Former 18-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert doesn't believe Karolina Pliskova and Garbine Muguruza will gain much advantage from their previous experience at the WTA Finals. Pliskova is set to make her fifth WTA Finals appearance, while Muguruza is set for a fourth appearance.
On the other side, Iga Swiatek, Maria Sakkari, Barbora Krejcikova, Anett Kontaveit and Aryna Sabalenka are all set for a WTA Finals debut. "Absolutely not,” Evert told the WTA tour when asked the question of whether experience will help Pliskova and Muguruza.
“It’s the WTA Finals, sure, but it really depends on the players’ form in the moment. It depends on the surface, and they’re playing outdoors. “All of that means more than the fact Pliskova and Muguruza have played the event [seven] times between them”.
Martina Navratilova also thinks Pliskova and Muguruza won't gain advantage
"They’re going to a city they’ve never been to,” Navratilkva explained. “The new format might be different for the new players.
“Being able to win the tournament after losing the first match kind of takes the pressure off, gives you a chance to get into the swing of things. “Because [Muguruza and Pliskova] haven’t played great in recent months, I don’t see year-end experience as making a huge difference.
“It’s the recent confidence that gives players a leg up more than anything else”. Pliskova failed to make it past the group stage in her WTA Finals debut. Pliskova ended up losing in the semifinal in each of her past three WTA Finals appearances.
"I think that experience can help me or should help me. On the other hand, I see so many of the young girls here who are playing for the first time, they're so excited. I think sometimes this excitement can be dangerous because they are happy that they are here, they don't care about anything else," Pliskova said.