SINGAPORE - The all-Czech duo of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka have officially qualified for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global after No.4-ranked Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina have been forced to withdraw from the tournament due to Makarova's lower leg injury.
Hlavackova and Hradecka are two-time major champions at the 2011 French Open and the 2013 US Open, and won a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games. After playing apart for most of 2014, the "Silent H's" reunited last fall to great success, finishing at No.9 on this year's Road To Singapore leaderboard after making the semifinals of Miami and Roland Garros, and winning a title at the Connecticut Open.
"[Qualifying for Singapore] was the main goal of this season and we reached it, so you can imagine how happy we were," Hlavackova told WTATennis.com"We knew it would take some time to get back to our top position in doubles, and though we are going to Singapore as the lowest seeds, we are still super happy to get there and excited to show our good form from the last few weeks."
The Czehcs last qualified for the WTA Finals in 2012, when they reached the final as the No.2 seeds, falling to Nadia Petrova and Maria Kirilenko after defeating Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond in straight sets.
"It was a different season," Hlavackova said of that week in Istanbul. "We had an absolutely amazing year behind us in 2012; we had won few tournaments, played our best tennis, and had all the momentum. The pressure was there but we handled it really well.
"Even though we lost in the finals it was one of our best experiences on WTA Tour and that's why we cant wait for Singapore."
Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina were the fourth team to qualify for the WTA Finals but Makarova, who also peaked at No.8 in singles this spring, has been sidelined since the US Open. Despite her best efforts, the Russian has found that she will not be ready for the rigorous demands that the tournament requires.
"I am extremely disappointed that I will not be able to participate in the WTA Finals in Singapore, as it was one of my goals for the season to qualify and compete there with Elena [Vesnina]," Makarova said in a statement.
"Unfortunately my injury has been slow to respond to treatment and although it is improving, I will not be able to perform at the level that I want to. I have great memories of the event in Singapore last year and I wish everyone involved in the tournament a great week and I very much hope to be back there in 2016."
Check out the full doubles field who will compete at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global: