The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced today that Madison Keys and Dominika Cibulkova have secured their place at this year’s BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. The year-end event brings together the top 8 singles players and doubles teams to compete for $7 million in prize money.
- Keys and Cibulkova secure first-ever qualification at WTA Finals
- The American and Slovak join Kerber, Halep, Radwanska, Pliskova and Muguruza in Singapore
Keys and Cibulkova are set to make their debut appearance at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore. The American and Slovak join Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska, Karolina Pliskova and Garbiñe Muguruza in the stellar singles field, with only one more berth still to be claimed.
"Congratulations to Madison and Dominika on qualifying for their first BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global," said WTA CEO Steve Simon. "In reaching the Top 10 this year, Madison has clearly become one of the elite Players of our Tour and has earned her right to compete in Singapore with a fantastic season. Dominika has also had her career-best season, returning to the Top 10 after injury and winning three WTA titles. Both players’ tenacity and fight make them fan-favorites, and we look forward to welcoming them to Singapore."
Keys is enjoying a career-best season, breaking into the WTA Top 10 in June, and becoming the first American to enter the elite ranking bracket since Serena Williams in 1999. By advancing to the semifinals at the China Open, Keys reached a new career-high ranking of No.7 on Monday, October 10. The American won her second WTA title this year at the Aegon Classic Birmingham, as well as finishing runner-up at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia - Rome, and Rogers Cup - Montreal.
Other season highlights for the American include competing in her first Olympic Games, where she advanced to the semifinals, narrowly missing out on the bronze medal. She was one of just four players to reach the round of 16 at all of the Grand Slams this year, and advanced to the quarterfinals at the Miami Open and Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open.
“I couldn’t be more excited to qualify for my first WTA Finals," said Madison Keys. "I’ve worked harder than ever this year both on and off the court and I am happy that the hard work is paying off. I look forward to finishing my season strong in Singapore.”
The 2016 season has been a comeback year for Cibulkova, as the 27-year-old claimed three titles at the Katowice Open, Aegon International Eastbourne and most recently at the Generali Ladies Linz. Cibulkova reached three additional finals at the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL – Acapulco, Mutua Madrid Open and the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, which helped set a career-high ranking of No.8. The Slovak also advanced to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
“I can’t describe with words what qualifying for the WTA Finals Singapore means to me,” said Cibulkova. “After such a tough year last year, this year has been amazing - so reaching the WTA Finals is a dream come true. It was my goal to be a consistently great player and I have achieved that this year. I want to enjoy it, play good tennis and end the year the best way I can.”
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. For the latest updates and insights, follow Twitter (@WTAFinalsSG), Facebook (facebook.com/WTAFinalsSG) and Instagram(@WTAFinalsSG).