Caroline Garcia may keep Johanna Konta from WTA Finals

by: Kamakshi Tandon | October 08, 2017

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Caroline Garcia's back-to-back tournament victories could keep Johanna Konta from playing the WTA Finals in Singapore, again.

Garcia is now in the eighth and final qualifying spot for Singapore, which was occupied by Konta until this week. Konta will not qualify unless she appears in the final of her next scheduled event in Moscow.

The British player had a similar experience a year ago -- she was in Singapore and looked set to join the field until wildcard Svetlana Kuznetsova won Moscow, edging in front a day before play began.

"Actually, in Tokyo I was speaking with Johanna Konta. We were just, not joking about it, but she was pretty safe," said Garcia to the WTA website. "After we said, do you remember last year, Kuznetsova had to win and it was a really last-minute change and everything? And [for there to be any repeat] chance was for someone to win Wuhan and Beijing." 

That someone happened to be the Frenchwoman herself, who described herself as "so sorry" for Konta, saying,"No one would believe someone No.19 in the world would win Wuhan and Beijing in [a] row, right? We changed all the prognostications."

It could be another photo finish with the two both scheduled for more tournaments in the next couple of weeks. Despite two tiring weeks, Garcia is still entered in this week's event at Tianjin, where she plays Sharapova in the first round. She has also indicated she might ask for a wildcard into Moscow, but does not know if she will receive it.

Konta, who has gone 2-6 since the beginning of the hardcourt season, withdrew with a foot injury from this week's event in Hong Kong.

With her run, Garcia will also enter the top ten in the rankings.

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