WTA Finals 2018: Angelique Kerber confirmed for Singapore finale

Angelique Kerber has booked her place at the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore

Marianne Bevis
By Marianne Bevis
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Angelique Kerber Photo: Dubai Duty Free Championships

With just 40 days to go until the start of the WTA Finals in Singapore, Angelique Kerber has become the second player to secure her spot at the $7 million year-end finale, joining world No1 Simona Halep.

Kerber won her third Major singles title at Wimbledon in July, after also reaching the semi-finals at the Australian Open and quarter-finals at Roland Garros, making her the only player this season to reach the final eight in the first three Majors.

She started her 2018 season by lifting the Sydney International trophy and also made back-to-back quarter-finals at Indian Wells and Miami. Now with 42 match-wins this year, Kerber has won 40 or more matches in six of her last seven seasons.

This will be the German’s fifth qualification at the WTA Finals, her last appearance coming in 2016 when she reached the final. There, she lost to Dominika Cibulkova, who also ended her run in New York last week.

Kerber said:

“I am honoured to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore. I have many memories of competing in Singapore, especially reaching the final in 2016, and I’m excited to be back and play in front of the amazing fans.”

The tournament

The WTA Finals are held at the Singapore Sports Hub from between 21 and 28 October, where the best eight singles and doubles teams battle for $7 million in prize money. The singles players compete in a round-robin format with the winner taking home the Billie Jean King Trophy. The doubles teams compete in a knock-out format for the WTA Finals Martina Navratilova Trophy.

The Race

The winner of the Porsche Race to Singapore—the player who sits at No1 leading into the WTA Finals—will not only seal a spot at the season-ending tournament, but will also receive a new Porsche 718 Boxster GTS.

The current Singapore standings:

1 Simona Halep

2 Angelique Kerber

3 Petra Kvitova

4 Naomi Osaka

5 Caroline Wozniacki

6 Elina Svitolina

7 Sloane Stephens

8 Kiki Bertens

9 Karolina Pliskova

10 Elise Mertens

11 Serena Williams

12 Daria Kasatkina

13 Madison Keys

14 Julia Goerges

15 Anastasija Sevastova

16 Garbine Muguruza

17 Caroline Garcia

18 Jelena Ostapenko

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