Konta withdraws from Kremlin Cup, allowing Garcia to clinch last WTA Finals berth
Johanna Konta of Great Britain returns a shot to Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic during their second round match of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, October 12, 2017 8:23AM EDT
MOSCOW -- The WTA says Johanna Konta has withdrawn from the Kremlin Cup next week, meaning Caroline Garcia has secured the eighth and last berth in the WTA Finals.
Konta still isn't ready to play after a left foot injury forced her out of the Hong Kong Open this month.
Konta was ranked a career-high fourth in July after reaching the Wimbledon semifinals but the British player has lost her first match at her last five tournaments, sending her slipping to 10th.
Meanwhile, Garcia has won tournaments in Beijing and Wuhan to overtake Konta.
Konta's withdrawal from Moscow makes Garcia the first Frenchwoman since 2006 to qualify directly for the end-of-season finals, which begin on Oct. 22 in Singapore.
The other qualified players are new No. 1 Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina, Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Jelena Ostapenko.