ST PETERSBURG, FL, USA – The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced today that Petra Kvitova and Caroline Wozniacki have qualified for the 2018 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, set to take place from October 21-28, 2018. Kvitova and Wozniacki join Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber and Naomi Osaka in the singles field, with three more spots left for grabs.
Kvitova owns a tour-leading 47 match wins this season including a tour-leading five WTA singles titles, highlighted by her third career WTA Premier Mandatory crown at the Mutua Madrid Open. She also lifted the trophies at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy, Qatar Total Open (Doha), J&T Banka Prague Open and successfully defended her title at the Nature Valley Classic (Birmingham).
The Czech star has earned her sixth qualification at the WTA Finals, having previously made five consecutive showings from 2011-15. On her debut in 2011, she went 3-0 in the group stage and defeated Victoria Azarenka to lift the WTA Finals Billie Jean King Trophy. In her most recent appearance in 2015, Kvitova reached the championship match, falling to eventual champion Agnieszka Radwanska.
“It’s a huge honor to qualify for the WTA Finals again,” said Kvitova. “It will be my first time back there since I came back to tennis so it means a lot to me and has always been one of my big goals for the season. I can’t wait to visit Singapore again, especially in the tournament's final year there.”
Wozniacki books her spot at the WTA Finals Singapore following a stellar year which saw the Dane capture her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, catapulting her back to the WTA World No.1 ranking for the first time in exactly six years. She also lifted the trophy at the Nature Valley International (Eastbourne) and reached the final at the season-opening ASB Classic (Auckland).
Earning her sixth WTA Finals qualification, Wozniacki returns as the defending champion in Singapore, where she defeated Venus Williams to lift the Billie Jean King Trophy in 2017. She is also a former finalist at the WTA Finals, having reached the championship match in 2010 when the tournament was held in Doha. Additionally, she has posted two semifinal results, on her debut in 2009 and in 2014.
“I’m very happy to qualify for the WTA Finals,” said Wozniacki. “Winning the WTA Finals last year was a huge accomplishment for me, and helped my confidence leading into this season. I look forward to coming back to Singapore to try and defend my title.”
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.
The winner of the Porsche Race to Singapore - the player who sits at No.1 in singles leading into the WTA Finals - will not only seal a spot at the season-ending showpiece, but also be congratulated with a new Porsche 718 Boxster GTS.
Tickets to the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global are on sale at www.WTAFinals.com, an immersive one-stop destination for all things tournament-related, bringing fans the latest news from the top players on their journey on the Porsche Race to Singapore.
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