Tuesday Newsday: October 21

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The WTA Finals Singapore begins, while the Race to London continues! That and more in this version of Tuesday Newsday.

Road To Singapore
The WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global began Monday with a dazzling ceremony featuring two-time Major Champion and former WTA star Li Na, as the 2014 BNP Paribas Open semifinalist was led onto Singapore Indoor Stadium for the opening festivities. Featuring a laser light show, drum line, children’s choir and more, the event is symbolic of the fireworks we’re likely to see on the court, as the top-eight stars in the world vie for the WTA Finals crown. For more information about the event, visit the WTA website HERE.


Race to London
The ATP Race to London is heating up, as men’s stars jockey for position among the Top 8 to gain entry into the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, held November 9-16. BNP Paribas Open Champions Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, along with Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic have already clinched berths into the year-end event, but the last three tickets have yet to be punched. Kei Nishikori (4,265 points), Tomas Berdych (4,105) and Andy Murray (3,885) currently hold the most points of those yet to qualify, but David Ferrer (3,775), Milos Raonic (3.750) and Grigor Dimitrov (3,555) are still in the hunt.


What’s Next
The top-ranked men split time in Basel, Switzerland, and Valencia, Spain, this week with Barclays ATP World Tour Finals implications at stake. Berdych, Murray and Ferrer will compete in Valencia, with a possible Berdych/Murray final tilt on the horizon, while Federer and Wawrinka will host Nadal, Raonic and Dimitrov in Basel. Who do you think will qualify for the finals?

CiCi is on a Roll
CiCi Bellis became the youngest American in 28 years to win a match at the US Open this year, and now the 15-year-old is starting to win in bunches, earning back-to-back ITF titles in the past 10 days. Bellis won her first crown in Rock Hill, S.C., on October 12, followed by a triumph in Florence, S.C., this weekend.