CURRENT CHARLESTON @VOLVOCARSOPEN CHAMP @ANGELIQUEKERBER QUALIFIES FOR WTA FINALS
World No. 7 makes her third appearance at the WTA Finals,
wins four Premier-level events in one season
DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. – Angelique Kerber, the 2015 Family Circle Cup champion (now the Volvo Cars Open), has qualified for this year’s BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. She will make her third appearance in the WTA Finals, qualifying in both 2012 and 2013. She was first alternate in 2014.
Kerber has won four Premier-level WTA titles this season. Beginning with her win in Charleston at the Family Circle Cup, she went on to win the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, the Aegon Classic in Birmingham and the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford.
Kerber’s season soared following her title run in Charleston. In addition to capturing three more titles, she made the quarterfinals in Tokyo and Beijing, the semifinals in Nurnberg and Wuhan, and most recently the final in Hong Kong. She also reached World No. 7, her highest ranking since 2012, when she was World No. 5.
Kerber joins Simona Halep, Maria Sharapova, Garbiñe Muguruza, Petra Kvitova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Flavia Pennetta and Lucie Safarova in the WTA Finals singles field of eight.
Staged at the Singapore Sports Hub from October 23-November 1 in partnership with Lagardère Sports, the 2015 WTA Finals features the Top 8 singles players competing for one of the most prestigious trophies in women’s tennis, the Billie Jean King Trophy, while the Top 8 doubles teams will compete for the Martina Navratilova WTA Finals Doubles Trophy. With a record $7 million in prize money on the line, the round-robin singles competition will be the highlight of a 10-day tennis festival that will also include the WTA Legends Classic, WTA Rising Stars Invitational and a WTA Future Stars event.
“I’m very happy to have qualified for the WTA Finals again,” said Angelique Kerber. “After being an alternate last year, I am excited to get back on the court and compete against the top players in the world. I had a great season and really pushed myself to qualify for Singapore – especially as the event came closer.”
Kerber joins 2015 Family Circle Cup doubles champions, Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza, in Singapore. The World No. 1 doubles team qualified for the WTA Finals in July.
Tickets for the 2016 Volvo Cars Open are now on sale. For more information on tickets, call 800.677.2293 or visit http://www.volvocarsopen.com. Patrons can purchase single session tickets, or choose from a variety of ticket and travel packages.
About the Volvo Cars Open:
The Volvo Cars Open is the largest women’s only tennis tournament in the world. The tournament receives four days of live broadcast domestically on ESPN2, and is viewed internationally in more than 143 countries, featuring more than 200 hours of live and delayed global broadcast time, reaching 9+ million viewers worldwide. The event, formerly known as the Family Circle Cup, moved to Charleston in 2001 from Hilton Head Island and will celebrate its 44th anniversary in 2016.
—A. Alpino, Volvo Cars Open