Angelique Kerber through to WTA Championships in Istanbul
Germany's Angelique Kerber has secured the last place at the WTA Championships in Istanbul - after victory in Linz.
World number 10 Kerber grabbed the eighth and final spot at the showpiece end-of-season event after winning her quarter-final in Austria on Friday.
The 25-year-old beat Austria's Patricia Mayr-Achleitner 6-3 6-1 to set up a semi-final clash with fourth-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro.
Regardless of the result Kerber will now compete at the WTAs on October 22.
Angelique Kerber World number 10
“"Qualifying for Istanbul is a great achievement."”
"Qualifying for Istanbul is a great achievement" Kerber said.
"It's the reward for my consistency though I've had my ups and downs and a couple of injuries this year."
She saved a break point at 3-2 down in the first set before winning nine straight games to lead 6-3, 5-0.
The German - who required only one match point - added: "I was a bit nervous at the start and Patricia played really well, then I settled and felt more relaxed."
America's Sloane Stephens misses out on Istanbul after losing to Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele, 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 7-5
But Kerber will dine at the top tennis table alongside Serena Williams , Victoria Azarenka, Agnieska Radwanska, Li Na, Petra Kvitova, Sara Errani and Jelena Jankovic.
This year the German lost in the final at Monterrey to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and reached the semi-finals at both Indian Wells and Stuttgart - followed by a quarter-final exit in Madrid at the hands of Ana Ivanovic.