SINGAPORE - By virtue of her title run at the Premier-level Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open on Saturday, Petra Kvitova has become the fourth player to qualify for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, joining Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep in the field.
The winner of the Wuhan final was going to qualify, and it was Kvitova who came through against WTA Rising Star Eugenie Bouchard, winning the match in straights in an hour and 20 minutes, 6-3, 6-4.
Kvitova has really made her push for Singapore in the second half of the season. She went into Wimbledon down at No.16 on the Road To Singapore leaderboard, far from the Top 8 that qualifies for the WTA's crown jewel event. But a fairytale run to her second Grand Slam title at the All-England Club and Premier-level triumphs at New Haven and Wuhan have now pushed her over the finish line.
The Czech was asked about her season turnaround during her run to the title in Wuhan.
"But I've had a great second part of the season. It all started a little bit at the French Open, and from there I just kept improving. I think early on I was expecting too much of myself, and it was really difficult to take the loss in my first round in Australia, but I kept working hard, and now I'm here."
This is Kvitova's fourth consecutive time to qualify for the WTA Finals, having achieved the feat in 2011 (winning the title), 2012 (falling in the round robin stage) and 2013 (reaching the semifinals).
? WTA (@WTA) September 27, 2014