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Tennis: Maria Sharapova secures return to WTA Finals Singapore

Maria Sharapova will return to Singapore for this year's BNP Paribas WTA Finals. Photo: Getty Images.

Maria Sharapova will return to Singapore for this year’s BNP Paribas WTA Finals. Photo: Getty Images.

September 11, 2015: World No. 3 Maria Sharapova has qualified for this year’s BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced. She joins Serena Williams and Simona Halep in the singles field of eight, with five more spots yet to be determined.

 

Sharapova, 28, is set to make her eighth appearance at the WTA Finals, after winning the title in her debut appearance in 2004. The popular Russian also reached the final in 2007 and 2012 and the semi-finals in 2005 and 2006. She has advanced out of the group stage in five out of her seven previous appearances.

 

“I’m very excited to return to the WTA Finals for the eighth time in my career,” said Sharapova. “I have had great success at the WTA Finals in the past and I can’t wait to get back to Singapore and compete. The fans are incredible and I am looking forward to their support.”

 

Sharapova has earned her spot at the WTA Finals due to her success this year, which includes two WTA titles at the Brisbane International and Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome and a finals appearance at the Australian Open. She also reached three semi-finals this year at Wimbledon, the Mutua Madrid Open and Abierto Mexicano TELCEL in Acapulco.

 

Stacey Allaster, WTA Chairman and CEO, said: “Maria’s return to the WTA Finals is fantastic for our fans.  Last year during the inaugural BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, the Singapore fans loved Maria’s exciting performances on court and her inspirational moments engaging with young fans. Maria is a consummate professional on the WTA and we are thrilled to once again welcome her back to Singapore to be part of an exciting 2015 season finale.”

 

Staged at the Singapore Sports Hub from October 23-November 1 in partnership with World Sport Group (WSG), Singapore Tourism Board and Sport Singapore, the 2015 WTA Finals features the eight singles players, battling for US$7 million in prize money, and eight doubles teams. The 10-day tennis festival also includes the WTA Legends Classic, WTA Rising Stars Invitational and a WTA Future Stars event.

 

Road to Singapore Singles Leaderboard (August 31, 2015):

 

RANK PLAYER
1 Serena Williams (USA) – Qualified
2 Simona Halep (ROU) – Qualified
3 Maria Sharapova (RUS) – Qualified
4 Lucie Safarova (CZE)
5 Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
6 Petra Kvitova (CZE)
7 Angelique Kerber (GER)
8 Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)
9 Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP)
10 Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)

 

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

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