ISTANBUL, Turkey - Vera Zvonareva and Samantha Stosur have become the sixth and seventh players to qualify for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships, which will be hosted at the state of the art Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul, Turkey from October 25 to 30. Zvonareva and Stosur join Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova, Victoria Azarenka, Li Na and the doubles teams of Katarina Srebotnik & Kveta Peschke and Liezel Huber & Lisa Raymond as one of the qualifiers for the year-end finale so far.
The WTA's year-end finale will feature the Top 8 singles players and Top 4 doubles teams competing for the coveted title and a share of $5 million in prize money. The WTA and Turkish Tennis Federation's goal is to deliver the best finale in history to fans of women's tennis in Turkey and all over the world.
"Congratulations to Vera and Sam on qualifying for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships," said Stacey Allaster, Chairman & CEO of the WTA. "Vera is one of the WTA's most consistent players, earning her fifth trip to the Championships, and Sam's incredible feat of winning the US Open last month is one of the highlights of the season. I look forward to seeing incredible performances by both players and the rest of the WTA's best in Istanbul."
Zvonareva had previously qualified for the year-end finale in 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2010, her best result being the finals in 2008. "It's an amazing feeling to qualify for the Championships again. Women's tennis is extremely competitive and knowing that I made it to Championships means I've had a good season and played consistently throughout the year. It's an honor to make it to Istanbul."
Stosur qualified for the second year, also doing so in 2010. "It's very exciting to qualify for Championships for the second straight year, especially because it will be the first year of this event in Istanbul," she said. "I look forward to playing in another unique venue. It's the perfect way to end the great season that I've had."
Agnieszka Radwanska, Andrea Petkovic and Marion Bartoli are contesting the remaining spot in the singles field during the final two weeks of the regular season. All three players are guaranteed to make the trip to Istanbul however, two of three as alternates. The teams of Gisela Dulko & Flavia Pennetta, Vania King & Yaroslava Shvedova and Azarenka & Maria Kirilenko are battling for the last two berths in the four-team doubles field in Istanbul.