“Everyone tries to give advice to others like which dress to choose; usually we want others to look bad”

With one day to go until the WTA Finals start, the eight participants – Iga Swiatek, Ons Jabeur, Jessica Pegula, Coco Gauff, Maria Sakkari, Caroline Garcia, Aryna Sabalenka and Daria Kasatkina are thrilled to be part of the prestigious tournament.

The event is scheduled to be held October 31 through November 7 at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. The tournament returns to the United States for the first time since Los Angeles hosted it in 2005.

Swiatek, Gauff, Garcia and Kasatkina are part of the Tracy Austin group, with Ons Jabeur, Pegula, Sakkari and Sabalenka in the Nancy Richey group. While the players dressed up and gathered for the grand gala a few days ago, they attended press conferences on Saturday.

Starting with Ons Jabeur, here’s a look at each player’s top quotes ahead of the tournament:


Ons Jabeur at the gala

Tunisian Ons Jabeur will face Aryna Sabalenka on Monday.
Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur will face Aryna Sabalenka on Monday.

Ons Jabeur is one of four debutants in the WTA Finals.

“It was very nice to see everyone dressed up,” Ons Jabeur said, adding, “Everyone is getting ready, the make-up, the hairstyle. What I liked the most was that everyone tries to give advice to others, what dress to choose, what goes with it. Usually we want the other to look bad (laughs). So that was very good.”


Iga Swiatek on the Simona Halep doping scandal

Iga Swiatek will face Daria Kasatkina on Tuesday
Iga Swiatek will face Daria Kasatkina on Tuesday

World number one Iga Swiatek was asked about her reaction to Simona Halep’s suspension and what the Pole did to ensure something similar didn’t happen to her.

“It was confusing for me because I didn’t expect to hear this news. Simona seems like a person who has always cared about being fair. It’s a little disappointing and she must be feeling really bad. From my point of view, the most important thing for me is just to take care of myself and always be safe and make my surroundings safer and more careful. But at the moment this is only the beginning of my journey because I always had people around me who knew how to do this,” Swiatek said.


Caroline Garcia talks about half of the rookie players in the WTA Finals

“We know in sport, as in life, that life goes on. There are people who leave tennis. There are new ones who arrive. Like Coco, four, five years old already, she only has 18 years old. I think it’s good. First time. It’s always a great experience. When I did it, no one was there. So it was a bit weird. I feel very old right now (laughs),” Garcis said.

“Iga is very young too, but she is now firmly in first place. Ons Jabeur is doing better every year and is very consistent. It’s no surprise for me to see one of the seven at the moment” , she added.


Coco Gauff on the new faces of the tournament

Ons Jabeur, Coco Gauff and Caroline Garcia
Ons Jabeur, Coco Gauff and Caroline Garcia

“I think it’s important that there are a lot of new faces. I think it shows that the tour is constantly evolving. There’s always going to be someone who comes in and is successful. I think that’s what makes it exciting. Obviously when Serena and Venus were playing they were pretty much dominant players. I always thought anyone had a chance to win, but the fans believe that now too. There’s not a single dominant force there,” Gauff said.


Maria Sakkari on her season

Maria Sakkari seemed a little offended when asked how she felt after ending up at the event “unexpectedly”. She seemed and said there was nothing unexpected and she stayed in the top 10 for a long time.

“It’s not unexpected because I was one of the top 10 players last year. It’s not like I came out of nowhere. I thought I was going to find my rhythm after having had this blow this season. So I personally believe, and I think that’s what everyone around me thinks the same way, that when you have that level you’re going to get it back. I think I deserve to be here,” Sakkari said.


Daria Kasatkina tries to learn men’s tennis

Eighth-placed Daria Kasatkina revealed that instead of her competitors, she was watching and trying to learn from the men’s circuit.

“More on the men’s side because it’s still very difficult. We are competing against each other, so I want to see more disadvantages in the girls’ game. It’s very difficult to see their good sides. Good sure I see them, but it’s hard to accept (laughs) I’m watching more men’s tennis and trying to catch something from their game. Also, because my game is a bit more like a boy style “, said Kasatkina.


Aryna Sabalenka on the best advice she’s received

“Oh my god, best advice? Don’t listen to anyone. Go your own way and don’t care what people say. Sorry, there’s no way to put it differently. It’s just the only way. You can do, like, beep (laughs),” Sabalenka said.


Jessica Pegula on the turnaround after winning the Guadalajara Open

“I certainly wouldn’t change the fact that I won it and had to do a quick turnaround. But at the same time, I kind of like being in the rhythm of games. I think I can play games between San Diego and Guadalajara, where I played for two weeks in a row, it’s easier to come here and play. I think it’s much easier to play a lot of games,” Pegula said.

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