· WTA Rising Stars Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep look to qualify for WTA Finals for first time
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - With three Grand Slams and three of the four biggest WTA events already staged this year – the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Sony Open in Miami, and Mutua Madrid Open – the player field for the year-end BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global is beginning to take shape.
Kvitova entered Wimbledon ranked No.16 in the Road to Singapore Leaderboard and as a result of capturing her first title of 2014, solidifies her position to qualify for a return to the WTA Finals for a fourth consecutive year.
Together, Bouchard and Halep are the only two WTA players who have reached the quarterfinals or better at each of the Grand Slams this year. They are both bidding to make their WTA Finals debut this year in Singapore.
Bouchard has won 16 of her last 19 matches, highlighted by winning her first career title at Nürnberg, reaching the semifinals at Roland Garros and becoming the first Canadian – man or woman – to advance to a Grand Slam final at Wimbledon. Ranked No.13 on the Road to Singapore Leaderboard nearly a month ago, Bouchard's recent results have seen her vault up the standings to No.4, positioning herself as a likely qualifier to the year-end WTA Finals.
Halep became the first Romanian woman to advance to a Grand Slam final at Roland Garros in 34 years and followed up her performance by reaching the semifinals at Wimbledon. With a title at Doha earlier this year, and runner-up efforts at Madrid and Roland Garros, Halep's rise continues, currently holding the No.2 spot in the Leaderboard.
Sharapova, the only player to win title at both a Grand Slam (Roland Garros) and Premier Mandatory (Madrid), currently owns the top spot on the Road to Singapore Leaderboard.
The 2014 WTA Finals will feature the Top 8 singles players competing in a round-robin event, while the Top 8 doubles teams will be competing in a single-elimination draw. The Road to Singapore Leaderboard is based on ranking points earned during the 2014 season.
Singapore will become the ninth different city to host the WTA Finals following Boca Raton (1972-73), Los Angeles (1974-1976, 2002-2005), Oakland (1978), New York City (1977, 1979-2000), Munich (2001), Madrid (2006-07), Doha (2008-10) and Istanbul (2011-13).
SINGLES: ROAD TO SINGAPORE LEADERBOARD - AS OF MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014
Maris Sharapova (RUS)
Simona Halep (ROU)
Li Na (CHN)
Eugenie Bocuhard (CAN)
Petra Kvitova (CZE)
Serena Williams (USA)
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
Angelique Kerber (GER)