World No. 10 Angelique Kerber (Bio) has officially qualified for the WTA Championships in Istanbul after securing her spot with her win in the Linz quarterfinal earlier today. She will join Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanska, Li Na, Petra Kvitova, Sara Errani and Jelena Jankovic in Istanbul from October 22-27.
“I’m so excited to be returning to Istanbul for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships. The fans last year were amazing and I look forward for the chance to play against the best players in the world.”
The 25-year-old defeated Ivanovic, Radwanska and Wozniacki to reach the Tokyo final before eventually succumbing to Petra Kvitova. Considering her performances over the past few weeks, it is clear that she was to be the eighth an final entrant into the year-end championships. She has only dropped one set since arriving in Linz and has cruised through her last two match-ups, which include a 6-1, 6-0 over Alexandra Cadantu and a 6-3, 6-1 win over Patricia Mayr-Achleitner to reach the semifinals.
Overall, the German has reached two finals (Monterrey and Tokyo), four semifinals (Sydney, Indian Wells, Stuttgart and Linz – still going on), and another four quarterfinals.
“Congratulations to Angelique on her qualification for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships – Istanbul. She will be a great addition to this year’s player field,” said WTA Chairman & CEO Stacey Allaster. “If Istanbul’s debut staging of the Championships was stunning, last year’s was even better, and I have no doubt the best will be saved for last. This has truly been a People’s Championships and our players are ready to show their best tennis in front of the amazing Turkish fans for the third and final time.”
The Top 8 singles players and Top 4 doubles teams will compete for a record-setting $6 million prize money purse.