The doubles team of Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta are the third pair to qualify for the year-end TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships, to be held in Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul, Turkey from October 25-30, 2011. This year Dulko and Pennetta return to the championships for a second time. In 2011 the team captured the Australian Open doubles title.
Dulko/Pennetta will join the teams of Kveta Peschke/Katarina Srebotnik and Liezel Huber/Lisa Raymond in the year-end tournament. The teams of Victoria Azarenka/Maria Kirilenko and Vania King/Yaroslava Shvedova are competing for the final doubles place.
“It is terrific that last year’s doubles champions will be back to defend their title in Istanbul,” said Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO of the WTA. “Gisela and Flavia broke through to win their first Grand Slam doubles title at the Australian Open, held the World No.1 doubles ranking between them for eight months, and have hit great form recently to reach consecutive finals at Premier tournaments in Asia.”
“Prior to the trip to Asia, we didn’t think we would have a chance to make it to Championships, but since then we’ve played very well and reached two finals. We are so happy to get back to the Championships together and hope to play well. We usually do well when the pressure is high, so it will be a great opportunity to play in a new city and new venue,” said Gisela Dulko.