LINZ, Austria - Garbiñe Muguruza has secured her spot at this year's BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global after becoming the sixth player to qualify for the WTA's year-end event.
Muguruza is set to make her third consecutive appearance at the WTA Finals in Singapore, having qualified in the doubles field in 2014 with compatriot Carla Suárez Navarro and in both singles and doubles in 2015.
"I am very excited to come back to the WTA Finals in Singapore," said Muguruza."Two years ago I made it in doubles, and this will be my second year in a row playing singles - both times I had a great experience and am happy to be going back. There are still matches to be played before the Finals, so I want to keep going here in Linz."
Last year, the Spaniard went 3-0 in the round-robin stage of the singles competition, falling to eventual champion Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals. She also reached the final in doubles with Suárez Navarro. This year, the 23-year-old joins Angelique Kerber, Serena Williams, Agnieszka Radwanska, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova in the singles field with two spots still left up for grabs.
"Congratulations to Garbiñe on qualifying for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global," said WTA CEO Steve Simon. "Her fantastic year has solidified her among the eight best players in the world. Last year, she had a fantastic WTA Finals - going undefeated in the tough round-robin stage - and we are excited to welcome her back to Singapore."
After a breakout season in 2015, Muguruza kept the momentum rolling into 2016, clinching the biggest title of her career at Roland Garros - highlighted by her win over then World No.1 Serena Williams in the final. The Spaniard became the youngest first-time Grand Slam champion (22 years, 7 months) since Victoria Azarenka won the 2012 Australian Open aged 22 years, 6 months.
Other season highlights include two semifinal appearances at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia and the Western & Southern Open, and three quarterfinal runs at the Qatar Total Open , Porsche Tennis Grand Prix and the Toray Pan Pacific Open.
The current Road to Singapore Leaderboard as follows (as of October 10, 2016):
Angelique Kerber (GER) - Q
Serena Williams (USA) - Q
Simona Halep (ROU) - Q
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) - Q
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) - Q
Madison Keys (USA)
Johanna Konta (GBR)
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP)