Konta hopes scup­pered by foot in­jury

Evening Express (City Final) - - Sport -

JO­HANNA Konta’s hopes of qual­i­fy­ing for the WTA Fi­nals are over af­ter she pulled out of next week’s Krem­lin Cup with an in­jury to her left foot.

The Bri­tish No1 looked a near cer­tainty to claim the fi­nal eighth spot for the show­piece event in Sin­ga­pore later this month un­til Caro­line Gar­cia’s re­mark­able run.

The French­woman has taken ad­van­tage of Konta’s poor form with back-to-back ti­tles at the Wuhan and China Opens, two of the big­gest events on the WTA Tour. Konta could still have over­taken Gar­cia by reach­ing the fi­nal in Moscow but has not re­cov­ered from the foot prob­lem that forced her to pull out of this week’s tour­na­ment in Hong Kong.

It is the sec­ond year in a row that the 26-year-old has nar­rowly missed out on reach­ing the WTA Fi­nals. Twelve months ago, she trav­elled to Sin­ga­pore and took part in all the pre­tour­na­ment pub­lic­ity only for Svet­lana Kuznetsova to usurp her at the fi­nal mo­ment by win­ning the Krem­lin Cup. Konta, who has lost her last five matches, must now de­cide whether to ac­cept an al­ter­nate place in Sin­ga­pore, which would see her take the spot of any player forced to pull out.

Gar­cia joins Si­mona Halep, Gar­bine Mugu­ruza, Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svi­tolina, Venus Wil­liams, Caro­line Woz­ni­acki and Je­lena Ostapenko in the field.

NEW BLOW: Jo­hanna Konta.

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