Zhuhai - US Open winner Sloane Stephens, compatriot CoCo
Vandeweghe and double grand slam champion Angelique Kerber will headline the
field at the WTA Elite Trophy, which will be played from October 31 to November
5 in Zhuhai.
Stephens won her maiden grand slam title in August and reached
the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup and the Cincinnati Open while compatriot
Vandeweghe won the Stanford Classic and reached the last four of the US and
The line-up also features St. Petersburg Trophy winner
Kristina Mladenovic, Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who has won three titles
this year, and Indian Wells champion Elena Vesnina.
"This signature event showcases top players along with
up and coming stars, all joining together and celebrating their successes of
the 2017 WTA season," WTA CEO and Chairman Steve Simon said.
The WTA Elite is a season-ending event that features both
singles and doubles competitions. The 12 highest ranked women that did not
qualify for the WTA Finals compete in the singles tournament for a total prize
money of over $2.2 million.
Chinese No 1 Peng Shuai, who was beaten by Russian Maria
Sharapova in the semi-finals of the Tianjin Open, was handed the singles wild
card for the tournament.