Elina Svitolina has turn into the 7th participant to qualify for the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen, becoming a member of Ashleigh Barty, Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Bianca Andreescu, Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova within the eight-woman box on the season-ending tournament, which takes position in two weeks.
Svitolina is the protecting champion on the WTA Finals, having crushed 5 Most sensible 10 avid gamers in a row—together with Sloane Stephens within the ultimate—to win the development remaining 12 months, when it used to be held in Singapore.
“The WTA Finals holds a distinct position in my center because it’s the place I gained the largest name of my occupation remaining 12 months,” mentioned Svitolina, who additionally performed the development in 2017, falling within the spherical robin degree. “I’m very excited to qualify for my 3rd WTA Finals. I’m having a look ahead to visiting Shenzhen for the primary time.”
After a cast begin to the 12 months, achieving the quarterfinals or higher at 4 of her first 5 tournaments, Svitolina hit a little of a coarse patch, shedding seven of 8 fits between mid-March and the tip of June. However she’s had a step forward 2d part of the season, achieving her first two Grand Slam semifinals at Wimbledon, the place she fell to Halep, and the USA Open, the place she fell to Serena Williams.
The Ukrainian used to be one in every of handiest two girls to succeed in a couple of Grand Slam semifinals in 2019—the opposite used to be Williams, who completed runner-up at each Wimbledon and the USA Open.
“Sooner than I reached the Wimbledon semifinals, I used to be very disenchanted with my season,” Svitolina mentioned. “I didn’t get started badly, however I used to be like, ‘K, what’s happening?’ However then Wimbledon gave me that push, mentally, that informed me I’m doing the appropriate issues, to only keep sure and I’ll get there. Then some other semifinal.
“For the instant I feel I’m taking part in relatively cast. In fact there are some weeks which might be tricky, however you can’t be on the best of your sport each unmarried week. It’s important to settle for that. It’s important to transfer ahead. So I feel my season has been up and down, however after all, I’m satisfied the place I’m now.
“I’ll take a look at the whole lot in my energy to play smartly and to succeed in my objectives after all.”
Right down to Serena, Bertens and Bencic for remaining spot in Shenzhen
3 girls—Serena Williams, Kiki Bertens and Belinda Bencic—all have an opportunity on the remaining spot within the WTA Finals box, and all of it comes all the way down to the VTB Kremlin Cup in Moscow this week.
Serena isn’t competing in Moscow, however she’s the frontrunner to qualify for Shenzhen, lately sitting at No. Eight at the Porsche Race To Shenzhen. Bertens and Bencic, lately No. nine and No. 10 within the race, wish to achieve the overall of the Premier-level tournament to cross Serena and transfer into the Most sensible 8.
There’s only one factor: Bertens and Bencic are at the similar part of the attract Moscow, so it’s handiest imaginable for one in every of them to make the overall. If one in every of them makes the overall, they’ll qualify—and in the event that they meet within the semifinals, the winner will qualify. If neither of them makes the overall, Serena will qualify.
3 weeks left in Race to London, with two spots at ATP Finals nonetheless up for grabs
Final week on the Masters 1000 in Shanghai, Stefanos Tsitsipas was the 6th guy to qualify for the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals, becoming a member of the Most sensible Five avid gamers on the earth—Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Daniil Medvedev and Dominic Thiem—within the elite eight-man box.
Alexander Zverev and Matteo Berrettini are lately No. 7 and No. Eight within the Race to London with 2,855 and a pair of,525 issues, however with 3 weeks of tournaments to head, that may simply exchange.
The next screengrab is the Race as of remaining week’s tournaments:
Zverev has a 330-point cushion on Berrettini, however there are 5 extra avid gamers inside simply 400 issues of Berrettini: Roberto Bautista Agut, David Goffin, Fabio Fognini, Kei Nishikori and Gael Monfils. 3 of the ones 5 avid gamers are taking part in 250-level occasions this week: Fognini is taking part in in Stockholm, whilst Monfils and Goffin are taking part in in Antwerp. Champions at 250-level occasions earn 250 issues.
It’s additionally nonetheless imaginable that anyone from outdoor that staff catches hearth and qualifies for London.
Much more issues are for grabs within the two weeks after this: there are two 500-level occasions subsequent week in Basel and Vienna, adopted by way of the remaining Masters 1000 tournament of the 12 months in Paris.
Champions at 500-level occasions earn 500 issues; Masters 1000 champions earn 1,000 issues.
Krejcikova and Siniakova, Groenefeld and Schuurs spherical out WTA Finals doubles box
Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova and Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Demi Schuurs was the remaining two groups to qualify for the eight-team doubles box, becoming a member of Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka, Hsieh Su-Wei and Barbora Strycova, Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic, Gabriela Dabrowski and Xu Yifan, Chan Hao-Ching and Chan Yung-Jan and Sam Stosur and Zhang Shuai.
Krejcikova and Siniakova were one of the most most powerful doubles groups at the girls’s excursion the previous few years, successful Roland Garros and Wimbledon remaining 12 months and each achieving No. 1 at the doubles ratings. They’ve gained two titles this 12 months, at Toronto and Linz.
Groenefeld and Schuurs haven’t gained any titles in combination this 12 months, however they’ve reached 5 finals, all on the Premier point or upper—together with Premier 5-level finals at Rome, Toronto and Cincinnati.
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