The Top 8 players on the final Road to Singapore Leaderboard qualify for the 2015 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore, presented by SC Global, featuring a record $7 million purse and an expanded format featuring eight days of competition taking place from October 23-November 1.
“Fans have been treated to exciting action in the first month on the 2015 Road to Singapore,” said WTA Chairman & CEO, Stacey Allaster. “We have seen great champions excel on court with Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova battling in the final at the Australian Open. We have witnessed a career resurgence from Venus Williams winning the title in Auckland and advancing to the quarterfinals in Melbourne. And the WTA Rising Stars, players like Genie Bouchard and Madison Keys, have emerged as contenders each and every week. The Road to Singapore will be a compelling story to follow this year.”
By reaching the final at the Australian Open and winning the title at the Brisbane International, Sharapova positions herself at No.2 on the Road to Singapore Leaderboard with 1,770 points.
Strong January performances placed new names in the Top 8 including WTA Rising Star Madison Keys (USA) and Ekaterina Makarova (RUS), as well as a pair of last year’s qualifiers – Simona Halep (ROU) and Petra Kvitova (CZE). A pair of Americans round out the Top 8 with 2008 WTA Finals champion Venus Williams at No.7 and Madison Brengle riding a breakthrough performance in Melbourne .
The next phase of the Road to Singapore includes a stop in Antwerp for the BNP Paribas Fortis Diamond Games, followed by the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and Qatar Total Open in Doha. The month of February also includes International events staged in Pattaya City, Rio de Janeiro and Acapulco as players have a chance to capture up to 2,120 ranking points.
The complete Road to Singapore Leaderboard will be available on wtafinals.com on Monday, February 2.