Moscow - Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska is the last player to qualify for the season finale of the top eight tennis pros in Istanbul next week (October 25-30). The 22-year-old benefited from the quarter-final refusal of Marion Bartoli in Moscow. The Frenchwoman failed to play for the match on Friday against Jelena Wesnina (Russia) due to a virus infection, but is the first substitute for Andrea Petkovic (Darmstadt) for Istanbul.
After her resignation, Bartoli has no chance to catch up with Radwandska, who is in eighth position in the Champions Race. To do that, Osaka winner Bartoli would have won the tournament in Moscow.
Petkovic wants to travel despite a meniscus injury in recent weeks as a replacement number two on the Bosporus. "I can not miss the chance. For that I worked for many months ", the world number ten had declared last.
For the endowed with 4.9 million dollars end of the season so are qualified: the world number one Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark), Maria Sharapova (Russia), Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic), Wiktoria Asarenka (Belarus), Paris-winner Li Na (China), Wera Swonarewa (Russia), US Open Champion Sam Stosur (Australia) and Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland). Defending champion Kim Clijsters from Belgium did not qualify.