Former U.S. Open champ Stephens qualifies for first WTA finals

Ajla Tomljanovic is Australia's third highest ranked women's tennis player

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For that to happen, both Pliskova and Bertens have to reach the semis in the Russian capital this week and if any of them fail to do so Elina will still compete for the last WTA title of the season.

For the first time in her career, United States tennis player Sloane Stephens has qualified for the upcoming WTA Finals, the season ending, eight-woman tournament to be held in Singapore, the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) announced on Sunday.

Romania's Simona Halep said she was enjoying her position on top of the world standings after she secured the year-end WTA number one spot for the second consecutive year. "I don't need that and I don't want that, so I have to make good decisions in the next days".

Reflecting on her achievement, the 27-year-old said that the feat is special for her as she had also won her first Grand Slam at Roland Garros, this year.

"I hope first to be able to play here (in Moscow) because".

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"Finishing the season as the world No. 1 a year ago was a huge honour for me", Halep said in a WTA news release.

"I haven't practiced 100 per cent yet but today, tomorrow, I will do close to 100", Halep said in a conference call, "and I will be able to know better the next day".

'If I can't play here (in Moscow) I'm very doubtful that I will be able to play in Singapore. "I have already three-four days getting ready for this tournament", Halep said.

Despite the injury, Halep is still relishing in her season.

Her US Open title defense gone with the wind when Anastasija Sevastova defeated her in the quarters and she managed to win only two matches during the Asian swing.

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