 2 Head, 2 Yonex and 1 Babolat racket in the action during WTA Finals. Surprisingly, Babolat that has most WTA tournament wins this season has just one player in Shenzhen.

Wilson will be used by Simone Halep who plays with Wilson Burn, Petra Kvitova plays with Wilson Pro Staff and Elena Svitolina uses Wilson Blade. Ashleigh Barty and Bianca Andreescu play with Head Graphene Speed racket. Naomi Osaka and Belinda Bencic use the Yonex Ezone racket, and Karolina Pliskova plays with Babolat Pure Drive racket.

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Simon is the leading editor of TennisProGuru.com from 2015. He is an avid tennis player from age of 5, however, he never reached the pro level. Still, he likes playing tennis on different courts, with different rackets, and against different opponents. In his free time, you can find him watching all possible tennis matches he can find on the web or tv. Challenger or Grand Slam? It does not matter, just tennis matters.

He currently plays with:
Racket: Wilson Clash 100
Strings: Babolat RPM Blast
Grip: Head Xtreme Soft
Shoes: Asics Gel Dedicate 7 (for hard outdoor and indoor courts) & Asics Gel-Game 5 Clay (for clay courts),
Balls: Dunlop Fort All Courts and Head Championship
Bag: Axiom Backpack

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