Svetlana Kuznetsova chasing Johanna Konta for last WTA Finals place

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Svetlana Kuznetsova is defending her title in Moscow

Johanna Konta can only be overtaken by Svetlana Kuznetsova in the race to qualify for the WTA Finals, after Carla Suarez Navarro’s hopes ended in Moscow.

Suarez Navarro could have overtaken Konta by winning the Kremlin Cup but she retired in the second round.

Konta remains in line to take the last place at the eight-player season-ending event, but the Briton is not competing this week as she recovers from injury.

Kuznetsova, who also needs to win the title, beat Alize Cornet 6-4 7-5.

The Russian, who is the defending champion, will play Kristina Mladenovic or Timea Babos in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

Konta, 25, is eighth in the Singapore standings following the withdrawal of world number two Serena Williams, but it is not clear whether the Briton would be fit to play should she qualify.

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