Photos from Singapore: Red Group kicks off the WTA Finals + family day event

The 2016 WTA Finals in Singapore have officially kicked off as the Singapore Indoor Stadium hosted the first day of round-robin play on Sunday.

Before things got all serious for four of the eight best players of the season, the day started on a lighter note as Agnieszka Radwanska, Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova and Bethanie Mattek-Sands participated in a fun-filled family day event with lots of laughs.

  • Agnieszka Radwanska, Karolina Pliskova
  • Bethanie Mattek-Sands
  • Garbine Muguruza, Agnieszka Radwanska, Karolina Pliskova, Bethanie Mattek-Sands
  • Garbine Muguruza, Agnieszka Radwanska
  • Garbine Muguruza, Agnieszka Radwanska, Karolina Pliskova, Bethanie Mattek-Sands
  • Martina Navratilova
  • Bethanie Mattek-Sands
  • Garbine Muguruza
  • Karolina Pliskova
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  • Karolina Pliskova
  • Karolina Pliskova
  • Agnieszka Radwanska
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  • Agnieszka Radwanska
  • Agnieszka Radwanska
  • Agnieszka Radwanska
  • Garbine Muguruza
  • Garbine Muguruza, Agnieszka Radwanska, Karolina Pliskova, Bethanie Mattek-Sands
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Madison Keys
  • Simona Halep
  • Simona Halep
  • Madison Keys
  • Madison Keys
  • Madison Keys
  • Simona Halep
  • Madison Keys
  • Simona Halep
  • Madison Keys
  • Simona Halep
  • Madison Keys
  • Simona Halep
  • Simona Halep
  • Madison Keys
  • Simona Halep
  • Simona Halep
  • Simona Halep
  • Madison Keys
  • Madison Keys
  • Madison Keys
  • Madison Keys
  • Ambiance
  • Simona Halep
  • Simona Halep
  • Dominika Cibulkova
  • Dominika Cibulkova
  • Marija Cicak
  • Angelique Kerber
  • Angelique Kerber
  • Angelique Kerber
  • Angelique Kerber
  • Angelique Kerber
  • Dominika Cibulkova
  • Dominika Cibulkova
  • Angelique Kerber
  • Angelique Kerber
  • Angelique Kerber
  • Angelique Kerber
  • Dominika Cibulkova
  • Dominika Cibulkova
  • Angelique Kerber
  • Angelique Kerber
  • Dominika Cibulkova
  • Angelique Kerber
  • Angelique Kerber
  • Angelique Kerber
  • Angelique Kerber
  • Angelique Kerber
  • Dominika Cibulkova
  • Dominika Cibulkova
  • Angelique Kerber
  • Angelique Kerber
  • Angelique Kerber
  • Angelique Kerber

Afterwards, laughing time was over though, especially for Madison Keys. The 21-year-old is the youngest player in the field, playing her first ever WTA Finals, and her debut was not particularly successful as the very error-prone American fell to Simona Halep in two quick sets. This puts Keys under pressure in her next match, since she'll be eliminated if she suffers another straight-set loss.

In the second Red Group match on Sunday, Angelique Kerber and Dominika Cibulkova faced off and, as many experts predicted, it was a thrilling and close match. The world #1 needed three sets to finally edge the WTA Finals debutante from Slovakia and both players provided plenty of exciting tennis in the process.

The 2016 WTA Finals in Singapore will continue tomorrow with White Group play: Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, Agnieszka Radwanska and Svetlana Kuznetsova are set to commence their Singapore campaigns.

Keep checking back to Women’s Tennis Blog for the complete coverage of the WTA Finals all week long!

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