Japan’s Naomi Osaka has qualified for the 2018 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore, taking place from 21st – 28th October2018. She is now the third player to secure her spot and joins Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber in the singles field, with five spots remaining.
Osaka has enjoyed a season of firsts in 2018, highlighted by clinching her maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open, defeating Serena Williams in the championship match. This is also the title that garnered plenty of controversy, owing to the primarily American audience’s negative reactions during her win and Williams’ highly emotional outburst in response.
Earlier this season, Osake lifted her career first WTA title at the BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells). Osaka also went on a 10-match winning streak between the US Open title and reaching her third final of the season at the Toray Pan Pacific Open (Tokyo). In addition, Osaka reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open, semifinals at the Nature Valley Open (Nottingham) and the quarterfinals at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
In 2015, Osaka competed and won the 2015 WTA Rising Stars Invitational as part of the WTA Finals, introducing fans to the next generation of women’s tennis stars at the WTA’s biggest event of the year. In the final, Osaka defeated Caroline Garcia on the same stage as the Top 8 singles and doubles players competed for the WTA Finals trophies. Says Osaka: “Qualifying for the WTA Finals is a huge accomplishment. Winning the WTA Rising Stars Invitational in 2015 helped give me the confidence to play on the big stages so I am excited to go back to Singapore and compete with the top players of the season.”
This appearance will mark Osaka’s debut at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore, becoming the third-ever player from Japan to qualify for the year-end event, and first in 15 years since Ai Sugiyama did so in 2003. The Top 8 singles players will compete in a round-robin format with the winner taking home the Billie Jean King Trophy.
The 2018 BNP Paribas WTA Finals takes place at the Singapore Sports Hub from 21st – 28th October 2018. Tickets available here
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