Serena Williams was absent for the first time in many years as she decided to rest after a couple of high profile tournament that put her resilience to the test.
Without the world number one playing, the stage was open and several players were credited with a good chance at lifting the trophy.
Halep was the first seed but despite her dazzling performance in the opening match, she couldn’t keep her composure and was eliminated in the group stage. Pennetta suffered the same fate and the U.S. Open winner will have to find solace in the fact that she won a grand slam tournament before she retired.
The situation was every bit as intense in the other group where Safarova and Kerber bowed out of the competition early on. The German only needed one sense to advance the next stage, but she was denied by the Czech player who won the gaming straight sets.
Her effort propelled Petra Kvitova into the elimination round and she made the most of this rare chance to defeat Maria Sharapova.
The Russian player battled injuries throughout the season but she looked in good shape in Singapore and qualified from the group stage with three victories. She had a significant advantage over her opponent in the second set but allowed a four-game lead vanish and was sent off in the semifinals.
Muguruza was credited by bookmakers as favorite to win the tournament before the first match was played and she confirmed the odds by winning all three games early on. Unfortunately for the Spanish player, the lack of experience and inability to focus when she needed most caused her elimination in the semifinals.
It was Agnieszka Radwanska who crushed her hopes of winning the most important tournament of her career so far at the end of a hard-fought five.
The polished player did again the very next day when she defeated Petra Kvitova in three long said that could’ve gone either way. Former Wimbledon champion committed a lot of errors in the first set but then returned to her winning ways and send the match into a decider.
Radwanska was lucky to have qualified from the group stage as it was Maria Sharapova’s to set victory in the final match that sent her into the elimination round.