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Johanna Konta out, Caroline Garcia in for WTA Finals

Britain’s Johanna Konta, who pulled out of the Hong Kong Open this month because of a left foot injury, has been forced to withdraw from the Kremlin Cup in Moscow next week due to the same injury. As a result, she will miss the chance to play in the WTA Finals in Singapore, a tournament that pits the top eight WTA players against each other. Konta needed to make the finals of the Kremlin Cup to secure a berth in the WTA Finals.

“I am obviously sad that I couldn’t continue my battle to make it to Singapore,” Konta wrote on Twitter. “I am working hard to recover well and still make it to Singapore as an alternate and to be competing in Zhuhai. Thank you everyone for the continued support and I’ll be seeing you guys soon on court.”

Konta has struggled after climbing up to fourth in the rankings in July when she reached the Wimbledon semifinals. She’s lost in the first round in five straight tournaments, falling to 10th overall.

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With Konta unable to go, Caroline Garcia of France will take her place. Garcia is coming off two straight WTA titles in the China Open and the Wuhan Open. She’ll have the opportunity to compete alongside No. 1 Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitoliva, Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Jelena Ostapenko.

Konta could still travel to Singapore as an alternate, something she did last year. The WTA Finals begin on October 22.

 

 

 

 

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