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.
WTA Staff

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.

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 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.

Simona Halep

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:


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


d. Shvedova in 3r, QF vs Keys

Karolina Pliskova


3r vs. Cibulkova moved to Thursday

Agnieszka Radwanska


d. Wozniacki in 3r; QF vs Kuznetsova

Garbiñe Muguruza


lost to Jankovic in opener

Madison Keys


d. Kasatkina, QF vs Halep

Carla Suárez Navarro


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


3r vs Ka.Pliskova moved to Thursday

Johanna Konta


d. Suarez Navarro in 3r; QF vs Kvitova

Svetlana Kuznetsova


d. V.Williams in 3r; QF vs Radwanska

Venus Williams


lost to Kuznetsova in 3r

CoCo Vandeweghe, Martina Hingis


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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