Pegula joins Sabalenka, Swiatek, Gauff and Rybakina in WTA Finals field

Pegula has also qualified for the doubles event at the season-ending WTA finale with partner Coco Gauff

Jessica Pegula at the 2023 Toray Pan Pacific Open Jessica Pegula at the 2023 Toray Pan Pacific Open Image Credit: Zuma / Panoramic

World No 4 Jessica Pegula has become the fifth player to secure her berth in the eight-player field for the season-ending WTA Finals which will be held in Cancun, Mexico this year.

Pegula joins world No 1 Aryna Sabalenka, world No 2 Iga Swiatek, world No 3 Coco Gauff and world No 5 Elena Rybakina the field with three more spots up for grabs in the coming weeks.

Pegula is also qualified for the doubles event with partner Gauff – one of two teams to secure their spots along with Storm Hunter and Elise Mertens. This is the second year in a row that Pegula has qualified for the singles and doubles event at the WTA Finals.

The WTA Finals are scheduled to be held from October 29th to November 5th in Mexico for the second time in three years – the 2021 edition was held in Guadalajara.

Vondrousova, Muchova and Jabeur currently sitting in qualifying positions in the WTA Race to Cancun

Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova is currently in sixth position in the Race to Cancun followed by countrywoman Karolina Muchova at No 7, Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur at No 8, Greece’s Maria Sakkari at No 9, and American Madison Keys at No 10.

This week’s WTA China Open, a WTA 1000 Series event, will play a critical role in deciding the remaining three berths with only one WTA 500 event lined up prior to Cancun along with several WTA 250 events.

Current WTA Race Singles Rankings

  1. Aryna Sabalenka – 8,210 points
  2. Iga Swiatek – 6,905 points
  3. Coco Gauff – 5,620 points
  4. Elena Rybakina – 5,476 points
  5. Jessica Pegula – 4,700 points
  6. Marketa Vondrousova – 3,661 points
  7. Karolina Muchova – 3,650 points
  8. Ons Jabeur – 3,595 points
  9. Maria Sakkari – 3,130 points
  10. Madison Keys – 2,737 points

Defending champion Caroline Garcia will need to make a late season surge to have a chance to qualify for Cancun as the Frenchwoman currently sits in 20th position in the Race.

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