ISTANBUL, Turkey - Agnieszka Radwanska is the fourth player to qualify for the singles field at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul 2012, which will feature the world's Top 8 singles players and Top 4 doubles teams and will be held at the Sinan Erdem Arena from October 23 to 28, 2012.
"Agnieszka is having the best year of her career by winning three WTA titles and earning a spot in the Wimbledon final," WTA Chairman & CEO Stacey Allaster said about the latest qualification. "In addition to being an admirable and inspiring champion, Aga is an amazing ambassador for women's tennis and it comes as no surprise that she was voted as Fan Favorite last year."
"I am looking forward to returning to the WTA Championships this year," Radwanska said. "This is a goal for every player at the start of the season and I'm so happy to have made it. The WTA Championships is the biggest WTA event of the year and I look forward to playing against the best in the world."
Radwanska had been a fixture in the Top 10 for years but has taken it to a whole new level this year, reaching the quarterfinals or better at 10 of her first 11 tournaments (including winning three WTA titles, all at the Premier level, at Dubai, Miami and Brussels), reaching her first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon and making it as high as No.2 in the world (she is currently ranked No.3).
Radwanska was the first Polish woman since 1939 to reach a Grand Slam final.
The first three singles qualifiers were Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams. Three doubles teams have already qualified for the four-team field as well, namely Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond, and Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka.