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Tennis: Simona Halep secures return to WTA Finals Singapore

Simona Halep is the second singles player to book her place in the WTA Finals. Photo: WTA.

Simona Halep is the second singles player to book her place in the WTA Finals. Photo: WTA.

September 5, 2015: World No. 2 Simona Halep has qualified for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore for the second consecutive year, the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) announced. The Romanian joins World No. 1 Serena Williams in the eight-player singles field, with six more spots yet to be determined.

 

Halep will be making her second consecutive appearance at the WTA Finals, after reaching the final last year. Halep topped the Red Group with a 2-1 record, which included a 6-0 6-2 win over Williams, the eventual champion. She then defeated Agnieszka Radwanska in the semi-finals before losing a rematch against Williams in the final.

 

“I am so happy to have qualified for the WTA Finals in Singapore again, as it has been one of my goals for this year,” Halep said.

 

“Last year I had a great result, reaching the final and beating Serena in the group stage, and I will try my best to do even better this year. I have had a great season so far with many fans supporting me around the world and I hope to see many more fans this October in Singapore.”

 

Halep’s season has been highlighted by three WTA titles: her biggest to-date at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, along with the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and Shenzhen Open. The Romanian also reached the final at the Rogers Cup in Toronto and Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati and the semi-finals at the Miami Open and Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome.

 

Stacey Allaster, WTA Chairman and CEO, said: “Congratulations to Simona for once again qualifying for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. Simona has backed up last year’s breakout season with yet another stellar year on the Road to Singapore.”

 

Eight singles players and eight doubles teams will compete in this year’s WTA Finals, which will be held at the Singapore Sports Hub from October 23-November 1 in partnership with World Sport Group (WSG). Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza, and Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova have already qualified for the doubles.

 

With a record US$7 million in prize money, the singles competition will be the highlight of a 10-day tennis festival that will also include the WTA Legends Classic, WTA Rising Stars Invitational and WTA Future Stars events.

 

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

 

RANK PLAYER
1 Serena Williams (USA)
2 Simona Halep (ROU)
3 Maria Sharapova (RUS)
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 Radwanksa (POL)

 

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

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