ST. PETERSBURG, FL, USA – The WTA introduced at present that World No.3 Karolina Pliskova has certified for the 2021 Akron WTA Finals Guadalajara, turning into the fourth participant to safe her place on the year-end finale.
Pliskova, from the Czech Republic, joins Ashleigh Barty, Aryna Sabalenka and Barbora Krejcikova who’ve additionally secured qualification, leaving 4 singles spots up for grabs. As well as, Katerina Siniakova, together with associate Krejcikova, and the all-Japanese pairing of Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara have certified in doubles.
Pliskova has reached the semifinal stage in her final three outings on the WTA Finals from 2017-19, and this yr will mark her fifth consecutive look on the year-end finale. Solely 4 energetic gamers have competed in additional WTA Finals, these being Serena Williams (9), Kim Clijsters (7), Petra Kvitova (7) and Svetlana Kuznetsova (6). In Pliskova’s WTA Finals debut in 2016, she certified in each singles and doubles alongside Germany’s Julia Goerges.
“I’m very proud to qualify for the WTA Finals for the fifth time,” stated Pliskova. “Taking part in on the WTA Finals means you’re probably the greatest of the season and that’s at all times the objective. I look ahead to competing and experiencing the town of Guadalajara.”
Pliskova, who leads the Tour in aces with 381, has earned her spot in Guadalajara after reaching three finals this season on three completely different surfaces – on clay on the Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Rome), on the grass of The Championships, Wimbledon, on the Nationwide Financial institution Open on laborious court docket (Montréal).
With 4 qualification spots in singles remaining for the WTA Finals, Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza took an enormous step in the direction of securing one in every of them courtesy of profitable the Chicago Fall Tennis Basic over the weekend. Muguruza defeated Ons Jabeur in Sunday’s closing to maneuver up two spots to No.6 on the Porsche Race to the WTA Finals, and is now solely six factors behind Maria Sakkari who occupies the No.5 place.
In doubles, Nicole Melichar-Martinez and Demi Schuurs boosted their qualification claims by reaching the semifinals in Chicago to cement their place at No.3. Daria Jurak and Andreja Klepac, who additionally reached the final 4 in Chicago, climb one place to No.8.
Guadalajara is taking part in host to the season-ending match for this yr solely, with the occasion returning to its house in Shenzhen, China in 2022.
The 2021 WTA Finals options the highest 8 singles gamers and doubles groups on the Porsche Race to the WTA Finals – which incorporates 51 WTA tournaments and 4 Grand Slams, competing in a round-robin format with the singles champion lifting the WTA Finals Billie Jean King Trophy and the doubles champions incomes the WTA Finals Martina Navratilova Trophy.
The Porsche Race to the WTA Finals Leaderboard is up to date every Monday and might be discovered right here.