Cancun in November doesn't sound too bad, and let's see which players are fighting for a chance to find themselves there at the 2023 WTA Finals.
After months of speculation and player complaints, the WTA finally sent out a notice that the WTA Finals would be played in Cancun. It's not a bad place to be in November or any month, but the choice did raise some concern over the scheduling, which has been a big talking point for much of this year.
In any case, we're heading to Cancun to finish up the season, and not all players have their tickets booked. Four know they'll be there: Aryna Sabalenka, Iga Swiatek, Elena Rybakina, and Coco Gauff. We have four more spots and quite a few willing travellers.
Jessica Pegula has been a consistent performer for a long time, but she's a bit different this year. She's already recognised her win total from the previous year, being only four wins away from the most in her career. She won a big trophy and looked pretty deserving of the WTA Finals for much of this year.
She'll likely be there as number 5 in the race right now. Number 6 is Marketa Vondrousova, a player who certainly didn't expect her season to look anything like it did. The Czech player broke out a few times already in her career, reaching a Grand Slam final but winning Wimbledon was never on the bingo card. Thanks to that, though, she looks likely to be in Cancun.
Ons Jabeur is in hot pursuit of the Czceh player as she's hopeful to leave her in the dust. It was Jabeur whom Vondrousova beat in that Wimbledon final, leaving her heartbroken for the 3rd time in her career. Going to Mexico wouldn't be a bad consolation prize, but she'll need to work a bit more to get there.
Karolina Muchova is right in the thick of it as well, with some fantastic performances at a couple of events this year. She looks healthy and ready to mingle, so expect her push for Mexico to be as strong as that of any player.
Maria Sakkari, Madison Keys, and even Petra Kvitova are also in contention, though their chances look a bit slimmer but not impossible. We've seen that with Sakkari recently; a 5-year title drought snapped in Guadalajara. Will she be in Cancun? Stick with us and find out.