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    NEWS RELEASE
    September 8, 2019
    ASHLEIGH BARTY AND DOUBLES TEAM OF ELISE MERTENS AND ARYNA SABALENKA QUALIFY FOR 2019 SHISEIDO WTA FINALS SHENZHEN



    Roland Garros and Miami Open champion Barty to make debut singles appearance at Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen, becoming first of eight singles players to qualify for the year-end finale
    The Australian is set to reclaim WTA World No.1 ranking on September 9
    US Open and “Sunshine Double” champions Mertens and Sabalenka to make their debut showing as a team at the year-end showpiece


    ST PETERSBURG, FL, USA - The WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) announced today that Ashleigh Barty and the doubles team of Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka have qualified for the 2019 Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen to be held in Shenzhen, China from October 27 - November 3 for a record-breaking $14 million in prize money.



    Barty becomes the first of eight singles players to secure her spot at the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen following a standout year that saw her lift her career first WTA Premier Mandatory trophy at the Miami Open presented by Itaú, her maiden Grand Slam singles title at Roland Garros, and become the first Australian woman to reach the WTA World No.1 ranking since 1976 (Evonne Goolagong Cawley).

    “It’s been a goal from the very start of the year to qualify for the WTA Finals in Shenzhen,” said Barty. “I’m proud of the work my team and I have put in to get to this point, and I’m honored to be among the Top 8 players of the season.”

    Following her title run at Roland Garros, the Australian extended her match win streak to 15 matches – the longest streak on tour this season – by capturing the title at the Nature Valley Classic (Birmingham), and reaching the round of 16 at Wimbledon. With three titles to her credit, Barty is tied for the most titles won in 2019 (along with Bianca Andreescu and Karolina Pliskova).

    The only player to reach the second week at all of the majors this season, Barty will reclaim the WTA World No.1 ranking on Monday, September 9, having held the top ranking for seven weeks earlier this season from June 24 through August 11.

    Barty made her debut showing at the WTA Finals in the doubles field in 2017 alongside Casey Dellacqua, and returned in 2018 with CoCo Vandeweghe after the pair lifted their career first Grand Slam doubles title at the US Open. She will become the first Australian to compete at the year-end showpiece in singles since Samantha Stosur in 2012, who filled in as an alternate when Petra Kvitova withdrew due to illness. Stosur was also the last Australian to qualify for the WTA Finals, reaching the semifinal stage in 2011.




    Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka secure their place in Shenzhen after winning their career first Grand Slam doubles title at the US Open on Sunday. Earlier this season, the Belgian-Belarusian duo clinched the “Sunshine Double” by lifting back-to-back trophies at the BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells) and Miami Open presented by Itaú, becoming the first doubles team to achieve this feat since Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza in 2015 – the same year they went on to lift the WTA Finals Martina Navratilova Trophy.

    In addition, Mertens and Sabalenka advanced to the semifinals at Roland Garros and quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

    “This has been an amazing year for us on the doubles court,” said Mertens. “It’s an honor to qualify for the WTA Finals for my second time, and I’m really excited to compete in Shenzhen with Aryna.”


    The 2019 Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen features the world’s best players vying for a record-breaking US$14 million in prize money and two of the most prestigious titles in women’s tennis. The Top 8 singles players and doubles teams on the Porsche Race to Shenzhen – which includes 53 WTA tournaments and four Grand Slams – will compete in a round-robin format with the singles champion taking home the Billie Jean King Trophy and the doubles champions lifting the WTA Finals Martina Navratilova Trophy.

    The winner of the Porsche Race to Shenzhen - the singles player who finishes in pole position and earns the top seeding at the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen - will not only seal a spot at the season-ending showpiece, but also be congratulated with a new Porsche. The Porsche Race to Shenzhen Leaderboard is updated throughout the season on Mondays along with the WTA Rankings and can be found at www.ShiseidoWTAFinalsShenzhen.com. Tickets to the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen are on sale at www.ShiseidoWTAFinalsShenzhen.com.


    Founded by Billie Jean King in 1973 on the principle of equal opportunity for women in sports, the WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sport with more than 1,800 players representing 85 nations competing for a record $179 million in prize money. In 2018, the WTA was watched by a record breaking global audience of 600 million. The 2019 WTA competitive season includes 55 events and four Grand Slams in 29 countries, culminating with the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen, offering an unprecedented $14 million total prize purse and honoring the season’s top singles and doubles players. Further information on the WTA can be found at www.wtatennis.com.

    Sabalenka added, “Shenzhen is a very special place for me – it’s where I started my season by winning the singles title and now, I’m looking forward to ending my season there – and hopefully with another trophy.”

    Mertens will make her second consecutive appearance at the WTA Finals, having competed in the doubles field alongside Demi Schuurs in 2018, while Sabalenka will make her debut showing at the year-end finale. They become the second of eight doubles teams to secure their position in Shenzhen following Hsieh Su-Wei and Barbora Strycova, who clinched their spot earlier this month.

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    September 15, 2019

    KAROLINA PLISKOVA SECURES QUALIFICATION FOR 2019 SHISEIDO WTA FINALS SHENZHEN

    Pliskova to make fourth consecutive appearance at esteemed WTA Finals after capturing a tour-leading fourth title in Zhengzhou
    The Czech becomes the second player to secure her spot at the year-end finale, joining Ashleigh Barty in Shenzhen



    ST PETERSBURG, FL, USA - The WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) announced today that Karolina Pliskova has qualified for the 2019 Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen, set to take place from October 27 - November 3. The Czech becomes the second of eight singles players to compete at the year-end event, joining Ashleigh Barty in Shenzhen, China for a record-breaking $14 million in prize money.

    Pliskova secures her spot in Shenzhen after winning her tour-leading and single-season career-high fourth WTA title of 2019 at the ICBC Credit Card Zhengzhou Open on Sunday.

    The Czech kicked off her 2019 campaign with a title at the Brisbane International followed by a semifinal run at the Australian Open, and added titles at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia (Rome) and Nature Valley International (Eastbourne).

    In addition, Pliskova’s season highlights include a runner-up finish at the Miami Open presented by Itaú and quarterfinal appearances at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells), Rogers Cup presented by National Bank (Toronto) and the Western & Southern Open (Cincinnati).

    “It’s always a goal of mine to qualify for the WTA Finals, and I’m proud to have done it for my fourth time,” said Pliskova. “I look forward to competing against the best players of the season and exploring the city of Shenzhen.”

    Pliskova has secured her fourth consecutive singles qualification at the WTA Finals, the longest active streak, as a two-time semifinalist in 2017, falling to eventual champion Caroline Wozniacki, and 2018, falling to eventual runner-up Sloane Stephens. In 2016, she also qualified in both singles and doubles, partnering with Julia Goerges in the doubles field.

    Known as the ‘Ace Queen’ across the Tour, Pliskova has led the WTA in aces served in three of the last four years (2015, 2016, 2017). She continues to lead the aces leaderboard with a total of 455 struck thus far in 2019, including 32 this week in Zhengzhou. Earlier this season, she achieved the milestone of 500 career wins by defeating two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka en route to her title in Rome. She currently holds the most wins on Tour this season with 49, ahead of Ashleigh Barty (45) and Kiki Bertens (43).

    The 2019 Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen features the world’s best players vying for a record-breaking US$14 million in prize money and two of the most prestigious titles in women’s tennis. The Top 8 singles players and doubles teams on the Porsche Race to Shenzhen – which includes 53 WTA tournaments and four Grand Slams – will compete in a round-robin format with the singles champion lifting the Billie Jean King Trophy and the doubles champions earning the WTA Finals Martina Navratilova Trophy.

    The winner of the Porsche Race to Shenzhen - the singles player who finishes in pole position and earns the top seed at the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen - will not only seal a spot at the season-ending showpiece, but also be congratulated with a new Porsche.

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    NEWS RELEASE
    September 17, 2019

    SHISEIDO WTA FINALS SHENZHEN ANNOUNCES MARTINA HINGIS AS LEGEND AMBASSADOR


    Swiss star to make her debut as a Legend Ambassador for the inaugural edition of WTA’s crown jewel event in Shenzhen
    Iconic champion will engage with fans, international media and sponsors and guests at the season finale’s first staging in new home

    SHENZHEN, CHINA – With 40 days to go until the inaugural edition of the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) today announced 25-time Grand Slam champion and former World No.1 Martina Hingis as a Legend Ambassador to the WTA’s season-ending event.

    Over the course of her illustrious two-decade career Hingis amassed 43 singles titles, including five Grand Slam crowns as a teenager – her triumph at the 1997 Australian Open, aged 16 years 3 months, made her the youngest Grand Slam winner of the Open Era. Shortly after, she ascended to No.1 on the WTA Rankings and she remains the youngest to ever achieve the feat, tallying 209 weeks at the top. Hingis also won 64 doubles titles (including 13 Slams) as well as five mixed doubles majors. In total she spent 89 weeks as Doubles No.1 and is one of just six women to reign in both the singles and doubles disciplines simultaneously.

    Among Hingis’s haul of trophies were two singles titles at the WTA Finals: in 1998 she defeated Lindsay Davenport in the championship match, while in 2000 she prevailed over Monica Seles. In addition, she won the doubles title three times – in 1999 and 2000 (both with Anna Kournikova) and 2015 (partnering Sania Mirza). She announced her retirement from the Tour at the 2017 WTA Finals in Singapore, when she was still co-ranked World No.1, with Latisha Chan.

    Having given birth to a daughter, Lia in February 2019, Hingis returns to the WTA’s season finale in a new role, which will see her participate in community and fan engagement activities, host tennis clinics and interact with fans and guests.

    “This is an exciting time for the WTA in China and I am thrilled to be part of the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen as the tournament arrives at its new home. I have had such great memories playing in front of my Chinese fans and I have always enjoyed competing in China, so I look forward to new experiences and meeting new fans in Shenzhen. Of course, I cannot wait to see our sport’s elite singles and doubles players in action on court,” said Hingis.



    The WTA Legend Ambassador program is an integral initiative by the WTA and Gemdale Sports to bring fans greater opportunities to interact with some of the greatest names in women’s tennis during the eight-day tournament from October 27 – November 3, 2019.

    Fabrice Chouquet, Managing Director of WTA Asia-Pacific and Co-Tournament Director of the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen said, “Martina Hingis is one of the all-time greats of our sport and we are thrilled to have her on board as we embark on our decade-long tenure in Shenzhen. The Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen is going to be an amazing showcase of the best in women’s tennis – Martina’s involvement will only enhance the stature of the WTA’s pinnacle event.”

    Eddy Liu, CEO of Gemdale Sports and Co-Tournament Director of the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen, added, “The Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen will tie together exhilarating tennis action with unforgettable experiences for the players, fans and guests. It is an honor for Gemdale to invite Martina Hingis to Shenzhen and it will be a treat for the fans to be able to meet with such a well-respected and outstanding global sporting icon. We look forward to welcoming Martina to Shenzhen and know she will have a memorable time here.”

    Tickets to the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen are on sale at ShiseidoWTAFinalsShenzhen.com where fans can also visit for latest updates on the event.


    Founded by Billie Jean King in 1973 on the principle of equal opportunity for women in sports, the WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sport with more than 1,800 players representing 85 nations competing for a record $179 million in prize money. In 2018, the WTA was watched by a record breaking global audience of 600 million. The 2019 WTA competitive season includes 55 events and four Grand Slams in 29 countries, culminating with the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen, offering an unprecedented $14 million total prize purse and honoring the season’s top singles and doubles players. Further information on the WTA can be found at www.wtatennis.com.


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