SINGAPORE - The all-Spanish team of Garbiñe Muguruza and Carla Suárez Navarro have qualified for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global after the No.3 ranked Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova were forced to withdraw due to a concussion the former sustained at the China Open.
Muguruza and Suárez Navarro will play the WTA Finals for the second straight year, having first qualified in 2014. Muguruza had already earned a debut berth in the singles event while Suárez Navarro remains in the hunt to earn the final singles spot; should she reach the Kremlin Cup final, the two would be the only women to qualify for both events.
As a pair, Muguruza and Suárez Navarro won two titles in 2015 at the Aegon Classic Birmingham and the Toray Pan Pacific Open, reaching finals at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and the Mutua Madrid Open. They also reached the quarterfinals of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open this fall.
For Dellacqua and Shvedova, it is a disappointing end to an otherwise fantastic year. The two reached to major finals at the French Open and US Open, losing to Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova and Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza, respectively. They won the Mutua Madrid Open and reached two more finals at the Family Circle Cup and the Western & Southern Open. It was in the semifinals of the China Open that Dellacqua took an unfortunate fall that caused her injuries.
"I am extremely disappointed to have to withdraw from the WTA Finals in Singapore," Dellacqua said in a statement. "Unfortunately since my fall in Beijing, where I sustained concussion and whiplash injuries, I have not fully recovered. My health is always my priority.
"So now that is my focus, to rest and recover so I am back to feeling 100% soon. Slava [Shvedova] and I have been one of the better doubles teams in the world this year and deserve our spot there, so I can't explain how upset I am for the both of us that I have to withdraw.
"I wish all the other doubles teams all the very best and hope the tournament is a great success for the organizers and especially the fans."