2014 marks the first year that Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard have reached the WTA Finals. It showed early on. Both players seemed nervous to start, with more errors than winners from Bouchard. Genie had 9 unforced errors in the first 3 games alone, finishing with 30 for the match. Ultimately, it was Simona who steadied her play, racing out to 4-0 first set lead. Halep would go on to win in straight sets, 6-2 6-3. It was a big win to start round robin play. While nothing in sports is a given, it’s not hard to imagine Serena Williams going 3-0 in Red Group round robin play. Serena started her WTA Finals with a 6-4 6-4 win over former world #1 Ana Ivanovic. For Ana, Simona and Genie they each need to not lose among themselves or they might have to upset Serena to make the semifinals. Only 2 advance from the Red Group. Count on Serena being one of them. If Simona beats Ana, she would make the semis based on 2 wins with Ana only able to have 1 win at most and Simona owning the head to head tiebreak over Genie should Genie upset Serena and beat Ana. However, if Ana beats Simona, things get very interesting with a lot of tiebreak scenarios possibly coming into play should Serena run the table. If Ana beats Simona and Genie, she’d likely advance. Genie must beat Ana to keep her hopes alive. However, if Serena has shaky moments against Bouchard and Halep, as she did against Ivanovic, who knows? Maybe one of them could derail the world #1. It’s only the first day of round robin play, so everybody is still in it.
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4 SIMONA HALEP vs 5 EUGENIE BOUCHARD (Halep wins 6-2 6-3)
1 SERENA WILLIAMS vs 7 ANA IVANOVIC (Williams wins, 6-4 6-4)