Wrist in­jury ends Suarez Navarro’s bid to reach WTA Fi­nals

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

A wrist in­jury killed off Carla Suarez Navarro's hopes of qual­i­fy­ing for the WTA Fi­nals as the Span­ish player re­tired while fac­ing Aus­tralian Daria Gavrilova in the Krem­lin Cup yes­ter­day.

Need­ing to win the Krem­lin Cup to qual­ify for the elite com­pe­ti­tion in Sin­ga­pore this week­end, Suarez Navarro was down 6-4, 3-0 to Gavrilova in the sec­ond round when she re­tired.

Gavrilova, who was born in Moscow, will play ei­ther sev­enth­seeded Anas­ta­sia Pav­lyuchenkova of Rus­sia or Je­lena Jankovic of Ser­bia in the quar­ter­fi­nals.

Top-seeded Svet­lana Kuznetsova re­mains on course to claim the last WTA Fi­nals place af­ter she beat France's Al­ize Cor­net 6-4, 7-5 in their sec­ond-round match. The Rus­sian was in strong form, land­ing 76 per­cent of her first serves, and next plays ei­ther Hun­gar­ian Timea Ba­bos or French player Kristina Mlade­n­ovic.

Kuznetsova will qual­ify for the WTA Fi­nals only if she wins the Krem­lin Cup. Other­wise, the place goes to Bri­tain's Jo­hanna Konta.

The fourth-seeded Elina Svi­tolina of Ukraine eased past Yu­lia Putint­seva of Kaza­khstan 6-2, 6-2 and into the quar­ter­fi­nals. Svi­tolina next plays 18-year-old Croa­t­ian Ana Kon­juh, who had a sec­ond-round walkover when Rus­sian qual­i­fier Anna Blinkova was un­able to play.


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