The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced today that Simona Halep has secured a spot at this year’s BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. The year-end event brings together the top 8 singles players and doubles teams to compete for $7 million in prize money. The Romanian joins Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams in the singles field.
Halep has secured her third consecutive qualification at the WTA Finals by reaching the semifinals at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open this week. Both of her previous appearances were in the first two editions of the WTA Finals held in Singapore – highlighted by her win over then World No.1 Serena Williams in the round-robin stage in 2014 en route to the finals followed by last year’s showing, where she defeated the 2015 US Open champion Flavia Pennetta in the round-robin stage.
“Congratulations to Simona on qualifying for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global for the third consecutive year,” said WTA CEO Steve Simon. “She is an outstanding player who has enjoyed a very successful year with 3 Tour wins and fans in Singapore and following along around the world will enjoy watching her competitive spirit against the other top WTA athletes.”
Halep is one of four players to win three WTA singles titles in 2016 (also Azarenka, Kerber and Stephens), clinching her second Premier Mandatory trophy at the Mutua Madrid Open and back-to-back titles at the BRD Bucharest Open and Rogers Cup in Montreal, bringing her win-loss record to 43-14 (thru Wuhan QF). In addition, the 25-year-old reached two semifinals at the Apia International Sydney and Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati and four quarterfinals at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Miami Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.
“It means a lot to qualify for the WTA Finals Singapore - it was one of my goals this year,” said Halep. “It will be my third time in a row competing at the WTA Finals and I hope I play great. I have great memories from 2014 and am confident I can do well. I will be very focused.”
The current Road to Singapore Leaderboard as follows (as of September 26, 2016):
|1||Angelique Kerber (GER) - Q||1||Caroline Garcia/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA/FRA) - Q|
|2||Serena Williams (USA) - Q||2||Martina Hingis/Sania Mirza (SUI/IND) - Q|
|3||Simona Halep (ROU) - Q||3||Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina (RUS/RUS) - Q|
|4||Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)||4||Timea Babos/Yaroslava Shvedova (HUN/KAZ)|
|5||Karolina Pliskova (CZE)||5||Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka (CZE/CZE)|
|6||Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP)||6||Chan Hao-Ching/Chan Yung-Jan (TPE/TPE)|
|7||Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)||7||Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Lucie Safarova (USA/CZE)|
|8||Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP)||8||Julia Goerges/Karolina Pliskova (GER/CZE)|
|9||Madison Keys (USA)||9||Xu Yifan/Zheng Saisai (CHN/CHN)|
|10||Johanna Konta (GBR)||10||Raquel Atawo/Abigail Spears (USA/USA)|
The leaderboard is updated each Monday (every two weeks during Grand Slam events) and can be found at www.wtafinals.com.
Staged at the Singapore Sports Hub from October 23-30, the 2016 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global is an eight-day tennis festival featuring the world’s best players vying for US$7 million in prize money and two of the most prestigious titles in women’s tennis. The Top 8 singles players will compete in a round-robin format with the winner taking home the Billie Jean King Trophy. The Top 8 doubles teams will compete in a knock-out format for the WTA Finals Martina Navratilova Trophy.
The BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global made its record-breaking Asia-Pacific debut in 2014 and has seen continual growth each year. In 2015, more than 130,000 fans representing 51 countries attended the event, and the on-court action was viewed by over 32.5 million households worldwide during the festival of sport and entertainment.
In 2016, an exciting Family Day along with new ticket packages have been introduced to further enhance the fan experience, offering engaging activities both on and off the court. Passes and packages are now available on the WTA Finals website at www.WTAFinals.com. For the latest updates and insights, follow Twitter (@WTAFinalsSG), Facebook (facebook.com/WTAFinalsSG) and Instagram(@WTAFinalsSG).