ST PETERSBURG, FL, USA – The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced today that the doubles team of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova have become the first pair to qualify for the 2018 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, taking place from October 21-28.
The pair won back-to-back Grand Slam doubles titles at Roland Garros and Wimbledon this year, becoming the first team to lift both trophies in the same year in 15 years, when Kim Clijsters and Ai Sugiyama achieved this feat in 2003. Additionally, they became the first team to ever win the girls’ junior (2013) and ladies’ doubles (2018) championships at Wimbledon.
Krejcikova and Siniakova are set to make their WTA Finals debut.
“We are honored to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore this year and be one of the top doubles teams of the year,” said Krejcikova. Siniakova added, “Barbora and I are very excited and we look forward to some great matches this year in Singapore.”
Krejcikova and Siniakova first competed together at the ITF level in 2013 and lifted three junior Grand Slam titles that year at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open. The pair began their consistent partnership at the start of 2018, finding instant success by reaching the final in the season opener at the Shenzhen Open.
In addition to winning back-to-back Grand Slams this season, the pair also reached the final at the Miami Open and made semifinal showings at the Qatar Total Open (Doha) and Nature Valley Classic (Birmingham), helping them to become the first of eight doubles teams to secure their spot at the WTA Finals in Singapore.
This will mark the fourth consecutive year an all-Czech team has qualified for the WTA Finals, joining the success of Andrea Sestini Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka (2015-16) and Hradecka/Siniakova (2017), although they were forced to withdraw following an injury suffered by Hradecka.
Staged at the Singapore Sports Hub from October 21-28, the 2018 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global is a 10-day tennis festival featuring the world’s best players vying for a 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 Porsche Race to Singapore Leaderboard is updated each Monday (every two weeks during Grand Slams events) and can be found at www.WTAFinals.com.
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