SINGAPORE - The Russian team of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina has qualified for this year's BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.
Makarova and Vesnina are set to make their third appearance as a team at the WTA Finals in Singapore. The pair reached the final on their debut appearance in 2013, and fell in the opening round in 2014. The Russians also qualified for the year-end event in 2015, but had to withdraw due to an injury to Makarova.
"Congratulations to Ekaterina and Elena on qualifying for the BNP Paribas Finals Singapore presented by SC Global," said WTA CEO Steve Simon. "This team is a favorite in any tournament, and we are thrilled to welcome them back to Singapore."
Makarova and Vesnina began their partnership in 2012 and together have won seven titles, including two Grand Slams at 2013 Roland Garros and 2014 US Open. This year the Russian duo began the year as a team at the Mutua Madrid Open in April, where they reached the semifinals. The pair continued their success by clinching back-to-back titles at the Rogers Cup in Montréal and the Gold Medal at the Rio Olympics. In addition, they reached two finals at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome and Roland Garros. As a result, they have earned the third slot in the doubles field at the WTA Finals Singapore.
"It's definitely very exciting to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore," said Vesnina. "It was our goal when we started playing, started winning matches and started winning good tournaments, we knew that we wanted to be there. We were there two years ago and we really liked it. Last year, unfortunately, we couldn't go because of the injury. It's an amazing tournament - we have some great memories from there and we're really looking forward to being there."
"The WTA Finals is such a great tournament - and for our first year when we came out on the court, it was a full stadium for doubles," added Makarova. "It was so fun to play out there and the fans are so excited and supportive. The whole organization and the country, it's nice to be there."
The current Road to Singapore leaderboard as follows (as of September 12, 2016):
Angelique Kerber (GER) - Q
Serena Williams (USA) - Q
Simona Halep (ROU)
Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP)
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP)
Madison Keys (USA)
Johanna Konta (GBR)