Tennis: French duo Garcia and Mladenovic to battle for doubles No. 1 ranking at WTA Finals

SINGAPORE - French doubles pair Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic both have a shot of ending Indian player Sania Mirza's 81-week reign as the world No. 1 doubles player this week at the WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

The top-seeded duo, who are the reigning French Open champions, will open against the German-Czech pair of Julia Goerges and Karolina Pliskova in the eight-team knockout draw.

The draw was made on Tuesday (Oct 25) evening and the doubles action will start on Thursday (Oct 27).

Mirza reunites with Martina Hingis as the No. 2 seeds for the tournament after splitting in August. The pair, nicknamed Santina, won three Grand Slam titles (Wimbledon and US Open in 2015 and this year's Australian Open) since they first teamed up in March last year.

They will face sisters Chan Hao-ching and Chan Yung-jan, from Chinese Taipei, in their opening match.

Mirza is a two-time defending champion, having won the title with Cara Black in 2014 and with Hingis last year.

US Open champions Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic and American Bethanie Mattek-Sands will seek to keep up their hot run of form, a streak of 16 consecutive victories, including the Wuhan Open and China Open titles.

They take on Timea Babos of Hungary and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan.

The draw

Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic (Fra) v Julia Goerges (Ger) and Karolina Pliskova (Cze)

Mattek-Sands (USA) and Safarova (Cze) v Timea Babos (Hun) and Yaroslava Shvedova (Kaz)

Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina (Rus) v Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka (Cze)

Martina Hingis (Sui) and Sania Mirza (Ind) v Chan Hao-ching and Chan Yung-jan (Tpe)