(October 4, 2013) The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced the complete doubles field for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships-Istanbul with the teams of Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik, Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai, and Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina securing their qualification. These players will join the previously qualified pair of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci at the year-end Championships to be staged at the Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul, Turkey, from October 22-27, 2013.
The TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships showcases the Top 8 singles players and Top 4 doubles teams to compete for a record-setting $6 million in prize. The year-end doubles WTA World No.1 ranking will be on the line as Istanbul hosts the elite season-ending competition for a third and final year. In the singles event, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska and Li Na have already secured their places.
“Each of these teams had magnificent seasons and it is exciting to see their hard work has earned them a spot in the year-end TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships,” said WTA Chairman & CEO, Stacey Allaster. “The lineup promises to provide an exciting competition with Grand Slam champions, former No.1s and the best WTA doubles players competing at our crown-jewel event.”
The doubles draw ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 24, with semifinals taking place on Saturday, October 26, and the final on Sunday, October 27.
Petrova and Srebotnik advanced to six doubles finals this year, including five in the first three months of the season, winning titles at Apia International Sydney, Sony Open (Miami) and Aegon International (Eastbourne), and finishing runners-up at Qatar Total Open (Doha), Dubai Duty Free Championships and BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells). The duo also performed strongly at the Grand Slams, reaching the semifinals at Roland Garros and quarterfinals at Wimbledon and US Open.
Before this year, Petrova and Srebotnik had previously teamed up as far back as 2003, in a partnership that was highlighted by winning the title at 2008 Kremlin Cup (Moscow) and a finals appearance at 2012 Rogers Cup (Montréal). Collectively they own 58 doubles titles, with Petrova winning 24 and Srebotnik 34, placing her fifth among active WTA players.
This marks the third time in her career Petrova has qualified for the doubles competition, having previously won the title in 2004 (with Meghann Shaughnessy) and 2012 (with Maria Kirilenko). She also competed in singles at the Championships three times (2005, 2006, 2008). Srebotnik will be competing at the Championships for the seventh time in her career with her fourth different partner (2001-02 with Tina Krizan; 2007-08 with Ai Sugiyama; 2010-11 with Kveta Peschke).
Hsieh and Peng teamed up to win four doubles titles this year, highlighted by their victory at Wimbledon, as Hsieh became the first player from Chinese Taipei to win a Grand Slam title. They also raised the champions’ trophy at Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Rome), Western & Southern Open (Cincinnati) and the Guangzhou Open. As a team, they won the first two WTA events they played – 2008 Bali and 2009 Sydney – and have posted a perfect 8-0 record in WTA doubles finals. Overall, Hsieh owns 13 career WTA doubles titles and Peng has won 11.
Peng will be the third Chinese woman to compete in doubles at the Championships joining Zheng Jie and Yan Zi, who teamed up in 2006. Hsieh will be fourth Taiwanese woman to compete at the year-end event joining Janet Lee (2002), and Chuang Chia-Jung and Chan Yung-Jan, who teamed up in 2007.
Makarova and Vesnina have captured two doubles titles this year, winning the BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells) and Roland Garros, where they became only the second all-Russian pairing to win a Grand Slam title. The pair also reached the semifinals at the Australian Open, Rogers Cup (Toronto) and Western & Southern Open (Cincinnati), and quarterfinals at the US Open. Individually, Vesnina has won 10 career WTA doubles titles, and Makarova has five WTA doubles titles to her name.
The Russians have won four doubles titles together and will be making their debut at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships.