Bianca Andreescu has already made a deafening statement by winning in Indian Wells, Toronto and at the U.S. Open.
Now she gets to bear the fruits of that labour by participating in the prestigious WTA Finals in Shenzhen, China from Oct. 27 - Nov. 3. The event features the top eight players in the world for the calendar year going head-to-head and the Women’s Tour Association confirmed her qualification on Monday.
"This has been an incredible year for me and I’m really looking forward to ending the season at the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen," Andreescu said. “I’ve always dreamt of competing at the WTA Finals and I’m so proud of all the work my team and I put in to get to this point."
The 19-year-old becomes the youngest to qualify for the event in a decade, since Caroline Wozniacki did so in 2009. Andreescu is currently in Beijing for the China Open, where she is looking to finish the year strong and possibly enter the top three in the world by the end of the season. Andreescu is currently ranked sixth, but is well within striking distance of Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka, and Elina Svitolina ahead of her. Karolina Pliskova and Ashleigh Barty look set to finish the year 1-2 in some order.
Earlier in the day, Andreescu also won her first round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich in three sets, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 for her 14th straight match victory on the WTA circuit that improves her 2019 record to a staggering 46-4. She will take on Belgium’s Elise Mertens — who she defeated in the U.S. Open quarterfinals — in the next round.
In more good news for Canada, doubles specialist Gabriela Dabrowski will also play in the WTA Finals along with her teammate Xu Yifan to mark their third consecutive appearance at the event. They have played in the Wimbledon women’s double final and made one other final and four semifinal appearances this year.
“It’s an honour to have made the year-end championships for the third time in a row, and to have another opportunity to compete against the best in the world,” Dabrowski said in a press release. “We are especially pleased that doubles will have the same round robin format as singles, and we are looking forward to a great final week of tennis.”
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