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Four Duos Vying For Three Istanbul Spots

Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik, Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai and Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua are in contention.

Published September 26, 2013 12:00

Four Duos Vying For Three Istanbul Spots
Ashleigh Barty, Casey Dellacqua

ISTANBUL, Turkey - With Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci clinching one of the spots in the doubles field at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul earlier this week, four teams are vying for the three spots remaining.

Those four teams still in contention are Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik, Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai and Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua.

Hsieh and Peng, currently through to the semifinals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open, will clinch a spot if they capture the title in Tokyo.

Looking ahead to next week, if Barty and Dellacqua fall short of the final in Beijing they will be out of contention for Istanbul and the other three teams in contention will clinch spots.

Petrova and Srebotnik's season has been highlighted by three WTA titles, including Miami. Though Makarova and Vesnina have been victorious just twice, it occurred at big events - Indian Wells and the French Open. Hsieh and Peng have secured a WTA-leading four titles in 2013, including Wimbledon. Barty and Dellacqua have just one WTA title to their credit, but were runners-up at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

Errani and Vinci also qualified for the WTA Championships in 2012, and Vinci also did so in 2001 with Sandrine Testud. Of the teams still in contention for the last three spots, the only players who have competed in the season finale previously are Petrova and Srebotnik. Petrova was triumphant in both of her appearances, in 2004 with Meghann Shaughnessy and in 2012 with Maria Kirilenko. Srebotnik made the field six times, highlighted by runner-up showings in 2007 with Ai Sugiyama and in 2010 and 2011 with Kveta Peschke.

Four of the singles berths in Istanbul have been clinched, with Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska taking four of the eight available spots.

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