10/02/2014 01:35 EDT | Updated 12/02/2014 05:59 EST

Eugenie Bouchard qualifies for WTA Finals in Singapore

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard had to wait patiently to find out if she would be playing in the year-end championship in Singapore.

But on Thursday, the 20-year-old locked up a spot to compete in the WTA Finals, and a chance to play for more than $7.2 million.

Bouchard suffered a disappointing second-round loss at the China Open on Tuesday, and risked falling out of the top eight in the tour rankings.

But Bouchard got a little help from Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova who defeated Angelique Kerber 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 in their third-round match in Beijing on Thursday.

Kerber came into the tournament ranked ninth, and like many other players was looking to pick up valuable points to secure positions for the Oct. 20-26 event.

Kerber's exit failed to move the German into a spot, ultimately securing Bouchard's position.

Bouchard becomes the first Canadian to qualify for the year-end championship since Helen Kelesi did it in 1989.

The Wimbledon finalist will be joined by Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, and Agnieszka Radwanska when the tournament arrives in Singapore.