Former Governor’s Cup champion, Elina Svitolina has qualified for the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore.
Svitolina is one of five women to have already booked their spots in the prestigious event, the others being seven-time Grand Slam champion, Venus Williams, world number one, Garbine Muguruza, Romania’s Simona Halep and big-serving Czech star, Karolina Pliskova.
The WTA Finals is an annual event that brings together the best eight players in the world, boasting a total prize money of $7million. Since the tournament’s inception in 1972, some of the greatest players in the world have participated and won the event, with the great Martina Navratilova holding the record for the most number of titles. Navratilova is an eight-time WTA Finals champion, while Serena Williams is not too far behind in second with five titles.
Among other notable past champions include Chris Evert, Steffi Graff, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova, while Dominika Cibulkova was the surprise winner of last year’s edition.
Svitolina’s qualification is the reward for an outstanding season, during which she has won a tour-leading five titles. The Ukrainian has claimed titles in Taipei City, Dubai, Istanbul, Rome and Montreal this year, all of which have propelled her to No. 3 in the world.
The 22-year-old was the star in Lagos back in 2011, defeating Donna Vekic to win the first leg of the Governor’s Cup, before making the semi-finals of the second leg, where she fell to Belgian, Tamaryn Hendler. Svitolina has gradually improved herself since then, and she has now emerged as one of the very best players in the women’s game.
The WTA Finals will be staged in Singapore between October 22-29.