- Defending champions Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina and Chan Yung-Jan/Martina Hingis become the first two teams to qualify for the 2017 WTA Finals
“We are excited to return to Singapore to defend our WTA Finals title,” said Vesnina. “We have great memories in Singapore and will try to play our best to win again. The moment we won last year was thrilling and we hope to recreate that alongside our fans.”
“Elena and I love to play doubles together and winning the title last year in a tournament with the eight best teams in the world was so much fun,” said Makarova. “We always look forward to coming back to the WTA Finals, as it is a great challenge for us.”
Chan/Hingis, from Chinese Taipei and Switzerland, began their partnership at the 2017 Qatar Total Open - Doha, reaching the semifinals on their debut as a team. The duo has since been crowned champions at five events this season: the BNP Paribas Open - Indian Wells, Mutua Madrid Open, Internazionali BNL d’Italia - Rome, Mallorca Open and Aegon International Eastbourne. Chan will be making her fourth appearance and Hingis will be making her eighth doubles appearance at the WTA Finals, where she has won the doubles title on three occasions in 1999-2000 (w/ Kournikova) and 2015 (w/Mirza).
“It is a great honor to be one of the first teams to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore,” said Hingis. “Chan Yung-Jan and I teamed up for the first time earlier this year and we have had great success with five titles. I feel very comfortable with her on the court and we are looking forward to achieving great things throughout the rest of the season and in Singapore.”
“This will be my fourth time competing at the WTA Finals, and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Chan. “The last two years in Singapore have been with my sister, and we have played against Martina many times, so it will be a fun new experience to play in Singapore with her on my side of the net.”
The top 8 singles players and doubles teams will compete at the 2017 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global in October.
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