The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has announced that the field for the 2014 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global is confirmed as Eugenie Bouchard, Ana Ivanovic, Agnieszka Radwanska and Caroline Wozniacki have officially qualified. They will join Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Maria Sharapova and defending champion Serena Williams as the Top 8 players in the world compete head-to-head on the ultimate stage at the Singapore Sports Hub from October 17-26, 2014. “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.”
Bouchard is having a terrific season, highlighted by winning her first career WTA title at the Nuernberger Cup (Nuernberg) and impressive Grand Slam results. The 20-year-old Canadian made her career-first Grand Slam final appearance at Wimbledon and produced semi-final efforts at the Australian Open and Roland Garros. Additionally, Bouchard finished as runner-up at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open in China, a Premier 5 event. Bouchard has achieved the highest WTA ranking ever by a Canadian, vaulting to a career-best World Number 7 ranking earlier this year. The third Canadian to qualify in the event’s 44-year history, and first to do so since 1989 (Carling Basset, 1984-85; Helen Kelesi, 1988-89), she will be making her WTA Finals debut in Singapore.
Ivanovic is having her best year since 2008 when she captured her first Grand Slam at Roland Garros and ascended to the World Number 1 ranking. She has secured four titles this season, including triumphs at the ASB Classic (Auckland), Abierto Monterrey, Aegon Classic (Birmingham) and Toray Pan Pacific Open (Tokyo) and has advanced to the semi-finals at this week’s China Open in Beijing. The Serb also boasts a runner-up performance at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix (Stuttgart) and Western & Southern Open (Cincinnati). The World Number 9 will make her third appearance at the WTA Finals and first since 2008 when she advanced to the semi-finals.
The 25-year-old Radwanska from Poland has enjoyed success on the hardcourts this season, capturing a title at the Rogers Cup (Montréal), a finals appearance at the BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells) and boasting semi-final efforts at the AustralianOpen, Qatar Total Open (Doha) and Mutua Madrid Open. Radwanska will return to the WTA Finals for the sixth time in her career (2008-09, 2011-14), where she advanced to the semifinals in 2012.
After Roland Garros, Wozniacki sat at Number 27 on the Road to Singapore Leaderboard, but a strong second half of the season has vaulted the Dane to a Top 8 position. After starting the season with a 15-9 record, Wozniacki won her 22nd career title at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup and finished as runner-up at the US Open and Toray Pan Pacific Open (Tokyo), while posting a 31-9 record. The former World Number 1 will be making her fourth trip to the WTA Finals, with her best result coming when she reached the final in 2010.
The official singles draw ceremony for the WTA Finals will be held on Saturday, October 18, at 5:00pm, local time in Singapore. The 2014 WTA Finals will feature the Top 8 singles players in the world competing in a round-robin event, and Top 8 doubles teams competing in a single-elimination draw.
Tickets for the general public start at S$16.90 and can be purchased through Sports Hub Tix wtafinals.sportshubtix.sg, the official ticketing partner of the 2014 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.