Maria Sakkari of Greece qualified for the season-ending WTA Finals after winning her quarterfinal match on Saturday. She beat Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia, 6-2, 6-3. Sakkari will be making her second appearance at the WTA Finals, which are held in Singapore from Oct. 1-7.
Sakkari has risen to 25th in the rankings after wins at Indian Wells, where she reached the quarterfinals, and in Montreal, where she reached the semifinals. She advanced to the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, where she lost to eventual champion Angelique Kerber, and the French Open, where she lost to Simona Halep. Sakkari will be the first Greek woman to compete in the WTA Finals since Maria Kalmanopoulos, who was the first Greek player to reach the main draw at the WTA Finals when she competed in 1991.
The rest of the top eight seeds in the top eight WTA Finals are on the fast track to Singapore. In Sunday’s quarterfinals, second-seeded Karolina Pliskova will face 13th-seeded Caroline Garcia.