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KONTA EDGES TOWARDS RTS TOP 8, HALEP ONE WIN AWAY FROM SINGAPORE

Johanna Konta keeps her Singapore hopes alive, while Simona Halep is within striking distance of qualifying for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

WUHAN, China - Johanna Konta defeated Carla Suárez Navarro in the third round the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, in a match featuring two players battling for a spot among the Top 8 to qualify for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

The win positions Konta 246 points out of the Top 8 and she could narrow the gap to 86 points should she advance to the semifinals. While the cutoff for the Top 8 will be a moving target, the narrow gap certainly indicates that a Top 8 finish for Konta is within striking distance.

While the focus centers on the Road to Singapore leaderboard at this time of year, Konta also has a chance to make her Top 10 debut on the WTA rankings this week - if she is able to reach the finals at Wuhan with other results fall in her favor.

Currently ranked No.13, Konta faces a tough road to the finals with a quarterfinal matchup against Petra Kvitova and a potential semifinal against the winner of Simona Halep vs. Madison Keys.

It has been 32 years since the Top 10 included a British woman when Jo Durie graced the Top 10 (weeks of August 20, 1984) at No.10 before dropping out after a first round loss at the 1984 US Open. Only three British woman have found their way to the Top 10: Virginia Wade (career-high of No.2), Sue Barker (career-high of No.3) and Durie (career-high of No.5).

Konta is scheduled to play Beijing next week and Hong Kong the following week. She is not entered into a tournament in the final week of the season.

Road to Singapore leaderboard Update

Wednesday, September 28th

Two third round matches in singles and all doubles matches were postponed due to rain. These matches are scheduled to be played on Thursday, along with the quarterfinals in both singles and doubles. Here is a look at the latest update:

SINGLES:

Qualified: Angelique Kerber, Serena Williams

Next to Qualify: Simona Halep can secure her spot in Singapore by reaching the semifinals in Wuhan. She will play Madison Keys in the quarterfinals on Thursday. If Keys defeats Halep, the Romanian, could still qualify this week, but will need several results to fall in her favor.

Looking ahead, Karolina Pliskova (final) and Agnieszka Radwanska (title) have a chance to qualify this week as well.

Current Projected Top 8 (Remaining 6 Spots)

SIMONA HALEP

4448

D. SHVEDOVA IN 3R, QF VS KEYS

KAROLINA PLISKOVA

3980

3R VS. CIBULKOVA MOVED TO THURSDAY

AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA

3975

D. WOZNIACKI IN 3R; QF VS KUZNETSOVA

GARBIÑE MUGURUZA

3557

LOST TO JANKOVIC IN OPENER

MADISON KEYS

3137

D. KASATKINA, QF VS HALEP

CARLA SUÁREZ NAVARRO

3051

LOST TO KONTA IN 3R

Contenders for Top 8 in Action (Current projected cut off is 3,051; points trailing the current projected cutoff)

DOMINIKA CIBULKOVA

-96

3R VS KA.PLISKOVA MOVED TO THURSDAY

JOHANNA KONTA

-246

D. SUAREZ NAVARRO IN 3R; QF VS KVITOVA

SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA

-331

D. V.WILLIAMS IN 3R; QF VS RADWANSKA

VENUS WILLIAMS

-850

LOST TO KUZNETSOVA IN 3R

sania mirza and martina hingis

DOUBLES:

Qualified: Garcia/Mladenovic, Hingis/Mirza, Makarova/Vesnina

Next to Qualify: It is possible for as many as three of the Current Top 8 teams to qualify this week, depending on results; however, they will need to have at least reach the semifinals with other results falling in their favor.

Current Projected Top 8 (Remaining 5 Teams)

SHVEDOVA/BABOS

3890

D. IRIGOYEN/MARIA, 2R VS. BACSINSZKY/KUZNETSOVA

HLAVACKOVA/HRADECKA

3775

D. SAVHCUK/WANG, 2R VS K.BONDARENKO/CHUANG

CHAN/CHAN

3540

NO.2 SEED, VS KLEPAC/SREBOTNIK IN OPENER

MATTEK-SANDS/SAFAROVA

3431

D. HALEP/OSTAPENKO, 2R VS HAN/ZHU IN WUHAN

GOERGES/PLISKOVA

3270

LOST TO ATAWO/SPEARS

Contenders for Top 8 in Action: The current projected cut off is 3,270 (points trailing the current projected cutoff)

ATAWO/SPEARS

-575

D. GOERGES/PLISKOVA, QF VS KLEPAC/SREBOTNIK OR CHAN SISTERS

XU/ZHENG

-600

LOST ATAWO/SPEARS IN 2R

KLEPAC/SREBOTNIK

-1130

VS. NO.2 SEED CHAN SISTERS IN 2R

MIRZA/STRYCOVA

-1280

NO.3 SEED, D. DABROWSKI/MARTINEZ SANCHEZ IN OPENER

QF VS WINNER OF BABOS/SHVEDOVA VS BACSINSZKY/KUZNETSOVA

HINGIS/VANDEWEGHE

-1905

NO.4 SEED IN WUHAN, PLAY KRUNIC/SINIAKOVA IN OPENER;

QF VS WINNER OF MATTEK-SANDS/SAFAROVA VS HAN/ZHU

This article was first seen on wtatennis.com




 

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