Garcia qualifies for WTA Finals after Konta's Kremlin Cup withdrawal

Caroline Garcia will take the eighth spot at the WTA Finals in Singapore in Konta's place

Caroline Garcia will take the eighth spot at the WTA Finals in Singapore in Konta's place

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.

Johanna Konta has chose to withdraw from next week's Kremlin Cup, resulting in her absence from the end-of-season WTA Championships.

Konta could still travel to the event as an alternate but she has yet to make a final decision.

However, the 26-year-old has opted to withdraw with a foot injury, which also resulted in the world number 10 struggling ahead of the China Open last week.

That defeat was her fifth consecutive loss, the first time she has been on such a miserable streak since November 2009.

No British woman has participated in the WTA's season-ending event since Virginia Wade in 1980 and Konta has come agonisingly close for a second year running. Twelve months ago, she travelled to Singapore and took part in all the pre-tournament publicity only for Svetlana Kuznetsova to usurp her at the final moment by winning the Kremlin Cup.

The WTA Finals take place in Singapore between October 22 and 29.