Due to the results at the China Open in Beijing, the ‘elite eight’ draw for the WTA Finals in Singapore is officially set.
While Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova had already secured their spots in the tournament, seven other players were all vying to capture the remaining four spots in the year-end championships. Following strong performances over the past few weeks, and by virtue of Angelique Kerber and Ekaterina Makarova’s respective losses in Beijing, Eugenie Bouchard, Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic have all cemented their spots in the tournament.
“I’m excited to compete in my first WTA Finals,” Bouchard said. “The fans in Singapore were so enthusiastic when I visited in January for the launch of the Road To Singapore. I have worked hard all year on and off the court to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore. I am looking forward to returning later this month and hope to see some new members of the Genie Army at the Finals.”
Ivanovic also expressed excitement over the prospects of playing the year-end championship, which is being held in Singapore for the first time in the tournament’s history.
“It’s been my big goal since the beginning of the year,” she said. “Everyone really earns a spot there, and I feel like I’ve been playing so well the whole year. I was working hard towards this.
“The WTA Finals is a very special tournament because it’s only eight players. And we’re all excited that it’s in Singapore this year – everything looks so beautiful. We’re all very motivated.”
The BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global is scheduled to take place between October 20-26.