Kremlin Cup: Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina book spots in eight-woman WTA Finals

Moscow: Former World No 1 Karolina Pliskova earned a place in the year-ending WTA Finals despite a second-round defeat to Russian veteran Vera Zvonareva at Moscow's Kremlin Cup on Wednesday.

Pliskova's 6-1, 6-2 loss to Zvonareva, the 2010 Wimbledon and US Open runner-up, also secured Elina Svitolina's spot in the eight-woman field in Singapore next week.

Karolina Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, returns to Naomi Osaka, of Japan, during a women's third round match at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Toronto, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

File image of Karolina Pliskova. AP

Czech star Pliskova's participation was confirmed after fourth seed Kiki Bertens lost 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus.

"I'm delighted to be appearing at the WTA Finals for the third time," Pliskova said.

"I have such great memories from playing in Singapore in 2016 and 2017, and I can't wait to close out the year competing against the other elite players of 2018."

Pliskova and Svitolina joined top-ranked Simona Halep of Romania, Germany's Angelique Kerber, Japan's Naomi Osaka, Czech Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and Sloane Stephens of the USA.

They will battle for a $7 million prize purse in Singapore.

Bertens, who sits ninth in the race to Singapore rankings, could yet still feature at the season-ending event as Halep, who pulled out of the Kremlin Cup on Tuesday, is battling a back injury.

She was diagnosed with a herniated disk following her withdrawal from Beijing two weeks ago.

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Updated Date: Oct 17, 2018 23:34 PM

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