WTA Race to Singapore: Debutante Jelena Ostapenko is seventh to qualify

Jelena Ostapenko has qualified for her debut appearance at the WTA Finals in Singapore later this month

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Jelena Ostapenko won the French Open back in May Photo: FFT

The 20-year-old French Open champion, Jelena Ostapenko, has qualified for her debut appearance at the WTA Finals in Singapore later this month.

The Latvian joins Garbiñe Muguruza, Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina, Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki in the singles field, with only one place remaining.

In her breakthrough season, Ostapenko not only scored her first Major title in Paris but her second career title in the Korea Open in Seoul. She was also runner-up in Charleston, a semi-finalist at the Wuhan Open, and reached her second Major quarter-final at Wimbledon. Following a third-round run at the US Open, she broke into the top 10 in September.

Ostapenko played her first full year on the WTA tour in 2016, and has since improved her ranking by 76 places to reach a career-high No8.

She said of qualification: “I’m extremely happy to qualify for my very first WTA Finals. I’ve had a great season and hope I can continue to play my best tennis in front of all the fans in Singapore.”

Staged at the Singapore Sports Hub from 22 October, the 2017 BNP Paribas WTA Finals presented by SC Global is an eight-day tennis festival featuring the world’s best players vying for $7 million in prize money and two of the most prestigious titles in women’s tennis.

The top eight singles players will compete in a round-robin format with the winner taking home the Billie Jean King Trophy. The top eight doubles teams will compete in a knockout format for the Martina Navratilova Trophy.

The winner of the Porsche Race to Singapore—the player who sits at No1 on the Race Leaderboard entering the WTA Finals—will not only seal a place at the season-ending showdown, but also earn a new Porsche 911 GTS Cabriolet.

Race to Singapore standings

1 Garbine Muguruza [qualified]

2 Simona Halep [qualified]

3 Karolina Pliskova [qualified]

4 Elina Svitolina [qualified]

5 Caroline Wozniacki [qualified]

6 Venus Williams [qualified]

7 Jelena Ostapenko [qualified]

8 Johanna Konta [lost in Beijing R64]

9 Caroline Garcia

10 Svetlana Kuznetsova [lost in Beijing R64]

11 Kristina Mladenovic [lost in Beijing R64]

12 Coco Vandeweghe [lost in Beijing R32]

Zhuhai Elite Trophy

Eleven players ranked from nine to 19 plus one wildcard who have not qualified for the WTA Finals have the chance to qualify for the Elite Trophy and a purse of $2.28 million in the week after Singapore.

Played in a round robin format, the best four advance to the semi and final knockout stages.

Among those in contention, aside from women still hoping to qualify for Singapore, are:

Sloane Stephens

Anastasija Sevastova

Madison Keys

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Elena Vesnina

Ashleigh Barty

Angelique Kerber

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