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Tennis: Sanchez-Vicario joins Legends at WTA Finals Singapore

Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario will be an Ambassador for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, where she will also compete in the WTA Legends Classic. Photo: Getty Images.

Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario will be an Ambassador for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, where she will also compete in the WTA Legends Classic. Photo: Getty Images.

June 1, 2015: Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, winner of 29 WTA singles titles and 69 doubles titles, will play in the WTA Legends Classic at this year’s BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced.

 

This year’s WTA Finals features a record US$7 million purse and includes an expanded format featuring eight days of competition from October 23-November 1. The event will be hosted in Singapore through 2018.

 

Sanchez-Vicario, who joins fellow great Martina Navratilova in the four-woman WTA Legends Classic field, will also support and promote the Road to Singapore, the season-long campaign that follows the WTA stars, WTA Rising Stars and WTA Future Stars on their quest to qualify and compete in the season finale.

 

“I am so excited to be playing in Singapore for the first time since my first big overseas trip when I was 14 years old,“ said Sanchez-Vicario, who qualified for the season-ending finals 11 times during her career, finishing runner-up to Steffi Graf in singles in 1993, and winning the doubles title twice with Jana Novotna.

 

“I’ve heard so many great things about last year’s WTA Finals, and can’t wait to feel the energy of the fans for myself.”

 

Sanchez-Vicario, 43, is one of the most accomplished women in Open Era tennis. She won four Grand Slam singles titles, three of them on the red clay of Roland Garros (1989, 1994, 1998) as well as the US Open in 1994.

 

She also collected six Grand Slam doubles titles and in February 1995 became the second woman, after Navratilova, to rank No. 1 simultaneously in singles and doubles. In addition, she helped Spain to five Fed Cup trophies and is her country’s most decorated Olympian as a four-time medallist.

 

Stacey Allaster, WTA Chairman and CEO, said: “Arantxa is celebrated for her tenacity, spirit and love of the game, which enabled her to build an incredible connection with fans around the world.

 

“Tennis fans in Singapore are in for a treat as she joins an amazing line-up of past, present and future champions for a celebration of the world’s best – athletes who truly have the power to inspire generations to come.”

 

Road to Singapore Singles Leaderboard (Top 8)*

1. Serena Williams

2. Simona Halep

3. Maria Sharapova

4. Carla Suarez Navarro

5. Petra Kvitova

6. Karolina Pliskova

7. Caroline Wozniacki

8. Angelique Kerber

* May 25, 2015

 

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

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