When is the WTA Finals? Date, time, live stream, TV channel, qualified players and draw

THE WTA Finals returns after another season of incredible action and unexpected victories in women's tennis.

The tournament will see the eight best players in the world pitted against each other as Caroline Wozniacki looks to defend her title.

 Caroline Wozniacki won the Billie Jean King Trophy in 2017, after beating Venus Williams

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Caroline Wozniacki won the Billie Jean King Trophy in 2017, after beating Venus Williams

When is the WTA Finals?

The women's end-of-year spectacle kicks off on Sunday, October 21.

It will run for just over a week, with the final on taking place on Sunday, October 28.

As with previous years, the first six days will consist of two round robin groups of four.

The players will play each other once, with the top two going through to the semi-finals.

Last year, Danish star Caroline Wozniacki overcame Venus Williams in the final for her first WTA Finals win.

It will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang – it will be the last time it will be held in the Asian country before it is moved to Shenzhen in China for the foreseeable future.

How can I watch the WTA Finals and can I live stream it?

BT Sport holds the rights to UK television coverage of WTA events.

As such, it will show every day of the WTA Finals, beginning from 9.30am on Sunday, October 21.

Times for each day will vary depending on the schedule, with coverage beginning 7.45am for the final.

BT Sport subscribers can catch all the action online and on the BT Sport app.

Who has  qualified for the WTA Finals?

With tournaments continuing all the way up until the day before the tournament, only some have secured their place.

The tournament does not take the top eight in the WTA rankings – instead players accrue points for the Porsche Road to Singapore.

Where the normal seedings take into account previous years, the WTA Finals only wants the best in 2018.

Points are earned from the players' 16  best tournaments, including results from the four Grand Slams and the four Premier Manadatory competitions – these are Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid and Beijing.

Players in the top 20 from 2017 must have their best finishes from two Premier 5 tournaments included in their total.

Among them is reigning champion Caroline Wozniacki and US Open winner Naomi Osaka.

Here is a list of the confirmed qualifiers:

  • Angelique Kerber
  • Caroline Wozniacki
  • Naomi Osaka
  • Petra Kvitova
  • Sloane Stephens
  • Karolina Pliskova
  • Elina Svitolina
  • Kiki Bertens

 

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Caroline Wozniacki beat Venus Williams in last year's WTA Finals – infographic courtesy of GentingBet

What is the Singles draw?

The singles tournament will split the eight players into two groups, with each playing one another once before the top two go through to the semi-finals.

The top two seeded players, Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki, are kept apart in the draw with the rest decided at random.

Red Group

  • Angelique Kerber
  • Naomi Osaka
  • Sloane Stephens
  • Kiki Bertens

White Group

  • Caroline Wozniacki
  • Petra Kvitova
  • Elina Svitolina
  • Karolina Pliskova

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THE WTA Finals returns after another season of incredible action and unexpected victories in women's tennis.