Maria is one of the first players to qualify for the TEB-BNP Paribas WTA Championships, which will be hosted at the Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul, Turkey from October 23 to 28.
The WTA’s year-end finale, to be held in Istanbul until next year, will feature the Top 8 singles players and Top 4 doubles teams competing for the coveted title.
After qualifying, Maria said: “I am very happy to be returning to Istanbul. This year has been really special for me, winning the Roland Garros title to complete my career Grand Slam, rising back to No.1 for a time and of course taking home a silver medal from the London Olympics. It will be great to finish off the season in Turkey. We received such incredible support from the fans last year, so I’m looking forward to competing against the world’s best players there once again.”
Maria has played this event five times before (2004-2007 and 2011) and her best result was winnning in 2004 in Los Angeles. Last year Maria pulled out of the Round Robin stage after two matches due to the ankle injury she sustained in Tokyo a month before.