Elite 8 lined-up for Texas
World No.1 Iga Swiatek headlines the eight singles players competing in the prestigious season finale together with Caroline Garcia, Aryna Sabalenka and Sakkari.
Ons Jabeur, finalist at Wimbledon and the US Open, is one of four players making their WTA Finals debut alongside Pegula, Daria Kasatkina and teenage sensation Gauff.
The 18-year-old, finalist at Roland-Garros in singles and doubles, is the youngest player since Maria Sharapova in 2005 to qualify for the WTA Finals singles.
"It means a lot," said Gauff. "Honestly I didn't think about it until I realised how close I was and I think I went maybe a little bit nervous in the end but I'm super excited to be playing in the WTA Finals, especially in the USA, and qualifying in singles and doubles is definitely a good achievement.”
2021 semi-finalist Sakkari snuck into the elite eight once again courtesy of her final run in Mexico.
“Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think it's a lot tougher to do it twice in a row than just do it once. That's what I'm mostly proud about,” declared the world No.5.
“Yeah, as bad as my season after Indian Wells was, I still just gave myself this chance to finish the year strong. I think that's the best gift I can give to myself, just making it to Fort Worth.”