Petrova and Srebotnik with the Eastbourne title. (Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
The doubles field for the WTA Championships in Istanbul has been confirmed, with four teams having made the cut for the end-of-season event.
Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci booked their places in the doubles draw for the WTA Championships in Istanbul a few weeks ago, and they've now been joined by three more teams, completing the lineup for the season-ending event. The teams that will be joining them are Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik, Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, and Su-Wei Hsieh and Peng Shuai.
"Each of these teams had magnificent seasons and it is exciting to see their hard work has earned them a spot in the year-end TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships," said WTA CEO and Chairman Stacey Allaster. "The line-up promises to provide an exciting competition with Grand Slam champions, former No.1s and the best WTA doubles players competing at our crown jewel event."
Petrova and Srebotnik had played together a few times prior to 2013 but have stepped up their commitments as a team this season. This has led to WTA titles in Sydney, Miami and Eastbourne, as well as runner-up finishes in Doha, Dubai and Inian Wells. Both players have competed in the WTA Championships in the past, albeit with different partners.
Makarova and Vesnina have enjoyed a great season as a pairing. They were able to win their first slam doubles title at Roland Garros, and they also topped the pack in Indian Wells. The Russians started to click as a duo at this time last season, when they won Premier-tier titles at the China Open and the Kremlin Cup.
Hsieh and Peng, meanwhile, have achieved a superb trophy haul, winning the WTA events in Rome, Cincinnati, Guangzhou and Wimbledon. The Wimbledon success provided the two players with their first slam titles, and made Hsieh the first player from Chinese Taipei to win any form of slam title. Impressively, Hsieh and Peng currently hold an 8-0 record in WTA doubles finals as a team.