SINGAPORE - It's official: Angelique Kerber, Germany's No.1 and one of the fastest-rising players on the tour over the last few years, will bring her unique mix of power and speed to the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global as the first alternate in the $6.5-million year-end finale.
Kerber, who was a part of the elite eight at the WTA Finals the last two years, missed that cut this year but will be right there waiting in the wings this year should anyone else be unable to compete.
"It has been a great year for me, and even though I won't be one of the Top 8 there, I'm still really excited to go to Singapore as the first alternate," Kerber said of the news on Thursday.
"I hope I get the opportunity to play some matches in Singapore but even if I don't get to play any, it's going to be an amazing week and we're all really excited to see the new venue and the city!"
Kerber's season has been highlighted by four WTA finals, all at Premier-level events, in Sydney, Doha, Eastbourne and Stanford. After reaching that final in Sydney in the second week of the year she rose to No.3 on the Road To Singapore leaderboard, and since then she has shown incredible consistency all year, never going lower than No.12 and never leaving the No.9-No.10 range since Wimbledon.
And the German has shown that kind of consistency on tour over the last several years - since first breaking the Top 10 on the WTA Rankings on May 21, 2012, she hasn't left the elite once, hovering between No.5 and No.10 the entire time since then. That's 125 weeks as of the end of this week.
All five players are entered in Moscow. Which one will come through? Watch this space!