ST PETERSBURG, FL, USA - After their incredible results throughout the 2017 season, it’s finally official - Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina and Chan Yung-Jan/Martina Hingis are the first doubles teams to qualify for the 2017 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.
Makarova and Vesnina are set to return to Singapore in defense of their 2016 WTA Finals title. The Russians have three titles this year - Wimbledon, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and Rogers Cup in Toronto, and have reached the quarterfinals or better in 10 of their 11 events this year. They have qualified for the WTA Finals in each of the last four years save 2015, winning the title in 2016 and reaching the final in 2013.
“We are excited to return to Singapore to defend our WTA Finals title,” Vesnina said. “We have great memories in Singapore and will try to play our best to win again. The moment we won last year was thrilling and we hope to recreate that alongside our fans.”
“Elena and I love to play doubles together and winning the title last year in a tournament with the eight best teams in the world was so much fun,” Makarova added. “We always look forward to coming back to the WTA Finals, as it is a great challenge for us.”
Chan and Hingis began their partnership at the Qatar Total Open, reaching the semifinals on their debut as a team. The duo has since been crowned champions at five events this season: the BNP Paribas Open, Mutua Madrid Open, Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Mallorca Open and Aegon International Eastbourne. Chan will be making her fourth appearance and Hingis will be making her eighth doubles appearance at the WTA Finals, where she has won the doubles title on three occasions in 1999-2000 (with Anna Kournikova) and 2015 (with Sania Mirza).
“It is a great honor to be the first team to qualify for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore,” Hingis said. “Yung-Jan and I teamed up for the first time earlier this year and we have had great success with five titles. I feel very comfortable with her on the court and we are looking forward to achieving great things throughout the rest of the season and in Singapore.”
“This will be my fourth time competing at the WTA Finals in Singapore, and I’m really looking forward to it,” Chan added. “The last two years have been with my sister, and we have played against Martina many times, so it will be a fun new experience to play in Singapore with her on my side of the net.”
Makarova and Vesnina are currently at the top of the Porsche Race to Singapore Leaderboard with 6,265 points, while Chan and Hingis are in second with 5,815.
The Top 8 singles players and doubles teams will compete at the 2017 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global in October 22-29 at the Singapore Sports Hub.
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