The WTA announced on Tuesday that the doubles teams of Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina and Casey Dellacqua/Yaroslava Shvedova have qualified for this year’s BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, joining the teams of Martina Hingis/Sania Mirza and Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Lucie Safarova in the doubles field of eight, with four more spots yet to be determined.
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Makarova and Vesnina will make their third consecutive appearance at the WTA Finals, with their best result coming in 2013, when they finished runners-up to Peng Shuai and Hsieh Su-Wei. The Russian duo has had a successful 2015, reaching three finals - at Wimbledon, the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and Miami Open - falling to Hingis and Mirza each time. They also reached the semifinals at the Qatar Total Open - Doha, Roland Garros and Aegon International - Eastbourne.
The collaboration between Kazakhstan’s Shvedova and Australia's Dellacqua began earlier this year at the Mutua Madrid Open, where they clinched their debut title as a doubles pairing. Following that initial success, the duo went on to reach the final at Roland Garros, Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati and the US Open. This will be Shvedova’s third WTA Finals appearance having qualified in 2010 and 2011 with Vania King. Dellacqua will be making her WTA Finals debut.
“The doubles field for the 2015 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global is taking shape, with two more outstanding teams booking their place in the season-ending finale,” said Stacey Allaster, WTA Chairman and CEO. “Ekaterina and Elena are the first team to qualify who have played together at the WTA Finals and Casey and Yaroslava are a new dynamic team fans will love to watch. I look forward to fans enthusiastically welcoming them to Singapore.”
Staged at the Singapore Sports Hub from October 23-November 1 in partnership with World Sport Group (WSG), the 2015 WTA Finals feature the Top 8 doubles teams competing for the Martina Navratilova WTA Finals Doubles Trophy, while the Top 8 singles players will compete for the Billie Jean King Trophy. With a record $7 million in prize money on the line, the round-robin singles competition will be the highlight of a 10-day tennis festival that will also include the WTA Legends Classic, WTA Rising Stars Invitational and a WTA Future Stars event.
Below is the current Road to Singapore singles leaderboard (as of Monday, September 14):
6.Caroline Garcia/Katerina Srebotnik (FRA/SLO)
7. Raquel Kops-Jones/Abigail Spears (USA/USA)
8. Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka (CZE/CZE)
9. Garbiñe Muguruza/Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP/ESP)
10. Alla Kudryavtseva/Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS/RUS)
Last year, new milestones were set at the WTA Finals with record highs for attendance, TV viewing and online audiences as fans from around the world traveled to Singapore and tuned in to the exciting 10-day sport entertainment extravaganza showcasing the world’s best female athletes. The event attracted 129,000 spectators, including 93,000 fans who attended matches at the Singapore Sports Hub, through the 10 days of on- and off-court sport and entertainment in the stadium, as well as the fan festival which offered free access to the public.
In 2015, fans and spectators of the WTA Finals can expect the WTA to amplify engagement efforts by building a deeper connection with the fan base, delivering richer, more compelling digital content and creating money-can’t-buy experiences – all in an effort to become the most fan-friendly sport entertainment experience on earth.
Tickets for the general public start at S$16.90 and can be purchased through Sports Hub Tix www.sportshub.com.sg/WTAFinals, the official ticketing partner of the 2015 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.