Stephens qualifies for maiden WTA finals

Sloane Stephens

American Sloane Stephens has booked her place at the Oct 21-28 2018 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, organisers announced on Monday (Oct 15).

Two spots remain open for the elite eight-player field, with Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova in prime position to qualify for the round-robin tournament that offers $7 million (£5.3m) in prize money.

Halep played two Grand Slam finals winning the French Open crown and won titles in Shenzhen and Montreal, leading the rankings for 40 weeks this year. She has been at the top of the rankings for nearly the entire year even though her results had suffered as the season wore on.

Both Pliskova and Bertens could move in front of Svitolina with good runs in Moscow, but she will qualify if either does not.

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Despite the injury, Halep is still relishing in her season.

This means that Elina Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova and Kiki Bertens will decide the remaining two travelers to Singapore but it has to be said that Svitolina made a decision to skip Moscow, leaving the door open for both of her rivals to pass her and plague her chances of reaching the WTA Finals. She then lost in the first round at the U.S. Open. "I give everything I have the first part of the year and then it's hard for me to play", said Halep, who also reached French Open finals in 2014 and 2017 but lost both times. "I'm looking forward to meeting the wonderful fans in Singapore, exploring the city, and competing against the best players of the season".

"It has been an fantastic year, the best year of my life in tennis". "It's been very stressful, and I was anxious every day because I was waiting to see how I feel every morning I wake up. I want just to be better and ready to play the tournament". I know it's not an easy injury.

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