Simona Halep books her ticket to the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, becoming the third woman to qualify behind Agelique Kerber and Serena Williams.
WTA Staff

WUHAN, China - Simona Halep has secured a spot at this year's BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. The Romanian joins Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams in the singles field.

Halep has secured her third consecutive qualification at the WTA Finals by reaching the semifinals with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Madison Keys at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open on Thursday. Both of her previous appearances were in the first two editions of the WTA Finals held in Singapore - highlighted by her win over then World No.1 Serena Williams in the round-robin stage in 2014 en route to the finals followed by last year's showing, where she defeated the 2015 US Open champion Flavia Pennetta in the round-robin stage.

"Congratulations to Simona on qualifying for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global for the third consecutive year," said WTA CEO Steve Simon. "She is an outstanding player who has enjoyed a very successful year with three Tour wins and fans in Singapore and following along around the world will enjoy watching her competitive spirit against the other top WTA athletes."

Simona Halep

Halep is one of four players to win three WTA singles titles in 2016 (also Azarenka, Kerber and Stephens), clinching her second Premier Mandatory trophy at the Mutua Madrid Open and back-to-back titles at the BRD Bucharest Open and Rogers Cup in Montréal, bringing her win-loss record to 43-14 (thru Wuhan QF). In addition, the 25-year-old reached two semifinals at the Apia International Sydney and Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati and four quarterfinals at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Miami Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

"It means a lot to qualify for the WTA Finals Singapore - it was one of my goals this year," said Halep. "It will be my third time in a row competing at the WTA Finals and I hope I play great. I have great memories from 2014 and am confident I can do well. I will be very focused."

The current Road to Singapore Leaderboard as follows (as of September 26, 2016):

RANK

PLAYER

RANK

TEAM

1

Angelique Kerber (GER) - Q

1

Caroline Garcia / Kristina Mladenovic (FRA/FRA) - Q

2

Serena Williams (USA) - Q

2

Martina Hingis / Sania Mirza (SUI/IND) - Q

3

Simona Halep (ROU) - Q

3

Ekaterina Makarova / Elena Vesnina (RUS/RUS) - Q

4

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)

4

Timea Babos / Yaroslava Shvedova (HUN/KAZ)

5

Karolina Pliskova (CZE)

5

Andrea Hlavackova / Lucie Hradecka (CZE/CZE)

6

Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP)

6

Chan Hao-Ching / Chan Yung-Jan (TPE/TPE)

7

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)

7

Bethanie Mattek-Sands / Lucie Safarova (USA/CZE)

8

Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP)

8

Julia Goerges / Karolina Pliskova (GER/CZE)

9

Madison Keys (USA)

9

Xu Yi-Fan / Zheng Saisai (CHN/CHN)

10

Johanna Konta (GBR)

10

Raquel Atawo / Abigail Spears (USA/USA)