BEIJING, China - Two Singapore qualifying spots could be decided by the end of play on Thursday at the China Open. Five qualifying spots remain open for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, and two of them could be decided on Thursday at the China Open.
Today's singles qualifications hinge on the result of two third-round matches: Kiki Bertens vs. Katerina Siniakova and Caroline Wozniacki vs. Anett Kontaveit.
- If Bertens loses to Siniakova (2nd match on Moon Court), then Petra Kvitova qualifies for the WTA Finals
- If Bertens loses AND Wozniacki wins, then Petra Kvitova and Caroline Wozniacki qualify for WTA Finals. Wozniacki plays the third match on Lotus Court (not before 4:30pm).
In addition to singles qualification implications, one doubles match could set the entire doubles field for Singapore. Four teams have already qualified for Singapore: Krjecikova/Siniakova, Babos/Mladenovic, Sestini Hlavackova/Strycova, Mertens/Schuurs.
If Gabrielle Dabrowski and Xu Yifan defeat Olivia Rosolska and Abigail Spears on Thursday (12:30pm, 1st match on Lotus Court), then the remaining four teams would qualify to complete the field: Dabrowski / Xu, Klepac / Martinez Sanchez, Melichar / Peschke, Barty / Vandeweghe.
Here are the general singles qualification scenarios as play begins on Thursday, October 4th:
Simona Halep: Retired in the first round of Beijing due to back injury.
Angelique Kerber: In the third round of Beijing to play Zhang Shuai.
Naomi Osaka: In the third round of Beijing to play Julia Goerges.
Chance to Qualify in Beijing:
Petra Kvitova: Despite losing in the first round, the Czech can still qualify this week depending on other results.
Caroline Wozniacki: Currently in the third round and will play Anett Kontaveit. Wozniacki can qualify by making the semifinals, or sooner depending on other results.
Sloane Stephens: Lost in the third round to Dominika Cibulkova. Stephens cannot qualify this week. She would need a wildcard to play any events in the next two weeks.
Kiki Bertens: Currently in the third round to play Katerina Siniakova. Bertens can qualify by winning the title, or sooner depending on other results.
Karolina Pliskova: Currently in the third round to play Wang Qiang. Pliskova can qualify by winning the title, or sooner depending on other results.
Regardless of their results, Kvitova, Wozniacki, Stephens, Bertens, and Pliskova cannot be eliminated from the Race to Singapore this week.
Others still with a chance to qualify in the Top 8:
Elina Svitolina: Lost in the first round of Beijing. She is scheduled to play Hong Kong and would need a wildcard to play Moscow.
Aryna Sabalenka: Currently in the third round to play Caroline Garcia. Sabalenka must make the semifinals in Beijing to stay in qualifying contention. She is currently scheduled to play Tianjin and would need a wildcard to play Moscow or Luxembourg.
Julia Goerges: Currently in the third round to play Osaka. Goerges needs to win the title in Beijing to stay in qualifying contention. Scheduled to play Linz and Luxembourg.
Anastasia Sevastova: Currently in the quarterfinals and will play Cibulkova. Sevastova must win the title in Beijing and take a wildcard into an International tournament next week to stay in qualifying contention.
Qualification for the WTA Finals is based on a number of variables and only becomes official when the respective player has reached a point total that will assure a Top 8 finish on the Porsche Race to Singapore Leaderboard. The WTA Finals Qualification Team takes into account the possibility of players accepting late wildcards to enter events in the final two weeks of the season.
The WTA is now accepting applications for Media Accreditation for the 2018 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. Applications can be submitted here.
This article was first seen on www.wtatennis.com.