Elina Svitolina has become the seventh player to qualify for the WTA Finals Shenzhen, leaving one place open. *Geo-restrictions apply….
Elina Svitolina has become the seventh player to qualify for the WTA Finals Shenzhen, leaving one place open.
WTA Road to Shenzhen standings
|Standing||Player||Points||2019 titles||Previous WTA Finals appearances||Best WTA Finals result|
|1 – QUALIFIED||Ashleigh Barty||6,476||French Open
Miami (Premier Mandatory)
|2 – QUALIFIED||Karolina Pliskova||5,315||
|3 (2016-18)||SF (2017-18)|
|3 – QUALIFIED||Naomi Osaka||5,246||Australian Open
Beijing (Premier Mandatory)Osaka (Premier)
|1 (2018)||RR (2018)|
|4 – QUALIFIED||Simona Halep||4,962||Wimbledon||4 (2014, 2015-17)||Runner-up (2014)|
|5 – QUALIFIED||Bianca Andreescu||4,942||
Indian Wells (Premier Mandatory)
Rogers Cup Toronto (Premier-5)
|6 – QUALIFIED||Petra Kvitova||4,401||Sydney (Premier)
|6 (2011-15, 2018)||Champion (2011)|
|7 – QUALIFIED||Elina Svitolina||3,995||–||2 (2017-18)||Champion (2018)|
|8 – QUALIFIED||Belinda Bencic||3,955||Dubai (Premier-5)||0||–
Svitolina became the seventh active player to win the WTA Finals last year when she came into the tournament unheralded but put together a fantastic run, going undefeated in the round-robin in matches against Bertens, Caroline Wozniacki and Sloane Stephens before beating former champion Kvitova in the semifinals and Pliskova in the final.
Great things were expected from Svitolina in 2019 but knee injuries have played a major role in the Ukrainian’s season, keeping her off court from Miami in March until Madrid in May and decimating her clay season, as well as seeing her retire in Guangzhou a few weeks ago. Svitolina has not won a title so far this season or reached a final, but she did make the first Grand Slam semifinal appearances of her career at Wimbledon and the US Open as well as the semifinals of Doha, Dubai and Indian Wells and quarterfinals at the Australian Open, Toronto, Zhengzhou, Wuhan and Beijing, compiling a 35-20 win-loss record.