Bethanie mattek-sands and Lucie Safarova captured the Wuhan title on Saturday to secure their return for the second year in succession to the bnp Paribas wta finals
Despite starting the week in seventh place on the road to Singapore Mattek-Sands and Safarova's seventh title together saw them become the fourth team to secure a spot at the season-ending showpiece.
"Singapore last year was awesome. It's the year-end championships, the best of the best. Only the best teams get to go, so I think it's an honor to make it there in the end," Mattek-Sands said. "I think everyone at this point is fighting for a spot because the rankings were pretty close."
It is testament to the American-Czech's partnership that they have managed to secure their place in Singapore from so few appearance; injuries and scheduling conflicts have restricted them to just seven tournaments together this year. However, when they have been on court, it has not taken long to rekindle the magic.