Moscow re­sults to de­cide fi­nal WTA Fi­nals spot

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

With Ser­ena Wil­liams' de­ci­sion to with­draw from next week's WTA Fi­nals, the fi­nal spot in the yearend tour­na­ment will be de­cided in Moscow.

Svet­lana Kuznetsova of Rus­sia and Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain each know that win­ning the Krem­lin Cup will guar­an­tee a place at the eight-player fi­nals in Sin­ga­pore.

If nei­ther Kuznetsova nor Suarez Navarro wins, the fi­nal spot stays with Bri­tain's Jo­hanna Konta, who isn't play­ing this week as she tries to shake off an ab­dom­i­nal strain.

Suarez Navarro is happy to have her destiny in her own hands as she aims for her first ca­reer fi­nals ap­pear­ance in sin­gles.

"Some­times at the end of the sea­son, peo­ple are look­ing at other peo­ple, at other re­sults, but it's not my case," she said Tues­day. "Now it all de­pends on me. I think it's much bet­ter."

Kuznetsova is al­ready as­sured of her best year-end rank­ing since 2009 and is aim­ing to de­fend her Moscow ti­tle in front of a home crowd.

"If I can win the tour­na­ment it would be won­der­ful, great, and ev­ery­thing I'm wish­ing for, but I don't want to look that far ahead," she said.

Both Kuznetsova and Suarez Navarro have first-round byes in Moscow. The Rus­sian will start to­day against ei­ther France's Al­ize Cor­net or Shelby Rogers of the U.S., while Suarez Navarro faces a tricky match against ei­ther Lu­cie Sa­farova of the Czech Repub­lic or Rus­sian-born Aus­tralian Daria Gavrilova.

Wil­liams, a 22-time Grand Slam sin­gles cham­pion, an­nounced her with­drawal from the WTA Fi­nals on Mon­day, cit­ing a right shoul­der in­jury. It's the sec­ond year in a row she will miss the fi­nals.

Svet­lana Kuznetsova

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