Jo Konta faces another battle to get to the WTA Finals.
In 2016 The Brit missed out by 35 points to Svetlana Kuznetsova with it going down to the wire in Moscow.
In 2017 Jo missed out by 185 points for a place in Singapore
Now, Jo is close again but it will take some doing.
The top eight qualify and Jo has some work to do down in eleventh. Right now Jo is 735 points off Belinda Bencic who currently occupies the last position but has just withdrawn from Osaka.
Jo is also 683 points off Elina Svitolina in 10th place (one place above her) and it could have been more but Elina fell in the quarter finals of Zhengzhou.
With Shenzhen on the line it begs the question why isn’t Jo in Zhengzhou this week with big points on offer.
Statistically Jo has had her best year on tour which surprisingly didn’t get going until around the clay court season despite not much joy in the past.
14 wins at the majors is a high for the year for Jo which includes semi-final run at Roland Garros having never won there for four years and two quarter finals in Wimbledon and at the US Open.
Jo has come under criticism for her performances in her Grand Slam defeats.
Roland Garros, I can still picture that drive volley now. It was the performance of someone a little lost.
Wimbledon was where it really kicked off in press with a journalist questioning her. She didn’t deal well with the trickery of Strycova and it reminded me of the Vinci/Serena match at New York a few years back.
US Open? Lacked conviction. Elina did her bit but wasn’t pushed too much in the match.
It has been a good year but it’s business end now. Jo has been 6/6 in Fed Cup, finalist in Rome and Rabat as well as a season best seven top ten ranked wins a season will be defined on making it to Shenzhen.
Being 700+ off Bencic right now doesn’t help neither does inconsistent results including going into New York without a win since Wimbledon following round one exits in Cincinnati and Canada.
If Jo doesn’t make Shenzhen how do you rank her season?
I’d say a 7 out of 10.
Good results at majors throughout the year except Australia. Struggled to gain momentum, only winning two matches in a row twice in her first six tournaments. Good run on clay, lost Rabat final from a set and a break up.
Struggled in her defeats at Roland Garros and Wimbledon and winless from Wimbledon to New York.
There is still plenty of tennis to be played this year but I can’t see Shenzhen happening for Jo and it is a great shame if she doesn’t get there.