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Last 16 Surge In Montréal

  • Posted: Jan 01, 1970

WTA Insider | It’s a Manic Thursday in Montréal, with all eight round of 16 matches taking place at the Rogers Cup. Stay tuned for all the action in the latest Live Blog!

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Top 10 Debut In Sight For Konta

  • Posted: Jan 01, 1970

Through to the quarterfinals at this week’s Rogers Cup in Montréal, British No.1 Johanna Konta is closing in on making her WTA Top 10 debut.

Konta will face Kristina Kucova, a qualifier fresh off a surprise win over hometown favorite Eugenie Bouchard Thursday night, in the second night match on Central. Depending on how the day unfolds, Konta could possibly secure a Top 10 spot with a win over Kucova.

But Konta’s climb also depends on Svetlana Kuznetsova, seeded No.9 in Montréal, and her upcoming quarterfinal result against No.5 seed Simona Halep. A look at the scenarios:

• If Kuznetsova loses, Konta can secure a Top 10 spot with a win over Kucova tonight.
• A win by Kuznetsova, would mean Konta must reach the final this week to move into the Top 10.
• Konta would face the winner of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Madison Keys in the semifinals.

It has been 32 years since the Top 10 included a British woman, when Jo Durie graced the Top 10 (week of August 20, 1984) at No.10 before dropping out following a first round loss at the 1984 US Open.

Only three British woman have found their way to the Top 10: Virginia Wade (career-high of No.2), Sue Barker (career-high of No.3) and Durie (career-high of No.5).

Carla Suárez Navarro and Dominika Cibulkova will both drop out of the Top 10 after Montreal.

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