Halep and Sharapova drawn together at WTA Finals

Published 10/23/2015, 9:57 AM EDT
Russia’s tennis player Maria Sharapova poses before the Spring/Summer 2016 women’s ready-to-wear collection for fashion house Chanel at the Grand Palais which is transformed into a Chanel airport during the Fashion Week in Paris, France, October 6, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Top seed Simona Halep was pooled with grand slam winners Maria Sharapova and Flavia Pennetta in a formidable looking Red Group for the end-of-season WTA Finals on Friday.


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With world number one and defending champion Serena Williams opting out after narrowly missing out on a rare calendar Grand Slam, Romanian Halep is the highest seed for the eight woman end-of-season championships which begin on Sunday.

Halep, who lost to Williams in the final last year after beating the American in the pool stage, was drawn against Italian Pennetta, who lifted a shock U.S. Open title after compatriot Roberta Vinci beat Williams in the last four.


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The Romanian, winner at Indian Wells earlier this year, will also take on Russian multiple grand slam winner Sharapova, who lost in the Australian Open final to Williams in January.

Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska, who won her 16th career title in China last week, rounded out the group from which the top two will advance to the semi-finals after round robin play.

Awaiting them will be the heavy hitters of the White Group, where Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza of Spain and twice champion of the grass court major Petra Kvitova were pooled together.

They were joined by Germany’s Angelique Kerber, who completed the rare feat of winning WTA titles on green clay, red clay, grass and hardcourts this year.

Czech Lucie Safarova, who only qualified for the singles field on Thursday, was the other player in the group.

Simona Halep of Romania reacts as she leaves the court after retiring from a women’s singles match against Lara Arruabarrena Vecino of Spain at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing, China, October 4, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Safarova, the world number nine and French Open runner-up, will also play in the doubles with American partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands where she has been drawn in the same pool as Muguruza and partner Carla Suarez Navarro.


Red Group

Simona Halep (Romania)

Maria Sharapova (Russia)

Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland)

Flavia Pennetta (Italy)

White Group

Garbine Muguruza (Spain)


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Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic)

Angelique Kerber (Germany)

Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic)


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(Writing by Patrick Johnston in Singapore; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)


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