Britain’s Konta misses out on WTA Finals place

Johanna Konta

Johanna Konta became the first British woman in 34 years to break into the world’s top 10

British number one Johanna Konta missed out on a place in the WTA Finals after Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Daria Gavrilova in the Kremlin Cup.

Kuznetsova’s 6-2 6-1 victory in Moscow ensured she took the eighth and final tournament spot.

Konta, who is in Singapore with the rest of the finalists, did not play this week due to an abdominal injury.

The Australian-born 25-year-old, ranked tenth in the world, will compete if any player withdraws.

Kuznetsova of Russia, 31, took just over an hour to defeat her 22-year-old Australian opponent on Saturday and qualify for her first WTA Finals since 2009.

“I was trying not to think about Singapore all week. I was playing match by match and I’m so happy to win,” she said.

Kuznetsova will next face world number three Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in Monday’s group stages, before later games against Czech Karolina Pliskova and Garbine Muguruza of Spain.

Konta was named the most improved player of the year in Singapore after she recorded seven victories over top-10 players.

She became the first British woman to break into the top 10 of the world rankings since Jo Durie in 1982.

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