Grand Slam champions Bianca Andreescu and Simona Halep have secured tickets for the WTA Finals in Shenzhen, joining Ashleigh Barty and Karolina Pliskova at the premium year-end event. Simona and Bianca are currently ranked third and fourth in the WTA Race and they are safe travelers for China, ready to fight for the big title and points there.
The Romanian lost the finals in Doha and Madrid, unable to defend the crown at Roland Garros before delivering her best tennis at Wimbledon to lift the second Major crown after a dominant victory over Serena Williams in the title match.
It was enough for Simona to earn enough points and secure the WTA Finals berth for the sixth straight year, reaching the final on debut in 2014 and failing to pass the group stage in the next three years before skipping the event due to an injury last year.
On the other hand, the young Canadian is set to make a debut at the premium WTA tournament, kicking off the season from outside the top-150 and finding herself in the top-5 after conquering three big titles at Indian Wells, Toronto and the US Open.
Bianca became the new tennis queen in New York, lifting the trophy on the US Open debut as the first teenager with the title at this level since Maria Sharapova in 2006. Bianca is currently in Beijing, playing the penultimate event of the season before heading to Shenzhen, hoping to deliver her best and challenge the toughest possible rivals en route to another notable title and perfect closure of the season.
"It is such an honor to qualify for the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen," said Halep. "It is always a goal of mine each season to qualify and I'm excited to play the event this year. I have been to Shenzhen before so I'm looking forward to being back in front of the great fans there."
"This has been an incredible year for me and I'm really looking forward to ending the season at the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen," said Andreescu. "I have always dreamt of competing at the WTA Finals and I'm so proud of all the work my team and I put in to get to this point."