ST PETERSBURG, FL, USA - Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina will round out the singles field at the 2018 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, as the pair officially qualified based on results at the VTB Kremlin Cup in Moscow on Wednesday.
Pliskova and Svitolina join Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber, Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki and Sloane Stephens in Singapore to compete for $7 million in prize money.
Pliskova earned her spot at the WTA Finals after lifting two titles this season, at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix (Stuttgart) and the Toray Pan Pacific Open (Tokyo).
She reached her third final of 2018 at the Tianjin Open, and advanced to semifinals at the Brisbane International and the Mutua Madrid Open. Back-to-back quarterfinal appearances at the BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells) and the Miami Open presented by Itaú, as well as reaching the last eight at the Australian Open and US Open, also strengthened her grip on a qualification berth.
"I’m delighted to be appearing at the WTA Finals for the third time,” said Pliskova. "I have such great memories from playing in Singapore in 2016 and 2017, and I can’t wait to close out the year competing against the other elite players of 2018."
The Czech will make her third consecutive appearance at the WTA Finals, where she reached the semifinals in 2017 and was only halted by eventual champion Caroline Wozniacki. On her debut at the event in 2016, she posted a 1-2 record in the round robin stage, which included a win over World No.5 Garbiñe Muguruza.
Svitolina has posted a perfect 3-0 record in finals this season, lifting the trophies at the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp and defending her titles at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Rome).
The Ukrainian reached the quarterfinal stage at the Australian Open and made the round of 16 at the US Open, maintaining her Top 10 ranking all season long.
"I'm excited to qualify for the WTA Finals for my second time," said Svitolina. "Making it to Singapore is my goal every year so I'm happy to return and be part of the top eight players of the season."
In her first showing at the WTA Finals last year following her breakout season, Svitolina went 1-2 in the group stage, scoring a straight sets win over the reigning WTA World No.1 Simona Halep.
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