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Johanna Konta still not confirmed for WTA Finals as Caroline Garcia wins again

Konta still not confirmed for WTA Finals as Garcia wins again

05/10/2017 at 17:51Updated 05/10/2017 at 19:09

Johanna Konta’s hopes of reaching the WTA Finals in Singapore remain in the balance after Caroline Garcia reached the China Open quarter-finals.

France’s Garcia beat compatriot Alize Cornet 6-2 6-1 to book a clash with Elina Svitolina, who eliminated the other Finals hopeful Elena Vesnina 6-2 7-5.

World number 15 Garcia must reach the semi-finals to keep her hopes of sneaking into the season-ending tournament alive.

Konta is trapped in an awful run of five straight defeats, but holds the final qualification spot for the eight-player finale.

The British number one has pulled out of next week’s Hong Kong Open, leaving her relying on others – and potentially points in Moscow – to keep her spot.

The WTA Finals start on October 22.

China Open women's results

Round three

  • 3-Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) beat Elena Vesnina (Russia) 6-2 7-5
  • Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) beat Daria Gavrilova (Australia) 6-0 6-4
  • 9-Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) beat Peng Shuai (China) 3-0 (Peng S retired)
  • Sorana Cirstea (Romania) beat 4-Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) 6-1 7-5
  • Caroline Garcia (France) beat Alize Cornet (France) 6-2 6-1