Serena Williams’ hiatus since New York has all but confirmed who will be playing at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen.
It is understood but not confirmed that the American will not play if she does qualify.
So who is in?
Ash Barty, Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova and Bianca Andreescu are in.
Defeats for Elina Svitolina (quarter finals) and Kiki Bertens (semi-finals) have delayed what looks an inevitable spot with two positions left and Serena not to play but there is still one player who could have a say…
Belinda Bencic has the joint most top ten wins this year with 9 and is still in contention.
Belinda is the second seed in Linz next week and a good run which let’s be honest to the final will put the cat amongst the pigeons.
Neither Elina Svitolina or Kiki Bertens were down to play next week.
However, at 5:14pm on Saturday night it was announced that Kiki Bertens took a wildcard to play Linz as well with Petra Kvitova (top seed) pulling out injured.
The following week is the Kremlin Cup in Russia which is a WTA Premier Event.
Elina Svitolina will be the top seed, Kiki Bertens the third seed and Belinda Bencic has been given a wildcard to the event.
Big points are on offer in Russia but for Belinda Bencic to stand a chance she has to do well in Linz (better than Bertens) and hope Bertens or Svitolina drop very early.
Out of those in the top 8 as we expect their win/loss record for 2019 against fellow members of the top 10 is as follows…
Win/Loss record vs Top 10 in 2019 (inc. retirements)