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One spot left open for WTA Finals as Swiatek, Muguruza and Badosa qualify

Ons Jabeur and Anett Kontaveit will battle it out for the eighth and final place in Guadalajara

Iga_Swiatek_2021 © AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

One qualifying spot remains for the season-ending WTA Finals, with Ons Jabeur and Anett Kontaveit seemingly headed for a battle to clinch the eighth and final place in the field.

The WTA confirmed Monday that Iga Swiatek, Garbine Muguruza and Paula Badosa have all officially qualified for the Finals, which this year will be played in Guadalajara, Mexico, from Nov 10-17.

The trio join Aryna Sabalenka, Barbora Krejcikova, Karolina Pliskova and Maria Sakkari in the elite event. Swiatek and Indian Wells champion Badosa will be appearing in the WTA Finals for the first time while two-time Grand Slam winner Muguruza will be making her fourth appearance. With world No 1 Ash Barty choosing not to play, one spot remains.

Kontaveit thrust herself into contention at the weekend when she won the Kremlin Cup for her third title in the last couple of months. The Estonian sits 10th in the calendar-year Race (effectively ninth after Barty’s withdrawal), one place behind Jabeur.

But the advantage may be with the Estonian. Jabeur has pulled out of this week’s event in Courmayeur, while Kontaveit, coached by Dmitry Tursunov, is the No 2 seed at the Transylvania Open in Romania.

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