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Tennis: Ivanovic, Wozniacki, Bouchard, Radwanska into WTA Finals

Ana Ivanovic returns to the WTA Finals for the first time since 2008 after winning four WTA titles this year.

Ana Ivanovic returns to the WTA Finals for the first time since 2008 after winning four WTA titles this year.

October 3, 2014: Agnieszka Radwanska, Eugenie Bouchard, Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic – World Nos. 6 to 9 respectively – are the last players to confirm their places in the eight-strong singles field at this month’s BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced.

 

The quartet join defending champion Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova – World Nos. 1 to 4 respectively – at the season-ending event, which will be held at the Singapore Sports Hub from October 17-26. Li Na, ranked World No. 5, recently retired from tennis, but will attend the event as an ambassador.

 

Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO of the WTA, said: “The year-long competition on the Road to Singapore has been intense and exciting for our fans. With a combination of young rising stars and established superstars competing for the coveted Billie Jean King Trophy, every match will be like a Grand Slam final.”

 

The WTA Finals will feature the eight singles players competing in a round-robin event and eight doubles teams competing in a single-elimination draw. The singles draw will be held in Singapore on October 18.

 

Radwanska returns to the WTA Finals for the sixth time in seven years (2008-09, 2011-14), although the 25-year-old Pole has yet to better her semi-final appearance in 2012.

 

Bouchard, 20, will be the first Canadian to compete in the WTA Finals since Helen Kelesi in 1989 after a breakthrough season that includes semi-finals at the Australian Open and French Open, the Wimbledon final and her first WTA title at Nuremberg.

 

Wozniacki, a former World No. 1, reached the final of the 2010 WTA Finals. The 24-year-old Dane will make her fourth appearance in the tournament after a strong second half of the season, which included her 22nd career title at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup and runner-up finishes at the US Open and Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.

 

Ivanovic, 26, will make her third appearance at the WTA Finals, but her first since reaching the semi-finals in 2008, the year she captured her first Grand Slam at Roland Garros and ascended to the No. 1 ranking. This year the six-foot Serb has won the ASB Classic (Auckland), Abierto Monterrey, Aegon Classic (Birmingham) and Toray Pan Pacific Open (Tokyo), and reached two other finals.

 

For tickets, visit: wtafinals.sportshubtix.sg.

 

Source: WTA Finals (www.WTAFinals.com); Editing by SportAsia

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