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Angelique Kerber Earns Final Singles Place at TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul






The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced today that Germany’s Angelique Kerber has earned the eighth and final singles place at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships, to be staged at the Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul, Turkey, from October 22-27, 2013. Kerber secured her spot by advancing to the semifinals of the Generali Ladies Linz in Austria.

For the second year in a row – and only the second time in the WTA Championships’ 43-year history – each player in the singles draw will represent a different country: Serena Williams (United States), Victoria Azarenka (Belarus), Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland), Li Na (China), Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic), Sara Errani (Italy), Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) and Angelique Kerber (Germany).

The singles draw ceremony will be held on Sunday, October 20, at 6:00 p.m. at the Polat Renaissance Istanbul Hotel and can be viewed online via WTA Live on The two alternate positions will be determined in the current and upcoming WTA events, and will also be announced prior to the draw ceremony on WTA Live.

The TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships showcases the world's best women tennis players as the Top 8 singles players and Top 4 doubles teams compete for a record-setting $6 million in prize money and one of the most prestigious titles in women's tennis. Istanbul is set to host the elite season-ending competition for a triumphant third and final year.

“Congratulations to Angelique on sealing her qualification for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships-Istanbul. She will be a great addition to this year’s player field,” said WTA Chairman & CEO Stacey Allaster. “If Istanbul’s debut staging of the Championships was stunning, last year’s was even better, and I have no doubt the best will be saved for last. This has truly been a People’s Championships and our players are ready to show their best tennis in front of the amazing Turkish fans for the third and final time.”

"I am so excited to be returning to Istanbul for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships," said Kerber after advancing to the semifinals in Linz.  "The fans last year were amazing and I look forward for the chance to play against the best players in the world. "

After a spectacular 2012 that saw her win her first two WTA titles and rise as high as No.5 in the world, Kerber produced another strong season in 2013. She reached finals at the Toray Pan Pacific Open (Tokyo), where she fell to fellow lefthander Petra Kvitova, and the Monterrey Open, where she was runner-up to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. She reached three Premier-level semifinals at the Apia International Sydney, BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells) and Stuttgart’s Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in her native Germany. The 25-year-old was also a quarterfinalist at the Brisbane International, Mutua Madrid Open, Citi Open (Washington DC) and China Open (Beijing), while consistency was her overall theme at the Grand Slams, reaching the fourth round at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and US Open.

Kerber is appearing at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships for the second time, after making her event debut in 2012.


(players/teams in bold already qualified – based on points on Monday, October 7, 2013)










Serena Williams (USA)



Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA)


Victoria Azarenka (BLR)



Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN)


Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)



Petrova/Srebotnik (RUS/SLO)


Li Na (CHN)



Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS)


Petra Kvitova (CZE)



Sara Errani (ITA)



Jelena Jankovic (SRB)



Angelique Kerber (GER)



Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)





Sloane Stephens (USA)





Roberta Vinci (ITA)





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