WUHAN, China - Johanna Konta defeated Carla Suárez Navarro in the third round of 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.
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 women 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.
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:
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.
Current Projected Top 8 (Remaining 6 Spots)
d. Shvedova in 3r, QF vs Keys
3r vs. Cibulkova moved to Thursday
d. Wozniacki in 3r; QF vs Kuznetsova
lost to Jankovic in opener
d. Kasatkina, QF vs Halep
lost to Konta in 3r
Contenders for Top 8 in Action (Current projected cut off is 3,051; points trailing the current projected cutoff)
3r vs Ka.Pliskova moved to Thursday
d. Suarez Navarro in 3r; QF vs Kvitova
d. V.Williams in 3r; QF vs Radwanska
lost to Kuznetsova in 3r
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)
d. Irigoyen/Maria, 2r vs. Bacsinszky/Kuznetsova
d. Savhcuk/Wang, 2r vs K.Bondarenko/Chuang
No.2 seed, vs Klepac/Srebotnik in opener
d. Halep/Ostapenko, 2r vs Han/Zhu in Wuhan
lost to Atawo/Spears
Contenders for Top 8 in Action: The current projected cut off is 3,270 (points trailing the current projected cutoff)
d. Goerges/Pliskova, QF vs Klepac/Srebotnik or Chan Sisters
lost Atawo/Spears in 2r
vs. No.2 seed Chan Sisters in 2r
No.3 seed, d. Dabrowski/Martinez Sanchez in opener
QF vs winner of Babos/Shvedova vs Bacsinszky/Kuznetsova
No.4 seed in Wuhan, play Krunic/Siniakova in opener;
QF vs winner of Mattek-Sands/Safarova vs Han/Zhu
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