By virtue of beating Ekaterina Makarova to reach the US Open final, Serena Williams has become the first player to qualify for the eight-woman singles field at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, to be held in Singapore this October.
From the start of the US Open fortnight the scenario was clear - Williams would qualify for the WTA Finals by reaching the US Open final. And she did it in style, not dropping a set through six rounds at the last Grand Slam tournament of the year.
Williams will be making her ninth career appearance at the WTA Finals, having won it four times, in 2001 and in her last three tries in 2009, 2012 and 2013. Her four titles at the WTA's crown jewel event trail only Martina Navratilova's eight titles and Steffi Graf's five, and tie her with Chris Evert's four.
"The WTA Finals is the ultimate goal of the season and I am excited to be back for another year and defending my title," Williams said. "I am looking forward to going to Singapore and competing against the best players in the world."
"Serena Williams has established herself as one of the greatest players all time," said Stacey Allaster, Chairman & CEO of the WTA. "Reaching her 22nd career Grand Slam singles final is a fantastic achievement and she has certainly earned the right to compete at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, where she is sure to be a fan favorite. Her success at the WTA Finals is an incredible testament to her ability, and we can't wait to see her at this year's event."
Williams' Road To Singapore could be punctuated by her sixth US Open and 18th Grand Slam title - but before getting too far ahead, she's already had several big moments this year, including five Premier-level titles at Brisbane, Miami, Rome, Stanford and, just a few weeks ago, Cincinnati.