Another Elite Eight Announced For Bali
Published October 25, 2011 12:00
BALI, Indonesia - The field for the Commonwealth Bank Tournament Of Champions - the annual $600,000 year-end finale for the WTA's International-level events, to be held in Bali next week - has been announced.
Marion Bartoli, Sabine Lisicki, Roberta Vinci, Daniela Hantuchova, Anabel Medina Garrigues and Nadia Petrova are the six direct qualifiers, with Ana Ivanovic and Peng Shuai receiving the two wildcards for the event.
"I'd like to congratulate all these players on their success in 2011 and I know they are excited to end their year at the Commonwealth Bank Tournament Of Champions in Bali," said Stacey Allaster, Chairman & CEO of the WTA. "The six qualified players have won a total of 11 WTA singles titles between them this year, and with the addition of defending champion Ana Ivanovic and Peng Shuai, I'm sure the fans will be in for a week of exciting competition."
"We are delighted to have such a strong player field in what will be the final year of operating the Commonwealth Bank Tournament Of Champions in Bali," said Kevin Livesey, the Tournament Director. "We look forward to welcoming them and I know that everyone in Bali is looking forward to an exciting event."
Vinci had the most success at the International level this year, winning three titles (Barcelona, 's-Hertogenbosch, Budapest). Lisicki and Medina Garrigues each won two titles (Lisicki at Birmingham and Dallas, Medina Garrigues at Estoril and Palermo) and Bartoli, Hantuchova and Petrova each won one (Bartoli at Osaka, Hantuchova at Pattaya City, Petrova at College Park).
Although they didn't snag any titles this year, Ivanovic and Peng have both had success in Bali, Ivanovic winning the title last year and Peng a doubles champ three years ago when it was a regular WTA event (Peng has also been shooting up the rankings this year - she started at No.72 and is currently Top 20).
"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."
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.