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Cibulkova, Kuznetsova Make Strides Towards Singapore

Cibulkova, Kuznetsova Make Strides Towards Singapore

  • Posted: Jan 01, 1970

Halep Books Return to Singapore

Just two days after celebrating her 25th birthday, Simona Halep secured her spot in Singapore for the third consecutive year by reaching the semifinal with a win over Madison Keys. Halep joins Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams in the Singapore lineup with the final five spots up for grabs.

Cibulkova, Kuznetsova Deliver Under Pressure

Dominika Cibulkova delivered in a big way with wins over Karolina Pliskova and Barbora Strycova on Thursday to set up a semifinal match against Svetlana Kuznetsova. The victories position her among the Top 8 on the Road to Singapore Leaderboard and also confirm her return to the WTA Top 10 when the latest rankings are released after Wuhan.

Kuznetsova, who now sits at No.10 on the Leaderboard, has enjoyed a late-career resurgence as she will reach her highest ranking since the 2010 French Open after Wuhan. Both players are jockeying for position on the Leaderboard, and a semifinal win will add 235 points to their totals.

Cibulkova has a chance this week to move as high as No.6 on the Leaderboard, overtaking French Open champion Garbiñe Muguruza. Kuznetsova, on the other hand, has a chance to climb into the Top 8 if she can capture the title in Wuhan.

Late Season Push for Kvitova

Petra Kvitova scored a win over current WTA World No.1 Angelique Kerber in the third round, which, arguably, could be considered the WTA match of the year.

Kvitova entered the week at No.21 on the Road to Singapore Leaderboard. Projected to climb to No.18 with her results so far, a run to a second Wuhan final – she was the inaugural Wuhan champion in 2014 – would push her to around No.12. If Kvitova, also a finalist in 2014 at Beijing, could complete a Wuhan/Beijing double, she would vault into the Top 8 and be in position to qualify for the WTA Finals for the sixth straight year.

Dominika Cibulkova

WTA FINALS – ROAD TO SINGAPORE UPDATE – Thursday, September 29th

SINGLES:

Qualified: Angelique Kerber, Serena Williams, Simona Halep

Next to Qualify: No more qualifiers this week. All eyes will be on Beijing

Current Projected Top 8 (Remaining 5 Spots)

Contenders for Top 8 in Action:
(Current projected cut off is 3,137; points trailing the current projected cutoff)

 Chan Hao-Ching, Chan Yung-Jan

DOUBLES:

Qualified: Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic, Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza, Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina

Next to Qualify: It is possible for two of three teams to qualify this week – Timea Babos and Yaroslava Shvedova will qualify if they defeat Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova in quarterfinal, and either Chan Hao-Ching and Chan Yung-Jan or Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova will book their ticket to Singapore with the title

Current Projected Top 8 (Remaining 5 Teams)

Babos/Shvedova

3975

QF vs. Mirza/Strycova

Hlavackova/Hradecka

3775

lost 2R vs Bondarenko/Chuang

Chan/Chan

3760

SF vs winner of Babos/Shvedova & Mirza/Strycova

Mattek-Sands/Safarova

3676

No.5 seed, SF vs McHale/Peng

Goerges/Pliskova

3270

lost to Atawo/Spears in 2R

Contenders for Top 8 in Action:
(Current projected cut off is 3,270; points trailing the current projected cutoff)

Atawo/Spears

-575

lost to Chan Sisters in QF

Xu/Zheng

-600

lost Atawo/Spears in 1R

Klepac/Srebotnik

-1130

lost No.2 seed Chan Sisters in 2R

Mirza/Strycova

-1280

QF vs Babos/Shvedova

WTA Finals: Get Your Tickets! 

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News | WTA Tennis English

News | WTA Tennis English

  • Posted: Jan 01, 1970

MONTERREY, Mexico – Hundreds of Monterrey locals got a chance to be up close with the WTA’s biggest stars as the Abierto GNP Seguros put on a colorful display at one of the city’s most popular avenues, San Pedro de Pinta.

World No.1 and Monterrey top seed Angelique Kerber joined Donna Vekic in a mini-tennis exhibition match, before covering each other – and the crowd – in colorful powdered paint.

The pair even took to the stage afterwards, joining a local band to sing some tunes at Monterrey’s weekly festival.

Check out the best photos below, courtesy of the Abierto GNP Seguros!

Angelique Kerber & Donna Vekic

Angelique Kerber & Donna Vekic

Angelique Kerber & Donna Vekic

Angelique Kerber & Donna Vekic

Angelique Kerber & Donna Vekic

Angelique Kerber & Donna Vekic

Angelique Kerber & Donna Vekic

Angelique Kerber & Donna Vekic

Monterrey band

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Radwanska & Pliskova On The Precipice Of WTA Finals Qualification

Radwanska & Pliskova On The Precipice Of WTA Finals Qualification

  • Posted: Jan 01, 1970

Road to Singapore leaderboard, Sunday Recap

RTS No.3 Agnieszka Radwanska and No.8 Madison Keys stay on course; RTS No.9 Carla Suárez Navarro crashes out; RTS No.11 Johanna Konta eases into second round

RTS No.6 Andrea Hlavackova / Lucie Hradecka lose tight opener; RTS No.8 Goerges/Pliskovaadvance comfortably

RTS No.13 Andreja Klepac / Katarina Srebotnik keep Singapore dreams alive by eliminating and ending the hopes of RTS No.9 Raquel Atawo / Abigail Spears

Click here for the complete China Open draws.

Monday Preview

If Keys loses to Kristina Mladenovic (4th match, Lotus, NB 6.30pm) then Karolina Pliskova and Agnieszka Radwanska will qualify for BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, regardless of their own results on Monday.

Karolina Pliskova

UPDATED LEADERBOARD

SINGLES:

Qualified: Angelique Kerber, Serena Williams, Simona Halep

Next In Line (Current Top 8):

How can they qualify in Beijing ?

(note: Scenarios will change if those currently in the Top 8 advance)

Pliskova – qualifies by reaching QF OR

· Keys fails to reach 3r (QF if Pliskova advances to 2r) OR

· Konta nor Kuznetsova reach final*

*both are in the same half so only one of these is possible

Radwanska – qualifies by reaching QF OR

· Keys fails to reach QF OR

· Konta nor Kuznetsova reach final *

*both are in the same half so only one of these is possible

Garbine Muguruza

Muguruza – qualifies by reaching final

Cibulkova – qualifies by winning title

Keys – qualifies by winning title

It is mathematically possible for Kuznetsova to qualify this week by winning the Beijing title BUT this would depend on a 2r defeat for Cibulkova.

It is no longer mathematically possible for Konta to qualify this week, even if she won the title.

Currently No.9 to No.13 with points behind current projected cut-off (3137)

It is interesting to note that four of the players that are battling for qualification – Muguruza, Keys, Kuznetsova and Kvitova are all in the same quarter of the Beijing draw, creating some potentially exciting matchups in the R16 at the China Open, a stage where Pliskova and Konta could also meet

DOUBLES

QUALIFIED: Garcia/Mladenovic, Hingis/Mirza, Makarova/Vesnina, Mattek-Sands/Safarova

NEXT IN LINE:

Shvedova/Babos

3975

1r v Savchuk/Wang (Mon)

Hlavackova/Hradecka

3775

Lost 1r (Arruabarrena/Kalashnikova)

Chan/Chan

3760

1r bye, 2r-King/Niculescu or Xu/Zheng

Goerges/Pliskova

3390

1r d. Aoyama/Ninomiya , 2r vs Hingis/Vandeweghe or Irigoyen/Maria

How do they qualify in Beijing:

Timea Babos / Yaroslava Shvedova qualify unless Sania Mirza / Barbora Strycova or Xu Yi-Fan / Zheng Saisai win the Beijing title OR by reaching the Beijing SF

Andrea Hlavcakova / Lucie Hradecka qualify unless Mirza/Strycova reach Beijing final or Xu/Zheng win the Beijing title

Sania Mirza, Barbora Strycova

Chan Hao-Ching / Chan Yung-Jan qualify unless Mirza/Strycova or Xu/Zheng reach Beijing final OR by reaching the Beijing Final

Julia Goerges / Karolina Pliskova qualify by advancing to the same round or better than Mirza/Strycova and Xu/Zheng and if Klepac/Srebotnik don’t win Beijing title**

Remaining Teams in Possible Contention (points behind current cut-off)

Atawo/Spears

-575

l. 1r Klepac/Srebotnik; cannot finish Top 8

Xu/Zheng

-720

Must reach at least QFs to stay in contention**

1r vs King/Nicuescu (Mon)

Mirza/Strycova

-1005

Must reach at least QFs to stay in contention**

(same quarter as Goerges/Pliskova)

1r – bye; 2r vs Dabrowski/Martinez Sanchez

Klepac/Srebotnik

-1230

8th at best, must win Beijing to stay in contention and Goerges/Pliskova do not reach SF

1r d Atawo/Spears, 2r vs Arruabarrena/Kalashnikova

**this will change and require a better result if Goerges/Pliskova advance.

WTA Finals: Get Your Tickets!

All photos courtesy of Getty Images.

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Halep & Kvitova Light Up The Beijing Player Party

Halep & Kvitova Light Up The Beijing Player Party

  • Posted: Jan 01, 1970

BEIJING, China – The WTA’s biggest names were out in full force to celebrate the final Premier Mandatory event of the year at the China Open, but this was no average player party.

Angelique Kerber, Garbiñe Muguruza, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova and Caroline Wozniacki were among the names to hit the Beijing National Stadium – the iconic “Bird’s Nest Stadium” that played host to the 2008 Olympics’ Opening Ceremony – and took part in the China Open gala celebration.

The gala also served as the kickoff to the Song Qingling Foundation, which works to promote the development of tennis among Chinese children and teenagers.

Click below to check out the best photos of the night, courtesy of Visual China Group!

China Open Player Party

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Singapore Field Narrows As China Open Combatants Fight For Finals Spots

Singapore Field Narrows As China Open Combatants Fight For Finals Spots

  • Posted: Jan 01, 1970

WEDNESDAY IN BEIJING: Madison Keys (RTS #8) plays Svetlana Kuznetsova (RTS #10) and Garbiñe Muguruza (RTS #6) will play Petra Kvitova (RTS #12) in what could be a decisive day on the Road to Singapore leaderboard. Who will hit the speed bumps? Who will stay on track?

Here is a player-by-player breakdown of who can qualify this week…

MUGURUZA: In its simplest form, Muguruza needs to win at least one more match. She can qualify for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global by reaching the quarterfinals AND Kuznetsova and Konta not reaching the semifinals. She can also secure qualification by advancing to the semifinals this week, regardless of other results.

KEYS: Keys can qualify by reaching the final (she is in the same half as Kuznetsova and Kvitova) and if Konta does not reach quarterfinals. She can secure qualification regardless, if she can win the title.

KUZNETSOVA: Kuznetsova qualifies for the WTA Finals by winning the title

Additionally, Kvitova will need to reach the Beijing final to become part of the mix of being an alternate in Singapore. She is also entered into Luxembourg.

Garbine Muguruza

SINGLES:

Qualified: Angelique Kerber, Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska, Karolina Pliskova

Next In Line (Current Top 8):

Currently No.9 to No.13 with points behind current projected cut-off (3257)

Dominika Cibulkova

Who is Playing Where?

Muguruza: currently not entered in any other events

Cibulkova: Moscow

Keys: currently not entered in any other events

Konta: Hong Kong

Kuznetsova: Tianjin

Kvitova: Luxembourg

Sania Mirza, Barbora Strycova

DOUBLES QUALIFICATION UPDATE

Doubles stays the same as yesterday…

If Sania Mirza / Barbora Strycova lose, Timea Babos / Yaroslava Shvedova, Andrea Hlavackova / Lucie Hradecka, Chan Hao-Ching / Chan Yung-Jan all qualify for WTA Finals

If Mirza/Strycova AND Andreja Klepac / Katarina Srebotnik lose, the doubles field will be set as Babos/Shvedova, Hlavackova/Hradecka, Chan Sisters and Karolina Pliskova / Julia Goerges will each qualify for the WTA Finals

QUALIFIED: Caroline Garcia / Kristina Mladenovic, Martina Hingis / Sania Mirza, Ekaterina Makarova / Elena Vesnina, Bethanie Mattek-Sands / Lucie Safarova

NEXT IN LINE:

Babos/Shvedova

3975

2r vs. Bacsinszky/Ostapenko

Hlavackova/Hradecka

3775

Lost 1r (Arruabarrena/Kalashnikova)

Chan/Chan

3760

1r bye, 2r vs. King/Niculescu

Goerges/Pliskova

3390

2r vs Hingis/Vandeweghe

Remaining Teams in Possible Contention (points behind current cut-off)

Mirza/Strycova

-1005

Must reach at least QFs to stay in contention**

(same quarter as Goerges/Pliskova)

1r – bye; 2r vs Dabrowski/Martinez Sanchez

Klepac/Srebotnik

-1230

8that best, must win Beijing to stay in contention and Goerges/Pliskova do not reach SF

2r vs Arruabarrena/Kalashnikova

All photos courtesy of Getty Images.

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