Race to Fort Worth: Iga Swiatek and Ons Jabeur confirm places
The WTA have confirmed that World No.1 Iga Swiatek and defeated US Open finalist Ons Jabeur have secured their places in the series finals set to be played in Fort Worth, Texas.
Swiatek will make her second WTA Tour finals appearance as the event returns to the United States for the first time since 2005.
The World No 1 sports a massive lead at the top of the WTA Rankings and appears to have guaranteed that she will hold the top spot at the end of the year.
“I’m really excited to qualify for the WTA Finals this year for the second time in my career and I’m really looking forward to playing in front of the fans in Fort Worth,” Swiatek said.
Meanwhile, Jabeur will be making her debut as the season-ending tournament heads to the state-of-the-art Dickies Arena.
Jabeur has lost two Grand Slam finals to Swiatek this year but also made history as the first African and first Arab woman to win an ATP 1000 Masters title when she overcame Jessica Pegula in the Madrid Open final back in May.
“It is such an honor to qualify for the WTA Finals,” Jabeur said. “It was my goal from the beginning of the season to play the tournament and I can’t wait to compete as one the top 8 players in the world.”
American duo Pegula and Coco Guaff are on the brink of clinching their places in the season-ending event.
They sit just ahead of US Open semi-finalists Aryna Sabalenka and Caroline Garcia who are both also looking likely to make the event thanks to their strong recent form.
Russian No 1 Daria Kasatkina is quite well placed despite her precarious seventh place on the WTA Race to Forth Worth standings.
Kasatkina has a decent cushion over Simona Halep in eighth and the Romanian has announced her absence from the tour in the coming weeks after she underwent nose surgery last week.
The players with a very good shot at moving ahead of Halep in the coming weeks are current No 9 Maria Sakkari, Veronika Kudermetova, Paula Badosa and Madison Keys.
Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina looks unlikely to feature at the finals as she was not awarded any rankings points for her maiden Grand Slam triumph.
Former World No 2 Anett Kontaveit has fallen off the pace but a return to her favoured indoor courts could come just in time to propel the Estonian to Fort Worth.
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