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The draw for the tour finals was made on Friday at the WTA Gala at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, and puts the top eight female players for the season against each other.
Watson fell 6-4, 6-4 to Elise Mertens and never looked like troubling the Belgian while Broady was swept aside 6-0, 5-7, 6-1 by Puerto Rico's Monica Puig.
Sharapova was suspended by the WTA after testing positive for Meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open but the original two-year ban was later reduced before returning in April.
Roger Federer delivered a masterclass to beat Rafael Nadal in the final of the Shanghai Masters. Federer took just one hour and 12 minutes to record a dominant 6-4 6-3 victory against the number one.
Rafael Nadal will meet Roger Federer in the final of the Shanghai Masters after the Swiss second seed fought back to defeat Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro.
Nadal increased his winning streak to 16 matches after beating fourth-seed Marin Cilic 7-5, 7-6 (3) on Saturday and closes in on his second successive tournament win.
Maria Sharapova remains on course for a first WTA title since returning from a drugs ban after beating Peng Shuai in straight sets in the semi-finals of the Tianjin Open.
Rafael Nadal tied Andre Agassi for seventh place on the list of all-time Open Era wins when he reached the Shanghai Masters semi-finals on Friday.
Last season Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, who won both the Australian Open and US Open titles in 2016, clinched the year-end world No 1 team ranking after reaching the semi-finals in London.
Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki withdrew before her match against Lizette Cabrera with elbow pain, giving the Australian teenager a free passage into the quarter-finals.
The 30-year-old Scot has been seen this week practicing indoors at the All England Club, actually back on court as opposed to doing pure rehab work in the gym on his troublesome hip.
Spaniard Nadal needed two minutes over the hour to dispatch Italian Fognini 6-3 6-1, taking his winning streak to 14 matches since the start of the US Open where he claimed a 16th Grand Slam title.
Konta, who has failed to get beyond the quarter-finals of any tournament since last-four elimination at the hands of Venus Williams at SW1 in July, has been forced out with a foot problem.
World No 4 Alexander Zverev furiously destroyed his racket as he was beaten by Juan Martin del Potro in the last 16 of the Shanghai Masters. Del Potro won the match 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
Britain's former US Open junior champion Oliver Golding has revealed that he was once approached to fix a tennis match with an offer of €2,000 (£1,794).
Fognini was initially fined £18,500 after he was heard calling Louise Engzell a 'whore' during his first-round singles loss in New York. Fognini was subsequently suspended from the tournament.
The top-ranked Spaniard and No 2 Federer both advanced by winning their opening matches in straight sets, and are both in contention for the season-ending No 1 ranking.
Aljaz Bedene lasted just 12 minutes against Alexander Zverev at the Shanghai Masters before retiring for the second time in two weeks. The British No 2 is struggling with a right knee injury.
Before Federer had entertained fans on the hard courts at the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena, the 36-year-old tennis legend thrilled locals by riding alongside them on public transport.
The controversial Nick Kyrgios has been slapped with a financial penalty after retiring early on during his match with Steve Johnson on Tuesday at the Shanghai Masters.