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Svetlana Kuznetsova edges out Johanna Konta in race for WTA Finals

• Ninth-ranked Kuznetsova beats Daria Gavrilova 6-2, 6-1 to win Kremlin Cup
• Russian’s win secures spot at WTA Finals at expense of Britain’s Konta

Johanna Konta has been denied a place at the season-ending WTA Finals at the eleventh hour after Svetlana Kuznetsova won the Kremlin Cup in Moscow to leapfrog the Briton in the race for qualification.

On the eve of the season-ending showpiece, which features the top eight players in the world, Kuznetsova, the top seed and defending champion, overwhelmed the naturalised Australian Daria Gavrilova in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.

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