Singapore, 12 September 2017 | WTA

Australian doubles team Ash Barty and Casey Dellacqua have qualified for the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore.

The news of Barty and Dellacqua’s qualification caps a trophy-laden year for the pair, who have reached six finals overall in 2017.

One of those was at Roland Garros – completing their set of Grand Slam doubles finals, after reaching the Australian, Wimbledon and US finals of 2013 – while they won titles at the Malaysian Open, Internationaux de Strasbourg and Birmingham’s Aegon Classic Birmingham.

“We are incredibly excited to qualify for the WTA Finals and are looking forward to competing as one of the top eight doubles teams of the season,” said Dellacqua, whose partnership with Barty began back in 2012.

Added Barty: “It really is a dream to compete at our first WTA Finals and we can’t wait to play in front of the fans in Singapore.”

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Dellacqua was forced to withdraw from the 2015 WTA Finals (having qualified with partner Yaroslava Shvedova) after suffering a concussion sustained at that year’s China Open in Beijing.

Barty’s appearance at Singapore, meanwhile, caps a dream return to the sport for the 21-year-old, who took a break from tennis after the 2014 US Open, and only returned in the summer of 2016.

The doubles teams of Martina Hingis/Chan Yung-Jan and Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina have also qualified for the tournament.