Serena Williams ends her season on a high. Beats Simona Halep 6-3, 6-0 to win the #WTA Finals. http://t.co/wZK4EZi5Sj pic.twitter.com/fDyRpXDb06
— SI Tennis (@SI_Tennis) October 26, 2014
The WTA Finals are over, and was that ever an interesting event. Consider some of the things that happened:
Both Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic played superb tennis, which kind of "sealed" their comeback status in 2014.
Simona Halep allowed Serena Williams to win only two games in one of their matches, and also delivered a rare bagel to the world number 1.
Halep then pretty much fell apart during the final. I don't mean to take anything away from Serena--she was wonderful--but Halep did go to pieces in the second set. Tired, maybe? She didn't go to pieces in the French Open final, so one has to wonder.
Petra Kvitova, playing on what should have been her "dream" court (though it turned out not to be a typical indoor court at all) went 1-2.
Before leaving, though, Kvitova beat Maria Sharapova for the first time since 2011.
Genie Bouchard had a total wipe-out, losing all three of her round robin matches.
The world number 1 team of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci once again failed to win the title. They had to retire in the quarterfinals because of Errani's rib injury.
So Serena topped off her "bad year" with her third WTA Finals (formerly the WTA Championships) victory in as many years. This so-called bad year also included winning six other titles, one of which was the U.S. Open and one of which was Miami. And did I mention that the 33-year-old Williams ends the year, once again, as number 1 in the world.
Most puzzling to me in this event were Halep's performance in the final, and Kvitova's failure to win more than one match. Unlike some fans, I enjoy the round robin format, partly because of its ridiculous unpredictability. Also, it's a change in the usual routine, which is nice.