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London | Konta to miss Asian swing

Johanna Konta, the BBC report, has decided not to play the Asian swing this year and, as a consequence, could miss out of the lucrative end-of-season extravaganza which is the WTA Championships.

Currently ranked 11, she could have lifted her ranking sufficiently to make the the top eight who qualify to compete at this end of year celebration in Shenzhen.

The British number one has withdrawn from the China Open in Beijing because of “slight knee pain” and did not enter next week’s tournament in Wuhan, China.

Currently the 28-year-old from Eastbourne is expected to play in Moscow’s Kremlin Cup in the middle of October.

With the top eight players competing in Shenzhen, the next 11 on the ranking list become eligible for the Elite Trophy which Konta is now likely to play.

The top eight players qualify for the WTA Championships in Shenzhen in China, but the next 11 – plus a wildcard – are eligible to compete in the Elite Trophy which is staged in the Chinese city of Zhuhai at the end of October.

This could well be where Konta will end her season.









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