Naomi Osaka of Japan hits a return shot while competing against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in their women's singles semifinal match in the China Open at the National Tennis Center in Beijing, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Osaka drawn with 2 other Grand Slam champions at WTA Finals

October 19, 2018 - 9:21 am

SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka was drawn in the same group as Angelique Kerber, Sloane Stephens and Kiki Bertens for her debut appearance at the WTA Finals in Singapore.

Karolina Pliskova, defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova and Elina Svitolina are in the other group for the end-of-season tournament starting on Sunday.

Top-ranked Simona Halep is not playing because of a lower back injury. Serena Williams misses out, too, in a year in which she returned after giving birth to her first child and reached two Grand Slam finals.

There are five Grand Slam champions playing in Singapore: Osaka, Stephens, Kerber, Kvitova, and Wozniacki.

White Group: Karolina Pliskova, Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova, Elina Svitolina.

Red Group: Kiki Bertens, Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, Sloane Stephens.

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