Simona Halep earns 2nd straight year-end No. 1 ranking

Karolina Pliskova Tianjin 2018

She has qualified for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global for the fifth consecutive year, and is the only player who will have appeared in Singapore for all five stagings of the prestigious season-ending event.

Stephens joins Halep, plus fellow Grand Slam champions Angelique Kerber, Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova and Caroline Wozniacki in the singles field for the October 21-28 event.

Two spots remain open for the elite eight-player field, with Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova in prime position to qualify for the round-robin tournament that offers $7 million in prize money.

"I know I have a good chance to get to Singapore between this week and next week as well", former world number one Pliskova said.

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Sloane Stephens had reached the finals of French Open and Montreal while winning a title in Miami in 2018.

She won the opening set against Simona Halep but the Romanian bounced back to score a 3-6 6-4 6-1 win that left Stephens empty-handed in her second Major final.

The 26-year-old Czech would improve her chances by claiming her third title of the season on Sunday.

Second seed Garcia cruised past Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei 6-3 6-4 to move into her first final since lifting back-to-back titles in Wuhan and Beijing a year ago. Sloane asked for a wild card in Moscow and she will try to regroup and find some form for the last two events of the season before taking a well-deserved rest.

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