Petra Kvitova and Caroline Wozniacki qualify for WTA Finals Singapore 2018

Hannah Wilks in WTA 4 Oct 2018
  • Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Kvitova have qualified for the 2018 WTA Finals Singapore
  • Australian Open winner Wozniacki is the defending champion at the season-ending championships
  • Three places remain unclaimed with Sloane Stephens, Karolina Pliskova, Aryna Sabalenka among the contenders
Caroline Wozniacki has become the latest player to qualify for the 2018 WTA Finals Singapore (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Kvitova have become the fourth and fifth players to qualify for the WTA Finals Singapore.

As a result of Thursday's results at the China Open in Beijing, Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki and world no. 4 Petra Kvitova have become the latest players to secure their places at the WTA Finals Singapore.

The season-ending championships feature the eight singles players who have accumulated the most ranking points over the calendar year and qualifying among the elite eight is regarded as a huge achievement, as well as carrying tangible rewards in the form of ranking points and prize money.

Wozniacki and Kvitova join French Open champion Simona Halep, Wimbledon winner Angelique Kerber and US Open victor Naomi Osaka, who became the latest player to qualify after winning a match in Beijing. Three spots remain open.

Qualifier Katerina Siniakova's defeat of Cincinnati champion Kiki Bertens was enough to put Kvitova over the top, despite the two-time Wimbledon champion having been eliminated from the China Open in the first round when she lost to Daria Gavrilova.

After Bertens lost, Wozniacki needed to reach the quarterfinals in Beijing in order to qualify and she did just that, avenging a straight-sets defeat to Anett Kontaveit in Rome earlier this year by beating the Wuhan finalist 7-5, 6-4. 

Kvitova's return to the WTA Finals Singapore represents a huge personal triumph for the Czech, demonstrating how successfully she has rebuilt her career and ranking after suffering career-threatening injuries during a traumatic knife attack at her home at the end of 2016. Kvitova was back in action by the following May and won the 20th title of her career in Birmingham in June, but it wasn't until the 2018 season began that the powerful left-hander began to look like her old self. 

Petra Kvitova (NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Kvitova didn't have much success in Grand Slams in 2018, but on the regular WTA Tour she led the way, compiling a 47-14 win-loss record and winning no fewer than five titles: The Premier Mandatory Mutua Madrid Open, the Premier-5 Qatar Total Open in Doha, Premier titles in St Petersburg and Birmingham and an International-level title on home soil in Prague. She put together two lengthy winning streaks, winning 14 matches in a row on hard courts in February-March and 13 matches in a row on clay in April-May.

This will be Kvitova's sixth appearance at the season-ending championships. She won the title on her debut in 2011, beating Victoria Azarenka in the final, and reached the semifinals in 2013. On her last appearance, at the WTA Finals Singapore in 2015, she finished runner-up to Agnieszka Radwanska.

'It’s a huge honor to qualify for the WTA Finals again,' Kvitova said. 'It will be my first time back there since I came back to tennis so it means a lot to me and has always been one of my big goals for the season. I can’t wait to visit Singapore again, especially in the tournament's final year there.'

Wozniacki will also be making her sixth appearance at the WTA Finals, having first appeared among the elite eight in 2009. Runner-up at the tournament in 2010, Wozniacki had her best result in 2017 when she won the title, beating Venus Williams in the final.

Caroline Wozniacki  (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
The last of the reigning Grand Slam champions to qualify, Wozniacki has struggled to match the spectacular start to her season which saw her finish runner-up to Julia Goerges in Auckland before claiming her long-awaited maiden major title in Melbourne, outlasting Halep in a marathon Australian Open final. Wozniacki also won the Premier-level Eastbourne title in June, beating Aryna Sabalenka in the final and compiled an overall 36-15 win-loss record so far in 2018.

'I’m very happy to qualify for the WTA Finals,' Wozniacki said. 'Winning the WTA Finals last year was a huge accomplishment for me, and helped my confidence leading into this season. I look forward to coming back to Singapore to try and defend my title.'

There are three spots remaining in the WTA Finals Singapore field, although the only remaining player who can secure qualification this week is Karolina Pliskova, who has yet to play Wang Qiang in the third round. Miami Open champion Sloane Stephens, Cincinnati winner Kiki Bertens and world no. 5 Elina Svitolina are still contenders, although all have already lost in Beijing. Wuhan champion Aryna Sabalenka and US Open semifinalist Anastasija Sevastova are both still in action at the China Open, with Sabalenka needing to reach the semifinals in Beijing to stay in contention while Sevastova must win the title.

*Geo-restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify

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Petra Kvitova and Caroline Wozniacki qualify for WTA Finals Singapore 2018

Three places remain unclaimed at the season-ending championships after Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki and world no. 4 Petra Kvitova secured their WTA Finals Singapore places thanks to results at the China Open in Beijing on Thursday

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