The final stop on the WTA Tour calendar is exclusive, a prestigious year-end championship that is open to only the Top 8 players (the best performers in a calendar year) where they’ll compete for bragging rights.
This year’s WTA Finals will be held at the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. The tournament starts on Oct 31 and concludes on Nov. 7. It will feature a round-robin stage (played through Monday to Saturday). The semifinals will be held on Nov. 6. The final will take place on Nov.7.
World No. 1 Iga Swiatek leads the charge into the WTA Finals this year. She’s joined by World No. 2 Ons Jabeur, World No. 3 Jessica Pegula, World No. 4 Coco Gauf, World No. 5 Maria Sakkari, World No. 6 Carolina Garcia, World No. 7 Aryna Sabalenka and World No. 8 Daria Kasatkina.
So, with the stage set, the lineup for the round-robin revealed and the tennis betting markets in full swing, let’s check the latest Tennis picks, stats, injury reports, and Tennis predictions. We’ve plenty of Tennis expert picks for you to consider.
WTA Finals Outrights
- Iga Swiatek +125
- Jessica Pegula +500
- Ons Jabeur +600
- Coco Gauff +650
- Aryna Sabalenka +700
- Carolina Garcia +900
- Maria Sakkari +1100
- Daria Kasatkina +1500
Tracy Austin Group: Swiatek Leads The Charger
- Group Players: (1) Swiatek, (4) Gauff, (6) Garcia, (8) Kasatkina
Swiatek (+125) will be looking to cap off a stellar season with her first career WTA Finals title. She’s making her second career appearance at this event.
Swiatek has eight titles to her credit, two of which were grand slam titles – the French Open and US Open. Her record in finals this year is a stellar 8-1, with her only loss in a decider coming a few weeks ago in Ostrava (l to. Barbora Krejcikova).
Swiatek is expected to be one of the two players to emerge out of the round-robin stage, Moreover, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if she advances without dropping a match or set, as she boasts a 9-2 record combined against her opponents in this section.
Therefore, the overriding question here is, Who will join Swiatek in the semifinals?
American teenager Coco Gauff strikes an interesting pose as the third overall favorite in outrights at +650. What makes Gauff a solid bet is her consistency. She’s reached the quarterfinals of every event since August. That said, she has yet to win a title this year.
Gauff is making her tournament debut in Fort Worth. She’s the youngest player in the draw at 18 years of age. She has a 2-1 record against Garcia, but she’s winless against Swiatek (0-4) and Kasatkina (0-2).
Russia’s Daria Kasatkina (+1500) is making her WTA Finals debut as the longshot of the group and the tournament. Her form has dipped since winning the Granby Championships. She takes a 1-4 record versus Swiatek into group play.
France’s Garcia (+900) is making her second appearance since her debut in 2017. She was one of the hottest players in the summer, winning three titles (including the WTA 1000 event in Cincinnati) and reaching the US Open semifinals.
Garcia is tied 1-1 with Swiatek. She beat the Polish star in the quarterfinals of her home event on the way to the Poland Open title. Although recent form has taken a dramatic dip since the US Open (1-3 in her last three tournaments), she’s the kind of player that can raise her level at big events.
Prediction: Swiatek and Garcia to advance
#WTAFinals Singles Draw
Tracy Austin Group
1. Iga Swiatek
4. Coco Gauff
6. Caroline Garcia
8. Daria Kasatkina
Nancy Richey Group
2. Ons Jabeur
3. Jessica Pegula
5. Maria Sakkari
7. Aryna Sabalenka pic.twitter.com/0hBHxKOR3y
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) October 29, 2022
Nancy Richey Group
- Group players: (2) Jabeur, (3) Pegula, (5) Sakkari, (7) Sabalenka
Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur (+600) is making her WTA Finals debut, where she’ll hope to cap her year off with the prestigious title. She was a grand slam finalist twice this year – finishing runner up at Wimbledon and the US Open.
However, despite her career-high ranking and incredible season, tennis betting markets have installed her as the third overall favorite to win the title – behind top favorite American Pegula in this section. That’s in part to her questionable form. Jabeur has only featured in one event since the US Open.
Jabeur has winning records against Pegula (3-2) and Sakkari (2-1), but trails Sabalenka 1-2 in head to heads.
Pegula (+500) is coming off her first title of the year and maiden WTA 1000 tournament title, lifting the title in Guadalajara last weekend after beating Sakkari in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. Pegula has been one of the most consistent players on the WTA Tour this year, carrying that momentum down the stretch. If there’s one thing that stands against her, is an overall losing record against her opponents combined.
Sakkari (+1100) is one of the tournament’s longshots in part due to her up-and-down season. She’s picked up form of late, reaching the final in Guadalajara last weekend. However, she often struggles in pressure moments and loses composure in the latter stages of a tournament.
Sabalenka is the fifth overall favorite at+700, but her topsy-turvy season makes her a risky play here. When she’s in form, the big-hitting, statuesque Belarusian is tough to beat. One thing that might help her reach the semis is the fact that she has a winning record against all her opponents.