More stars qualify for WTA Finals in Cancun
Oct 09, 2023
Setting the star-studded field for a prestigious season-ending tournament, four new players recently qualified for the GNP Seguros WTA Finals Cancun. The event will be held in Cancun, Mexico from October 29 to November 5.
So who recently qualified? Let's take a closer look.
Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur became the first Arab woman to qualify for the WTA Finals in 2022, and will return to the event in 2023 following another outstanding season. The trailblazer has won two titles, at the WTA 500 Credit One Charleston Open and most recently at the WTA 250 Ningbo Open, in addition to reaching her third Grand Slam final at Wimbledon defeating three Top 10 players en route to the title match. Jabeur also made the semifinals at WTA 500 tournaments at the Adelaide International and Porsche Tennis Grand Prix (Stuttgart) and further boosted her qualification hopes with quarterfinal runs at Roland-Garros and the WTA 1000 Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
Marketa Vondrousova is set to make her WTA Finals debut this season following her best-ever year on the Hologic WTA Tour, which was highlighted by the 24-year-old lifting her debut Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in July which resulted in her entering the Top 10 for the first time in her career. In addition she reached the semifinals at the WTA 250 Upper Austria Ladies Linz and a further four quarterfinals, at the US Open, WTA 1000 Western & Southern Open (Cincinnati) and at WTA 500 events at the Adelaide International and the bett1open presented by ecotrans Group (Berlin).
Like countrywoman Vondrousova, Karolina Muchova is also celebrating her first WTA Finals qualification, with both ensuring the Czech Republic has been represented in singles at the WTA Finals for the 11th time from the last 12 editions. Muchova has reached two finals this year, at the WTA 1000 Western & Southern Open (Cincinnati) and her debut Grand Slam final at Roland-Garros, while enjoying more success at the majors by making the semifinals at the US Open. She also posted quarterfinal runs at WTA 1000 events at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship and BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells) and the WTA 250 ASB Classic (Auckland), and made her Top 10 debut in August.
Earlier this month Jessica Pegula qualified for her second consecutive WTA Finals appearance. Pegula reached three finals in 2023, winning the WTA 1000 National Bank Open presented by Rogers in Montreal and finishing as runner-up at WTA 500 events at the Qatar TotalEnergies Open in Doha and most recently the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. The American has made a further four semifinals, at WTA 1000 tournament at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and Miami Open presented by Itaú, and at WTA 500 events at the Credit One Charleston Open and the Mubadala Citi DC Open in Washington DC.
These four recently announced qualifiers will be joined by a top-tier group of WTA players (previously announced earlier this season) including Aryna Sabalenka, Iga Swiatek, Coco Gauff, and Elena Rybakina in the singles draw.
Steve Simon, WTA Chairman and CEO remarked, “The GNP Seguros WTA Finals Cancun promises to be another outstanding showpiece of women’s professional tennis and we are delighted to bring the event back to Mexico after such an exciting edition was held there in 2021. My congratulations to everyone who has qualified and I along with the WTA’s global fanbase can’t wait to see how the action unfolds in Cancun.”
The WTA Finals features the top 8 singles players competing in a round-robin format with the champion lifting the WTA Finals Billie Jean King Trophy.
Meanwhile, for the doubles tournament its champions will win the WTA Finals Martina Navratilova Trophy. Click here to track the Race to the WTA Finals as a few spots (for doubles) still remain.
Be sure to buy your tickets for the GNP Seguros WTA Finals Cancun here.