Aryna Sabalenka
Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus returns to Anett Liudmila Samsonova of Russia during a WTA tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Wednesday. Image Credit: AP

Aryna Sabalenka and Daria Kasatkina seal WTA Finals spots

October 21, 2022
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The season-ending event featuring top eight players will start in Texas on October 31

Aryna Sabalenka and Daria Kasatkina secured qualification for the WTA Finals on Thursday while a faceoff between Maria Sakkari and Veronika Kudermetova in Guadalajara will decide the final spot at the season-ending event on the women’s tour.

The WTA Finals, featuring the world’s top eight singles players and doubles teams, will start in Fort Worth, Texas on October 31.

Kasatkina, who was beaten 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 by Anna Kalinskaya on Thursday, will make her debut in the season finale after winning in San Jose and Granby, while fourth-ranked Sabalenka will make her second appearance.

Early scare

Greek fourth seed Sakkari kept alive her hopes of making the Finals by surviving an early scare and fighting back from a set down to beat American Danielle Collins 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.

With the deciding set level at 3-3, Sakkari, who had squandered a set point in the first set, dug deep to win three straight games against Collins and progress to the quarter-finals of the WTA 1000 event.

Sakkari will face Kudermetova, who beat Latvian Jelena Ostapenko 6-4, 6-4, and the winner of that match will snap up the last qualification spot on offer at the Finals.

Quarter-final showdown

“It was meant to be. It was meant for me and Veronika to be in that spot, fighting each other to get that last spot,” Sakkari told reporters. “I believe we’re both going to be very motivated to get it.”

Earlier on Thursday, two-time former Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka battled past Madison Keys 6-4 6-7(4) 6-1, ending the American’s hopes of qualifying for the Finals and setting up a quarter-final showdown with Coco Gauff, who rolled past Italian Martina Trevisan 6-0 6-3.

It will be the first meeting between the 33-year-old Azarenka and the American 15 years her junior, after overcoming second-set blunders to dispatch Keys in a tense two hours and 14 minutes.

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