Victory on the All England Club’s hallowed turf thrust Petra Kvitova into contention for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, and on Saturday she closed in further on a place with success the North American cement.
Since her fantastic Wimbledon fortnight, things have not quite gone to plan on the court for Kvitova, who lost early in both Montréal and Cincinnati, but she steadied the ship – and underlined her US Open credentials – in emphatic fashion, defeating close friend Magdalena Rybarikova at the Connecticut Open to capture the 13th title of her career.
Kvitova’s triumph in New Haven, where she was also champion in 2012, brought her 470 ranking points - enough to leapfrog Ana Ivanovic and Eugenie Bouchard into No.6 place in the Road To Singapore leaderboard.
With current No.5 Li Na ruled out of the US Open due to a knee injury, the Czech’s position is likely to improve further in the coming weeks; Kvitova currently trails Li by just 51 points and, should she avoid defeat in the first two rounds, she will assume the No.5 spot at the conclusion of the tournament.
While Kvitova took a significant step towards securing her place at the WTA Finals with her title run, several others remained the hunt thanks to their New Haven showings. Samantha Stosur reached the semifinals to climb back into the Top 25 and keep her slim Singapore hopes alive, while WTA Rising Star Garbiñe Muguruza reached the last eight to close in on the Top 20. Both will know that good showings in New York, as well as at the Premier events in Wuhan and Beijing, could yet see them reel in some of the more established names perched above.
The potential qualification berths going into the US Open are occupied by Maria Sharapova (5,335 points), Simona Halep (5,060), Serena Williams (4,931), Agnieszka Radwanska (4,249), Li (3,970), Kvitova (3,919), Bouchard (3,662) and Ivanovic (3,635).
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