Tennis: Williams to begin WTA Finals title defence against Halep, Bouchard, Ivanovic

Mr S Iswaran, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office (right) conducting the singles draw for the WTA Finals. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Mr S Iswaran, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office (right) conducting the singles draw for the WTA Finals. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Agnieszka Radwanska on the red carpet at WTA Finals Official Singles Draw Ceremony at Marina Bay Sands Shoppes Ice skating rink. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Agnieszka Radwanska on the red carpet at WTA Finals Official Singles Draw Ceremony at Marina Bay Sands Shoppes Ice skating rink. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Ana Ivanovic on the red carpet at WTA Finals Official Singles Draw Ceremony at Marina Bay Sands Shoppes Ice skating rink. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Ana Ivanovic on the red carpet at WTA Finals Official Singles Draw Ceremony at Marina Bay Sands Shoppes Ice skating rink. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Caroline Wozniacki on the red carpet at WTA Finals Official Singles Draw Ceremony at Marina Bay Sands Shoppes Ice skating rink. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Caroline Wozniacki on the red carpet at WTA Finals Official Singles Draw Ceremony at Marina Bay Sands Shoppes Ice skating rink. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Petra Kvitova on the red carpet at WTA Finals Official Singles Draw Ceremony at Marina Bay Sands Shoppes Ice skating rink. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Petra Kvitova on the red carpet at WTA Finals Official Singles Draw Ceremony at Marina Bay Sands Shoppes Ice skating rink. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Simona Halep on the red carpet at WTA Finals Official Singles Draw Ceremony at Marina Bay Sands Shoppes Ice skating rink. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Simona Halep on the red carpet at WTA Finals Official Singles Draw Ceremony at Marina Bay Sands Shoppes Ice skating rink. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Eugenie Bouchard on the red carpet at WTA Finals Official Singles Draw Ceremony at Marina Bay Sands Shoppes Ice skating rink. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Eugenie Bouchard on the red carpet at WTA Finals Official Singles Draw Ceremony at Marina Bay Sands Shoppes Ice skating rink. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
World No. 2 Maria Sharapova at the WTA Finals Official Singles Draw Ceremony at Marina Bay Sands Shoppes Ice skating rink. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
World No. 2 Maria Sharapova at the WTA Finals Official Singles Draw Ceremony at Marina Bay Sands Shoppes Ice skating rink. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
World No. 1 Serena Williams at the WTA Finals Official Singles Draw Ceremony at Marina Bay Sands Shoppes Ice skating rink. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
World No. 1 Serena Williams at the WTA Finals Official Singles Draw Ceremony at Marina Bay Sands Shoppes Ice skating rink. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
(From left) Caroline Wozniacki, Agnieszka Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Eugenie Bouchard, Ana Ivanovic at the WTA Finals Official Singles Draw Ceremony at Marina Bay Sands Shoppes Ice skating rink.  --
(From left) Caroline Wozniacki, Agnieszka Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Eugenie Bouchard, Ana Ivanovic at the WTA Finals Official Singles Draw Ceremony at Marina Bay Sands Shoppes Ice skating rink.  -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

The singles draw for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global took place on Saturday afternoon at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands ice skating rink.

World No. 1 Serena Williams, whose participation was in doubt owing to a knee injury, made her first public appearance, and will begin her title defence in the Red group of the opening round-robin stage with Simona Halep, Eugenie Bouchard and Ana Ivanovic.

World No. 2 Maria Sharapova will face Petra Kvitova, Agnieszka Radwanska, and Caroline Wozniacki in the White Group. The top two in each group will advance to the semi-finals.

The competition starts on Monday, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.