With Monday’s announcement that Jessica Pegula has certified for the WTA Finals in Cancun, 5 of the eight spots are accounted for, as Pegula joins Aryna Sabalenka, Iga Swiatek, Coco Gauff and Elena Rybakina.
With the ultimate WTA 1000 of the season already underneath manner in Beijing, here’s a have a look at the closing phases of the race to the WTA Finals.
Pegula and doubles group of Hunter & Mertens qualify for WTA Finals
Seven gamers are vying for the ultimate three spots, and on the conclusion of Beijing, we’ll know at the very least yet one more participant within the WTA Finals subject because the participant who owns the No.6 spot on the leaderboard will qualify.
Because the leaderboard at the moment stands, the No.6 spot belongs to Marketa Vondrousova. By advantage of profitable her opening spherical match in Beijing, Ons Jabeur strikes from No.8 to No.7, whereas the No.8 spot belongs to Karolina Muchova, who just isn’t taking part in in Beijing. Simply 21 factors separate Vondrousova and Muchova, with Jabeur poised to maneuver up one spot to sixth if she wins her subsequent Beijing match. A Beijing ultimate for Jabeur would safe the sixth spot, no matter who wins the title.
Sakkari, an outsider
Maria Sakkari stays in rivalry to qualify for the WTA Finals. After the US Open, Sakkari discovered herself at No.15 on the leaderboard, however a late season surge sparked by a title run at a WTA 1000 in Guadalajara and a semifinal run in Tokyo has pushed her to No.9.
With a efficiency bye in Beijing because of reaching the Tokyo semifinal, Sakkari opens the match towards Linda Fruhvirtova. Sakkari can enter the Prime 8 by reaching the Beijing ultimate, although can have her Cancun hopes dashed if she fails to succeed in the Beijing semifinals.
Sakkari is scheduled to play within the WTA 500 match in Zhengzhou subsequent week, her ultimate alternative to earn factors.
Sakkari is unable to play the ultimate week of the season as she has reached her most variety of WTA 250 tournaments as a Prime 10 participant having competed in Linz and Nottingham; she additionally withdrew from Rabat after being accepted as a Prime 10 participant.
Beijing title or bust
Jelena Ostapenko, Daria Kasatkina and Veronika Kudermetova stay in rivalry for a ultimate qualifying spot however might want to win the title in Beijing to remain in rivalry.
Within the doubles race to the 2 groups — Coco Gauff / Jessica Pegula and Storm Hunter / Elise Mertens — have certified for the WTA Finals. There are eight groups battling for the ultimate six spots.
The Czech doubles group of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova have an opportunity to safe qualification outright with a win of their subsequent match towards Nicole Melichar-Martinez and Ellen Perez. The Czechs, who will begin their marketing campaign in Beijing on Wednesday, might safe qualification Tuesday if both Gabriela Dabrowski / Erin Routliffe or Vera Zvonareva / Laura Siegemund lose their respective matches.
Melichar Martinez and Perez at the moment sit at No.7 on the dwell leaderboard.
Zvonareva and Siegemund have utilized a late season surge to push into the Prime 8. Zvonareva and Siegemund made a run to the US Open ultimate and went on to win the title at Ningbo final week, which pushed them to No.9. With their opening-round win over Miyu Kato and Aldila Sutjiadi, Zvonareva / Siegemund pushed into the Prime 8 … for now.
Getting into Beijing, Dabrowski and Routliffe sit on the skin wanting in, at the moment holding the No.10 spot. That would change with win Tuesday, as that might doubtlessly push them into the Prime 8.
Hsieh Su-Wei and Wang Xinyu stay in rivalry, though the duo sits at No.9 following their opening spherical loss in Beijing and might want to earn factors over the ultimate two weeks of the season to have an opportunity to qualify.
The opposite groups that stay in rivalry are Desirae Krawczyk and Demi Schuurs and Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara, who each misplaced within the opening spherical in Beijing, together with Leylah Ferandez and Taylor Townsend.
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