Oct 06, 2016

    Cibulkova's China loss may cost her a WTA Finals' spot


    DOMINIKA Cibulkova will have to wait to secure a spot at the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore after she lost a gruelling encounter to Alize Cornet in the second round of the China Open in Beijing on Tuesday.

    The 27-year-old Cibulkova, who lost to Petra Kvitova in the final of the Wuhan Open on Sunday, would have guaranteed her spot at the season-ending event had she won the China Open, but was beaten 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 by France's Cornet.

    The Slovak's defeat ensured that world No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska and the Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova both secured their places at the Tour Finals in Singapore.

    "It's the goal of everyone to qualify for the WTA Finals," said defending champion Radwanska.

    "It will be exciting and a challenge to see different names and faces in this year's field."

    The top eight ranked players in the week of Oct 24 will qualify for the WTA Finals.

    World No. 1 Angelique Kerber, 22-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams and Romania's Simona Halep have also secured places at the tournament.

    During a rain-hit second day in Beijing, three matches were cancelled, including world No. 6 Pliskova's second-round clash against Russia's Daria Kasatkina.