Czech number one Petra Kvitova has qualified for the prestigious WTA Finals for the fifth straight year. Kvitova will be visiting Singapore for the second straight year and joins Simona Halep, Maria Sharapova and Garbine Muguruza for the event. World number one Serena Williams, the defending champion, has pulled out of the year-end championships.
“I am so excited to qualify for the WTA Finals for the fifth straight year,” Kvitova said. “I’ve been through some tough moments this season so I’m extra proud of myself for qualifying again and making it back to Singapore. Playing as one of the Top 8 is a big goal for me each year so I can’t wait to be back there, fighting hard and hopefully playing some great tennis in front of the Singaporean fans.”
Kvitova is a former champion at the WTA Finals. She won the event back in 2011 when this was staged in Istanbul, Turkey. She also reached the semifinals in 2013 where she lost to eventual finalist Li Na.
There are still four spots remaining in the elite eight field in Singapore and there are still nine players who have mathematical chance of making it to the Southeast Asian nation – they are Agnieszka Radwanska, Angelique Kerber, Lucie Safarova, Flavia Pennetta, Timea Bacsinszky, Carla Suarez Navarro, Venus Williams, Karolina Pliskova and Belinda Bencic.