SINGAPORE - Dominika Cibulkova will round off a fantastic season by appearing at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global for the first time in her career.
Victory over Viktorija Golubic in the final of the Generali Ladies Linz confirmed Cibulkova as the eighth qualifier for the season-ending showpiece, joining Angelique Kerber, Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska, Karolina Pliskova, Garbiñe Muguruza and Madison Keys in the singles field.
The 2016 season has been a comeback year for Cibulkova, as the 27-year-old claimed three titles at the Katowice Open, Aegon International Eastbourne and most recently at the Generali Ladies Linz. Cibulkova reached three additional finals at the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL, Mutua Madrid Open and the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, which helped set a career-high ranking of No.8. The Slovak also advanced to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
"I can't describe with words what qualifying for the WTA Finals Singapore means to me," said Cibulkova. "After such a tough year last year, this year has been amazing - so reaching the WTA Finals is a dream come true. It was my goal to be a consistently great player and I have achieved that this year. I want to enjoy it, play good tennis and end the year the best way I can."
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) - Q
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) - Q
Johanna Konta (GBR)
Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP)