The WTA Finals in Singapore is the place where the top 8 Tennis players of the year on the WTA Tour are fighting in a last major encounter. It is also a recognition of their achievements throughoutthe regular WTA calendar. With 2 rounds already played, people began making those phrenetic math calculations regarding their favorites' odds to move on into the knock-out stages.

In the Red Group, yesterday`s result spiced things up more than a bit with all 4 players having chances to move forward. Simona Halep lost in straight sets to Angelique Kerber, while Madison Keys put in a great display of power and self-control, blistering Dominika Cibulkova (also in straight sets).

Simona Halep was unable to confirm her value

The 2014 runner-up in Singapore, Simona Halep played a weird match against Kerber. Despite being ahead after a tremendous comeback, when she needed it most, her mental composure was nowhere to be found. She seemed totally overwhelmedand the Germanseized all the good stuff on her side. It seems a well-known scenario, as the Romanian player made almost the same run in 2015 when she won the opening match and then succumbed. She possesses all the talent and skill but she must learn to keep her emotion low or somehow channel all those negative pulses into something useful.

In the end, tennis also represents a clash on a mental level, not just using your physicalenergy and your bag full of tricks.

Those are good for the show, not for memorable matches.

Halep will face Cibulkova in tomorrow first match

In order to move forward in Singapore, Halep must win the final group stage match against Dominika Cibulkova. According to the WTA official statistics, those 2 players have quite a history when it comes to directmeetings, with Cibulkova leading on the overall stats 3-2, while Simonacan brag about winning their last meeting in Madrid`s final -- a Premier Mandatory event.

Cibulkova seems a lot like Madison Keys with an aggressiveplaying style, but with a lot of unforced errors during the process. Against Keys, Simona Halep was the smarter player by letting her opponent take the riskier decisions. And it paid off, as the American made dozensof unforced errors, canceling all the winners she produced.

Also, a few months ago, in Madrid, Halep used the same strategy against Cibulkova with great success.

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