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Zhuhai | Konta secures spot at 2019 year-ending Elite Trophy

Zhuhai | Konta secures spot at 2019 year-ending Elite Trophy

Johanna Konta has qualified for the fifth annual Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai, joining Aryna Sabalenka, Sofia Kenin, Madison Keys and Petra Martic in the draw.

I’m honoured to have qualified for the Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai and to be among the top players of the season Johanna Konta

Zhuhai’s 12-player singles field includes 10 of the WTA’s Top 20 players, in addition to one wildcard.

The players will compete in 4 round robin groups of 3, with the winners of each group advancing to the semi-finals.

The six doubles teams will be split into 2 round robin groups, with the winner of each advancing to the final.

Set to take place in the southern Chinese coastal city of Zhuhai at the custom designed and state-of-the-art Zhuhai Hengqin International Tennis Centre from 22-27 October, the Elite Trophy offers over $2.4 million in prize money.

Among the prominent list of players who will compete in Zhuhai, Konta reached the semi-final stage at Roland Garros this year followed by quarter-final appearances at Wimbledon and the US Open.

“I’m honoured to have qualified for the Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai and to be among the top players of the season,” said Konta. “Zhuhai is an amazing city, and I can’t wait to be back to compete in front of all the wonderful fans.”

Sabalenka will join the field after a 2019 season highlighted by winning titles at the Shenzhen Open in the opening week of the season, and most recently at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, where she successfully defended her title.

Two Americans, Kenin and Keys, also join the lineup – Kenin has won 3 titles this year, at the Hobart International, Mallorca Open and Guangzhou International Women’s Open, and currently leads the Tour for most hard-court match wins this season (37); while Keys captured 2 titles this season, including the Volvo Car Open (Charleston) and Western & Southern Open (Cincinnati).
Martic lifted her maiden WTA singles title at the BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup and joins the list of those competing in Zhuhai, with 6 more qualifying spots remaining to be determined, along with one wildcard.

About The Author

Barbara Wancke

Barbara Wancke is a Tennis Threads Tennis Correspondent who has been involved in the sport for over 40 years, not only as a former player, umpire and coach but primarily as an administrator and tennis writer contributing over the years to Lawn Tennis, Tennis World, and Tennis Today. She has worked with the Dunlop Sports Co, IMG and at the ITF as Director of Women’s Tennis, responsible, amongst other things, for the running of the Federation Cup (now Fed Cup), and acting as Technical Director for tennis at the Seoul Olympics (1988). She subsequently set up her own tennis consultancy Tennis Interlink and was elected to the Board of the TIA UK where she became the Executive Administrator and Executive Vice President until she stood down in July 2014 and is currently an Honorary Vice President.

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