British No 1 Johanna Konta boosted her chances of making the WTA Finals later this month by beating one of her rivals Carla Suarez Navarro in the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open.
Russian Maria Sharapova ground down Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6 7-5 6-1 to win the Italian Open final on Sunday, the 35th WTA Tour title of her career. She will rise to number two in the world rankings.
Johanna Konta continued her impressive run of form by knocking out world No 17 Andrea Petkovic in the first round of the Wuhan Open. Konta beat the German 6-4, 7-5 at the WTA Premier event.
Johanna Konta claimed the biggest scalp of her blossoming career by beating world No 2 Simona Halep at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open in China.
Johanna Konta must defeat Carla Suarez Navarro if she is to maintain realistic hope of competing in the end of season WTA Finals. Konta is 10th but only the top eight will qualify.