- Williams will bid for her sixth WTA Finals crown in her 10th appearance at the prestigious year-end finale
- Australian Open champion Kerber will make her fourth appearance at the WTA Finals
The year-end event brings together the top 8 singles players and doubles teams to compete for $7 million in prize money.
Williams has amassed an impressive 29-6 record at the year-end finale, winning five singles titles from seven appearances at the Finals. The 34-year-old has claimed the Billie Jean King Trophy on each of her most recent four outings, including three successive victories from 2012 to 2014. This year will mark Williams’ 10th career appearance at the tournament.
Kerber, who just finished as runner-up at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, has secured her fourth appearance at the WTA Finals. Her first two appearances at the event were in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2012 and 2013 – highlighted by her win over then-No.4 Agnieszka Radwanska – followed by last year’s showing in Singapore, where she beat eventual runner-up Petra Kvitova in the round-robin stage. This year Kerber will be bidding to advance to the semifinals for the first time, after being only one set away from doing so in 2015.
“Congratulations to Serena and Angelique on once again qualifying for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global,” said WTA CEO Steve Simon. “These two athletes are incredible ambassadors for the sport and we look forward to them showcasing their best tennis in Singapore this October. Serena continues to break records and add to her already extraordinary career, while Angie is having the best year of her career so far and has firmly established herself as one of the brightest stars of the tour. They are both fan-favorites and their passion and energy on court will be sure to electrify the Sports Hub.”
Williams has spent the majority of the season on top of the Road to Singapore Leaderboard, claiming her 70th and 71st career singles titles by winning the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome and successfully defending her Wimbledon crown. In addition, she reached a further three singles finals at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, bringing her win-loss record so far this season to 33-5. Her triumph at the All England Club was especially poignant, with her seventh Wimbledon title equaling Stefanie Graf’s Open Era record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles. Her results this season have seen Williams extend her reign as the WTA’s World No.1 player, having now held the top spot for 307 weeks over the course of her career, sitting behind only Graf (377) and Martina Navratilova (332).
“I’m very proud and excited to qualify for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore,” said Williams. “I have great memories of winning the title in Singapore in 2014 and being supported by so many fans. I can’t wait to be back in Singapore later this year to hopefully win my sixth Billie Jean King Trophy.”
Twenty-eight-year-old Kerber has enjoyed her best season yet, compiling a 47-14 record, and reaching a career-high ranking of No.2 after clinching her maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. She also defended her title in front of a home crowd at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart for her ninth career singles crown. In addition, the German reached four more finals so far this season: her second Grand Slam final at Wimbledon (falling to Williams in a re-match of the Australian Open final), a silver medal at the Rio Olympics, the Brisbane International, and Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
“I’m so happy to have qualified for the WTA Finals Singapore for the fourth time,” said Kerber. “It is one of the most important events of the year and we all fight to qualify in the Top 8. I have great memories from my other experiences at the tournament and I hope to play some great matches and win the title.”
The current Road to Singapore Leaderboard as follows (as of August 22, 2016):
|1||Serena Williams (USA) - Qualified||1||Martina Hingis/Sania Mirza (SUI/IND) - Qualified|
|2||Angelique Kerber (GER) - Qualified||2||Caroline Garcia/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA/FRA)|
|3||Simona Halep (ROU)||3||Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina (RUS/RUS)|
|4||Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP)||4||Chan Hao-Ching/Chan Yung-Jan (TPE/TPE)|
|5||Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)||5||Timea Babos /Yaroslava Shvedova (HUN/KAZ)|
|6||Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)||6||Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka (CZE/CZE)|
|7||Madison Keys (USA)||7||Julia Goerges/Karolina Pliskova (GER/CZE)|
|8||Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP)||8||Xu Yifan/Zheng Saisai (CHN/CHN)|
|9||Johanna Konta (GBR)||9||Raquel Atawo/Abigail Spears (USA/USA)|
|10||Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)||10||Venus Williams/Serena Williams (USA/USA)|
The leaderboard is updated each Monday (every two weeks during Grand Slam events) and can be found at www.wtafinals.com.
Staged at the Singapore Sports Hub from October 23-30, the 2016 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global is an eight-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 WTA Finals Martina Navratilova Trophy.
The BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global made its record-breaking Asia-Pacific debut in 2014 and has seen continual growth each year. In 2015, more than 130,000 fans representing 51 countries attended the event, and the on-court action was viewed by over 32.5 million households worldwide during the festival of sport and entertainment.
In 2016, an exciting Family Day along with new ticket packages have been introduced to further enhance the fan experience, offering engaging activities both on and off the court. Passes and packages are now available on the WTA Finals website at www.WTAFinals.com, with single session tickets due to go on sale July 15. For the latest updates and insights, follow Twitter (@WTAFinalsSG), Facebook (facebook.com/WTAFinalsSG) and Instagram (@WTAFinalsSG).