Elina Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova complete WTA Finals Singapore 2018 field as Kiki Bertens falls in Moscow

Hannah Wilks in WTA 17 Oct 2018
  • Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova have qualified for the WTA Finals Singapore
  • Eight-woman field led by Simona Halep now complete
  • Defeat for Kiki Bertens at the hands of Aliaksandra Sasnovich in Moscow ends her hopes
Karolina Pliskova will be returning to the WTA Finals Singapore in 2018 as the Czech was the final player to qualify, completing the field alongside Elina Svitolina (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova qualify for the WTA Finals Singapore 2018 after defeat for Kiki Bertens in Moscow.

The player field for the WTA Tour season-ending championships is now complete as Ukraine's Elina Svitolina and the Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova have qualified in seventh and eighth place. 

Svitolina and Pliskova join Simona Halep, defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova and Sloane Stephens to round out the eight-player field for the WTA Finals Singapore, which takes place from 21-28 October 2018.

Sloane Stephens became the sixth player to qualify for Singapore when she entered this week's VTB Kremlin Cup in Moscow, despite losing her opening match to Ons Jabeur.

Pliskova, runner-up last week at the Tianjin Open, suffered a setback when she lost to former world no. 2 Vera Zvonareva 1-6, 2-6 in Moscow on Wednesday. Pliskova's defeat ensured that Svitolina had qualified for the WTA Finals Singapore, but left the Czech herself vulnerable, meaning that Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands could have ousted Pliskova from the field and claimed the eighth place had she made the semifinals in Moscow.

Ultimately however Bertens was unable to even reach the quarterfinals at the Kremlin Cup, losing 3-6, 6-4, 3-6 to Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus.

WTA Finals Singapore 2018: The field in numbers

PlayerCountryAgePoints2018 titles2018 win-lossPrevious WTA Finals appearancesWTA Finals best result
Angelique KerberGermany305,375Wimbledon, Sydney45-174 (2012-13, 2015-16)Runner-up (2016)
Caroline WozniackiDenmark285,086Australian Open, Beijing, Eastbourne40-155 (2009-11, 2014, 2017)Champion (2017)
Naomi OsakaJapan214,740US Open, Indian Wells43-180-
Petra KvitovaCzech Republic284,255Madrid, Doha, St Petersburg, Birmingham, Prague47-145 (2011-15)Champion (2011)
Sloane StephensUSA253,943Miami33-180-
Elina SvitolinaUkraine243,850Rome, Dubai, Brisbane39-151 (2017)RR (2017)
Karolina PliskovaCzech Republic263,840Stuttgart, Tokyo47-212 (2016-17)SF (2017)
Kiki BertensThe Netherlands263,710Cincinnati, Charleston, Seoul44-210-

Bertens's defeat means that there will be only two players among the original eight-woman field who are making their debuts in Singapore: Sloane Stephens, who won one of the biggest titles of the year in Miami and finished runner-up at the French Open, and US Open and Indian Wells winner Naomi Osaka. 

But Bertens, who won the title in Charleston and finished runner-up to Kvitova in Madrid before defying her reputation as a clay-court specialist by making the Wimbledon quarterfinals and winning the title in Cincinnati, should still be headed to Singapore as an alternate - and looks likely to take to the court, with world no. 1 Halep struggling with a back injury that caused her to pull out of Moscow.

Pliskova will be playing the WTA FInals Singapore for the third consecutive year, having made her debut in 2016 after reaching her first and so far only Grand Slam final at the US Open. The big-serving Czech reached the semifinals of the season-ending championships in 2017, having become the world no. 1 over the course of the season, but has struggled at times with underwhelming results in 2018, leading to a split with coach Tomas Krupa in August followed by recruiting Rennae Stubbs - with occasional assists from Conchita Martinez - to her team. 

Pliskova put together a nine-match winning streak on clay courts in the spring when she won the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix and went on to reach the semifinals in Madrid, scoring three of her four wins over top-10 players in 2018 during this stretch. The Czech also reached the quarterfinals of the Australian and US Opens and won her second Premier-level title of 2018 in Tokyo at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in September. 

World no. 6 Elina Svitolina will be playing at the WTA Finals Singapore for the second time after making her debut in 2017, when she went 1-2 in the round-robin stages. Svitolina had an excellent first six months of 2018 as she successfully defended her titles at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and Internazionali BNL d'Italia as well as winning the Brisbane International, going 25-6 from January to May - but struggled to back up those results in the second half of the year with a 14-9 record from the French Open to Hong Kong, although she still made the quarterfinals or better at four events. 

The draw for the 2018 WTA Finals, which is being played in Singapore for the last time before moving to Shenzhen in 2019, will take place on Friday 19 October and will see the eight players divided into two groups of four headed by Halep and Kerber. The players will then compete against each other in round-robin matches over the first six days of the event, with the top two players in each group progressing to the semifinals.

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Elina Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova complete WTA Finals Singapore 2018 field as Kiki Bertens falls in Moscow

The field for the WTA Finals Singapore 2018 is complete with Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova taking the final two spots in the eight-woman field after Kiki Bertens, the sole other contender, loses to Aliaksandra Sasnovich at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow

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