At the completion of Monday’s play at the China Open, 19 players can still have a chance to qualify for the WTA Finals. Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova are the only two qualifiers for the Finals, leaving six spots up for grabs.
WTA Rising Star Garbiñe Muguruza is on track to qualify for her first WTA Finals in singles and can solidify a slot in Singapore with a quarterfinal showing in Beijing. She opens her China Open campaign against qualifier Irina Falconi in the second round with a potential match against the winner of Belinda Bencic/Mirjana Lucic-Baroni awaiting.
Tuesday’s matchups could mark the end for some players’ hopes at a Singapore bid. Here is a look at how some of the matches will impact the Live RTS Leaderboard:
Flavia Pennetta vs. Teliana Pereira: Entering Monday, less than a 100 points separates Agnieszka Radwanska and Pennetta, the difference of qualifying or being an alternate. Pennetta could add 55 valuable points with a win, creating a bit of a cushion.
Samantha Stosur vs. Andrea Petkovic: Although a long-shot to qualify as they would need to win Beijing and more, the loser in this match will be eliminated from contention.
Others Fighting For Contention: Caroline Wozniacki and Timea Bacsinszky, who face off against Qiang Wang and Mariana Duque-Marino, respectively, need to win tomorrow to keep their Singapore chances alive.
The current Road to Singapore Singles Leaderboard is:
|RTS Position||Player||Points||China Open Update|
|1||Simona Halep (Q)||5790||Retired in first round|
|2||Maria Sharapova (Q)||4322||Withdrew due to injury|
|3||Garbiñe Muguruza||3511||Opening match vs Falconi tomorrow|
|4||Petra Kvitova||3491||Lost in first round|
|5||Lucie Safarova||3221||Withdrew due to injury and illness|
|6||Angelique Kerber||3115||Opening match vs Cibulkova tomorrow|
|7||Flavia Pennetta||3098||Into second round vs Periera|
|8||Carla Suárez Navarro||3030||Into third round vs Bacsinszky/Duque-Marino|
|9||Agnieszka Radwanska||2975||Into third round vs Keys|
|10||Venus Williams||2972||Opening match vs Ivanovic tomorrow|
|11||Karolina Pliskova||2900||Lost in first round|
|12||Belinda Bencic||2865||Into second round vs Lucic-Baroni|
As always, scenarios outlined below are projections, subject to change based on daily results from Beijing