Garcia won back-to-back titles in Wuhan and
Beijing, beating Simona Halep in the final of the latter to move
past Konta in the Race to Singapore rankings at the start of
this month, but withdrew from the ongoing Tianjin Open with an
Her withdrawal gave Konta an outside chance of qualifying for
the Oct. 22-29 event, although she would have had to reach the
finals of the Moscow tournament to overtake Garcia.
"Qualifying for the WTA Finals in Singapore means the world to
me," Garcia, who will be making her first-ever singles
appearance at the event, told the WTA website.
"I'm very proud to be among the top eight players of the season
and I'm looking forward to being part of that incredible field."
Final field for WTA Finals:
Garbine Muguruza (Spain), Simona Halep (Romania), Karolina
Pliskova (Czech Republic), Elina Svitolina (Ukraine), Venus
Williams (U.S.), Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark), Jelena Ostapenko
(Latvia), Caroline Garcia (France).
(Writing by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by John
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