After reaching a Premier-level final at the WTA stop in Tokyo at the Tory Pan Pacific Open, Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is the latest star to bolster her chances of reaching the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai.
Pavlyuchenkova's claimed a pair of International-level titles in Monterrey and Rabat this season, but a runner-up showing in Tokyo marked her biggest career final since the Kremlin Cup at home in Moscow in 2015. As a result, the Russian rises two spots on the Zhuhai leaderboard this week.
Pavlyuchenkova is one of three Russians on course to shine in Zhuhai alongside Svetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Vesnina, while three Americans in Slone Stephens, CoCo Vandeweghe and Madison Keys also feature in the leaderboard.
Also making a move after a quarterfinal showing in Tokyo is Dominika Cibulkova, who won the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global last season, and could look to pull off the year-end career double in Zhuhai.
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Twelve of the best players on the WTA will have the chance to compete for an increased purse of $2.28 million over the week of Oct. 31 - Nov. 5 at the WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai.
The 12 qualifying singles players and one wildcard will join six doubles teams to compete in a round robin format, with the top four singles players advancing to the semifinals.