With the year-end No. 1 ranking all locked up for Angelique Kerber, the only real drama left in the women’s tour this season is who’ll earn the final berth in next week’s WTA Finals in Singapore?
If you do, it’s down to Svetlana Kuznetsova and Johanna Konta. And the scenario is simple, Kuznetsova must win Moscow otherwise the Brit Konta gets in.
Earlier today, Kuznetsova inched closer to qualifying by defeating Alize Cornet to make the quarterfinals after Saurez-Navarro lost.
Currently, here’s how the “Road” stacks up through today:
1 Angelique Kerber 8000
2 Agnieszka Radwanska 4975
3 Simona Halep 4728
4 Karolina Pliskova 4100
5 Garbine Muguruza 3736
6 Madison Keys 3637
7 Dominika Cibulkova 3625
8 Johanna Konta 3455
9 Carla Suarez Navarro 3170
10 Svetlana Kuznetsova 3120
(Note: No. 2 Serena withdrew)
For Kuznetsova to do it, she’ll have to beat Timea Babos then possibly Elina Svitolina in the semifinals and perhaps Daria Kasatkina in the final.
Looking at the field, it shows you a picture of the WTA post-Serena/Venus/Sharapova looks like. Just three total Grand Slam titles among the eight. Bizarre. The men are in transition, so too are the women.
The WTA Finals begin on Sunday with 8 players from 8 different countries with defending champion Radwanska the only former winner in the field.
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