first_img belinda bencickiki bertensNaomi Osakaserena williams First Published: October 19, 2019, 10:17 PM IST Moscow: World number 10 Belinda Bencic booked her place at the season-ending WTA Finals in Shenzhen with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Kristina Mladenovic in the Kremlin Cup semi-finals on Saturday.The 22-year-old Swiss needed to reach the final and outperform Kiki Bertens, who lost to Mladenovic in the quarter-finals, to secure her berth in the singles at Shenzhen. She duly sealed the eighth and final place at the tournament boasting record $14 million prize money with a confident performance to see off the French player.”It’s a dream to be competing at the WTA Finals and to be one of the top eight,” Bencic said.”It makes it even more special that I booked my ticket at the last possible minute.”This match had so much pressure and I was so nervous. Now I’m over the moon to win today and achieve this dream.”“It’s a dream to be competing at the WTA Finals and to be one of the top eight.”@BelindaBencic’s personal @Porsche #RacetoShenzhen and the @SHISEIDO_corp @WTAFinals 👀 pic.twitter.com/G1DTIIVvI2— WTA (@WTA) October 19, 2019 It is the first time that Bencic has reached the WTA Finals where she will line up against Ashleigh Barty, Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Bianca Andreescu, Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova and Elina Svitolina.”All the eight players deserve to be there because it shows we had the most consistent seasons,” said Bencic who reached the semis of the US Open to climb back into the top 10 for the first time since 2015.She also won the WTA event in Dubai and reached the final at the Mallorca Open.Bencic will face either Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova or Karolina Muchova in Sunday’s final in Moscow. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img

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