China's Peng Receives Second Bali Wildcard
Published October 20, 2011 12:00
BALI, Indonesia - Though the complete field for the Commonwealth Bank Tournament Of Champions is still somewhat up in the air as the last International-level tournament of the year takes place in Luxembourg this week, Tournament Director Kevin Livesey has ended speculation about who will join defending champion Ana Ivanovic as a wildcard into the event.
The highly sought-after spot has gone to China's Peng Shuai, who has put together a career-best season, starting 2011 ranked No.72 in the world and going as high as No.14 the week before the US Open (she is now No.16). She is only the third Chinese to crack the Top 15, after Li Na and Zheng Jie.
In addition to reaching her fourth WTA final at Brussels, Peng has been to four semifinals (Auckland, Hobart, Charleston and Birmingham) and another five quarterfinals (Pattaya City, Doha, Indian Wells, Carlsbad and Cincinnati). She also scored her best Grand Slam appearances, fourth round finishes at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open. She is 53-20 in 2011.
"Peng Shuai is not only one of the most talented and exciting players in Asia, but she had made her mark across the world in both singles and doubles," Livesey said. "She is no stranger to Bali after she claimed the doubles title in 2008, and we are confident that she will once again be a fan favorite as she returns to Bali for the Commonwealth Bank Tournament Of Champions."
Currently leading the way for the six other spots are Marion Bartoli, Andrea Petkovic, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Sabine Lisicki, Roberta Vinci and Daniela Hantuchova, but this week's results in Moscow (if Bartoli wins that title she will qualify for Istanbul and not be able to play in Bali) and Luxembourg (where Julia Goerges is among those going for the last International-level title of the year) will determine the complete line-up for the eight-woman event.
The third annual Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions is scheduled for November 3 to 6 at the Bali International Convention Centre. Featuring top WTA players and next generation champions competing in an eight woman, single elimination singles format (with the singles final and third/fourth-place play-off on finals day), it offers $600,000 prize money.