2017 WTA Finals in Singapore stands as the last showdown of the season for the WTA professional circuit. With the group stages already scheduled, the action starts today and the first day will feature a matchup that many consider being another episode of the rivalry that will dominate the upcoming years in women's tennis. Garbine Muguruza is set to face Jelena Ostapenko in a clash featuring the only two Grand Slam winners of 2017 that made it to Singapore. Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens are not in this special box. For Osapenko it'll be her debut match at this event while Muguruza has a 40 points deficit only in her bid to end the season as the world No.


Garbine Muguruza won her second Grand Slam back in July

Currently world No. 2, the 24-year-old Spaniard has had a great season. After winning her maiden Grand Slam title back in 2016 at the french open, she had to fight her own demons. The lack of consistency was the central phrase, but the 2017 Wimbledon arrived and Muguruza had a surreal run clinching the women's singles title after a final against Venus Williams. Later, during the summer swing on hardcourt, she backed that result up with a Premier 5 title in Cincinnati that helped her surpassed Karolina Plsikova at the top of the ranking. The Asian swing of the season saw a decrease in terms of tennis deliverance, as she only made it to the semis in Tokyo while in Wuhan she lost to Ostapenko in the quarterfinals.

The last Premier Mandatory of the season saw her bid terminated by Barbora Strycova in the second round of China Open in Beijing.

Jelena Ostapenko was awarded The Most Improved Player of the Year title

At 20 years of age, the Latvian tennis star is living her perfect dream. Already Grand Slam winner, she also had a solid season.

Her French Open title is not the only result to brag about as she also reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. Moreover, she went on winning her second WTA title and the first one on hard in Seoul. Two semis in a row in Wuhan and Beijing cemented her top 10 presence and ultimately confirmed her status as a WTA tennis star. Currently ranked seventh in the world, Ostapenko will face Muguruza for the third time in 2017.

Overall, in head to head stats, Muguruza leads Ostapenko by 2-1.

These two are part of the White Group in Singapore, an arrangement that also includes Karolina Pliskova and Venus Williams. Two out of four will advance into the semifinal stages in Singapore.