Sloane Stephens qualifies for WTA Finals in Singapore

Sloane Stephens qualifies for WTA Finals in Singapore

Sloane Stephens qualifies for WTA Finals in Singapore

The Romanian player did not mention her back injury or whether it would affect her appearance in the WTA Finals, which are scheduled to cap off the season on October 21 with a showdown in Singapore between the top eight players.

Stephens has earned her career first qualification at the WTA Finals following a stellar season, which saw her win her first WTA Premier Mandatory title at the Miami Open.

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Sloane is now ranked 8th but things didn't look that bright for her at the start of the season, winning just three matches in the first four tournaments she played in 2018 before claiming six wins in Miami to lift the title, her biggest after that US Open triumph in 2017.

Stephens joins Romania's Simona Halep, Germany's Angelique Kerber, Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki, Japan's Naomi Osaka and the Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova who have already secured a spot in the tournament.

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"I'm honored to qualify for my first WTA Finals". She then lost in the first round at the U.S. Open.

She is particularly keen to do so because the year-ending WTA Finals in Singapore start in six days' time. "I'm looking forward to meeting the awesome fans in Singapore, exploring the city, and competing against the best players of the season".

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She also reached the final at the Australian Open, Internazionali BNL d'Italia and the Western & Southern Open. "My goal for the next years is to be better in this position, if I would be able to qualify again for the Finals". "It's been very stressful, and I was anxious every day because I was waiting to see how I feel every morning I wake up". So I try just to keep myself calm and to be positive.

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