SOFIA, Bulgaria - What would a year-end event be without representatives from two of the greatest tennis-playing countries of all time? Spain and France's No.1 players have been announced as the fifth and sixth players in the eight-woman field for the Garanti Koza WTA Tournament Of Champions.
Carla Suárez Navarro, Spain's No.1 player, has been having her best season to date on the tour, highlighted by winning the first WTA title of her career at Oeiras, her fourth Grand Slam quarterfinal at Roland Garros and three Top 10 wins over Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova.
Suárez Navarro will be playing the Tournament Of Champions for the first time.
French No.1 Alizé Cornet is also headed to Sofia after one of the best years of her own career, capturing her fourth WTA title at Katowice, reaching another two finals at Dubai and Guangzhou and, just two weeks ago, breaking back into the Top 20 for the first time in more than five years.
Cornet has also been an absolute thorn in the side of Serena Williams this year, beating the World No.1 all three times they've met at Dubai, Wimbledon and Wuhan. Williams hasn't lost to the same player three times in a season since all the way back in 2007, when Justine Henin did it.
Cornet has played the Tournament Of Champions once before, falling in the round robin in 2013.
Sofia welcomes eight players every year - the six highest-ranked International title winners and two wildcards who aren't competing at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.