Johanna Konta to miss Asian swing, leaving her unlikely to clinch WTA Finals place

Johanna Konta to miss Asian swing, leaving her unlikely to clinch WTA Finals place

Johanna Konta is likely to miss out narrowly on participating in the WTA Finals for the third time in four years, after she withdrew from the China Open in Beijing.
Konta cited “slight knee pain” as her reason for skipping Beijing – the Premier Mandatory event that starts on Sept 30. She has already declined to enter Wuhan, which begins next Monday, so she will swerve the whole Asian swing.
It’s not impossible that Konta could still edge in among the top eight players in time for the WTA Finals – which start on Shenzhen on Oct 27 – and thus become the first Briton to participate since Virginia Wade in 1980. She currently stands at No. 11 in the pecking order.
But she would probably need to enter two more events in Europe at the very end of the season, and hope that a couple of the players ahead of her opted not to take up their places. Serena Williams must be considered a doubt, as her coach Patrick Mouratoglou has already said that she will not play before Shenzhen.
Konta was on the edge of qualification for the old WTA Finals venue of Singapore in both 2016 and 2017, only to be edged out by a pair of late runs – the first by Svetlana Kuznetsova, who was such a last-minute qualifier that she had to be ferried straight across from Moscow in a private jet, and the second from Caroline Garcia.

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