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    Soooo....you're saying Serena has a chance (to make it and then (rightfully) withdraw)

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    News Release
    August 9, 2018

    Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova Become First Doubles Team to Qualify for 2018 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global
    Czech duo to make debut appearance at the WTA Finals

    First doubles team to win the girls’ junior title and ladies’ doubles title at Wimbledon
    Became first doubles team in 15 years to win titles at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon in the same year



    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.

    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.

    Click here to read more on Krejcikova and Siniakova's successful partnership.

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    August 13, 2018



    Simona Halep Clinches First Singles Qualification for 2018 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global

    With three titles in 2018, the current WTA World No.1 Halep books fifth consecutive WTA Finals qualification

    Halep is the only player to qualify for all five editions of the WTA Finals held in Singapore
    Earlier this year, the Romanian captured her first career Grand Slam title at Roland Garros
    ST PETERSBURG, FL, USA – The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced today that Simona Halep has secured the first qualification in singles for the 2018 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global set to take place from October 21-28, 2018 with $7 million in prize money to be played for.

    The WTA World No.1 will make her fifth consecutive appearance at the WTA Finals, and is the only player to have qualified for all five editions held in Singapore. On her debut in 2014, Halep reached the final, defeating then-World No.1 Serena Williams in the group stage before falling to the American in the championship match.

    “It is such an honor to qualify again for the WTA Finals in Singapore,” said Halep. “I love coming to Singapore and I have so many great memories. I can’t wait to be back and play my best tennis in front of the amazing fans.”

    Halep is riding a career-best season, lifting her maiden Grand Slam trophy at Roland Garros, where she defeated four Top 20 players en route to the title. The Romanian kicked off her 2018 season with a title sweep – in singles and doubles – at the Shenzhen Open and added her third title of the season at the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montreal. She also reached the championship match two additional times this season at the Australian Open and Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Rome).

    “Congratulations to Simona on qualifying for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global for her fifth time,” said WTA CEO and Chairman Steve Simon. “Simona has been one of the sport’s most consistent and leading performers over the last few years. We look forward to seeing her in Singapore competing to hold the prestigious Billie Jean King Trophy.”

    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.

  7. #22

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    Quote Originally Posted by TalkAboutTennis View Post
    August 13, 2018



    Simona Halep Clinches First Singles Qualification for 2018 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global
    She's also #11 on the list of all-time weeks at No. 1. That is nothing to sniff at. She deserves to be defined by her achievements and strengths rather than her failures and shortcomings.
    Last edited by MeganFernandez; 08-13-2018 at 10:52 AM.
    Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug.

  8. #23

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    Winning the French relieved all those comments from her
    2018 WTA French Open Champion, Australian Open runner-up and winner in WTA player of month voting for January

  9. #24

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    Halep's year end rankings for the past five years are really impressive - 3, 2, 4, 1 - and likely to finish no #1 again this year.

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    August 20, 2018

    Doubles Pair Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic Qualify for 2018 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global

    Australian Open doubles champions set to return to WTA Finals for second time as a team
    Babos returns to Singapore as defending champion for her fourth consecutive appearance




    ST PETERSBURG, FL, USA – The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced today that the doubles pairing of Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic have become the second team to qualify for the 2018 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, set to take place from October 21-28.

    Hungary’s Babos and France’s Mladenovic started the season by capturing their first Grand Slam title as a team at the Australian Open. They lifted their second trophy of the season at the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham and advanced to the final at the Mutua Madrid Open, as well as the semifinals at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

    “It’s an honor to qualify once again for the WTA Finals in Singapore this year,” said Babos. “Winning the title last year was an amazing accomplishment and I’m excited to return this year with Kiki.”

    Mladenovic added, “Timea and I have had an incredible year together, from winning our first Grand Slam title as a team to now qualifying for the WTA Finals. We look forward to competing among the best teams of the year. It is a big privilege to be part of this amazing event. We are excited to come back to Singapore and can’t wait to play in front of the great fans again.”

    Babos and Mladenovic return to Singapore for the second time competing as a team at the WTA Finals. In 2015, the pair fell in the round-robin stage of the competition.

    This will be the fourth consecutive year that Babos will compete in doubles at the WTA Finals. Last year, the Hungarian teamed up with Andrea Sestini Hlaváčková and captured the WTA Finals Martina Navratilova Doubles Trophy, defeating the No.1 seeded team of Latisha Chan and Martina Hingis in the semifinals. Additionally, Babos reached the WTA World No.1 Doubles Ranking in July, becoming the first player from Hungary - male or female - to reach the top spot in singles or doubles.

    For Mladenovic, this will be her third WTA Finals appearance in doubles, having reached the semifinals in 2016 partnering compatriot Caroline Garcia. The Frenchwoman also served as a singles alternate last year.

    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 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 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.

    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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    News Release
    September 10, 2018

    Angelique Kerber Secures Second Singles Qualification Spot for 2018 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global

    Wimbledon champion to make fifth appearance at the prestigious WTA Finals, where she was a finalist in 2016



    The German is the second of eight singles players to qualify for the year-end showpiece
    ST PETERSBURG, FL, USA – The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced today that Angelique Kerber has qualified for the 2018 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, set to take place from October 21-28, 2018. The German becomes the second player to secure her spot at the $7 million year-end event, joining Simona Halep who booked her spot in August.

    A former WTA World No.1, Kerber has enjoyed a stellar campaign to date, highlighted by winning her third Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon. Having also reached the semifinals at the Australian Open and quarterfinals at Roland Garros, she is the only player this season to reach the final eight in the first three Grand Slams of 2018.

    Kerber started her 2018 season by lifting the Sydney International trophy and also made back-to-back quarterfinal showings at the BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells) and Miami Open. With 42 match wins this year, Kerber has won 40 or more matches in six of her last seven seasons.

    “I am honored to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore this year,” said Kerber. “I have many memories of competing in Singapore, especially reaching the final in 2016, and I’m excited to be back and play in front of the amazing fans.”

    Kerber has secured her fifth qualification at the WTA Finals, most recently appearing in 2016 when she posted a 3-0 record in the group stage and reached the final, falling to Dominika Cibulkova in the championship match. Her first two appearances at the year-end event were in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2012 and 2013, and also Singapore in 2015.

    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.



    The WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sport with more than 2,500 players representing nearly 100 nations competing for a record $146 million in prize money. The 2018 WTA competitive season includes 54 events and four Grand Slams in 30 countries. In 2017, the WTA was watched around the world by a total TV audience of 500 million. The 2018 WTA competitive season concludes with the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global from October 21-28, 2018 and the Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, China from October 30-November 4, 2018.

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