ST. PETERSBURG, FL, USA – The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced today that Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska has qualified for this year’s TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships, which will be staged at the Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul, Turkey. The WTA’s year-end finale, to be held from October 23-28, will feature the world’s top eight singles players and top four doubles teams, competing for the coveted title and a share of $4.9 million in prize money.
“Agnieszka is having the best year of her career by winning three WTA titles and earning a spot in the Wimbledon final,” said Stacey Allaster, WTA Chairman and CEO. “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.”
Radwanska commented, “I am looking forward to returning to Istanbul for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships this year. This is a goal for every player at the start of the season and I’m so happy to have made it. The Championships is the biggest WTA event of the year and I look forward to playing against the best in the world.”
The 23-year-old has reached the quarterfinals or better 13 times in 19 events, highlighted by three titles – the Dubai Duty Free Championships, Sony Open Tennis (Miami), and Brussels Open. Earlier this year at Wimbledon, Radwanska became the first Polish woman since 1939 to reach the final at a Grand Slam. It was her best career Grand Slam result having previously advanced to the quarterfinals five times. Throughout her career, Radwanska has won 10 singles titles.
Currently ranked world No.3, Radwanska has qualified for the year-end Championships for the second consecutive year. She also competed at the event as an alternate in 2009. Radwanska joins Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams in the singles competition with the final four positions to be determined in the upcoming weeks.
Click on the link to hear Agnieszka’s thoughts on her season and qualifying for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships-Istanbul: http://youtu.be/wUmM9A3Z31s
RACE TO THE TEB BNP PARIBAS WTA CHAMPIONSHIPS-ISTANBUL
(players/teams in bold already qualified)
POINTSVictoria Azarenka (BLR)
8686Errani (ITA) / Vinci (ITA)
10097Maria Sharapova (RUS)
8190Hlavackova (CZE) / Hradecka (CZE)
7100Serena Williams (USA)
7900Huber (USA) / Raymond (USA)
7036Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
6296Kirilenko (RUS) / Petrova (RUS)
4555Petra Kvitova (CZE)
5310Llaogstera Vives (ESP)/ Martinez Sanchez (ESP)
3737Angelique Kerber (GER)
5080Kops-Jones (USA) / Spears (USA)
3543Sara Errani (ITA)
4820Li Na (CHN)
4152Samantha Stosur (AUS)
3571Marion Bartoli (FRA)
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