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By Chris Oddo

(September 25, 2012) -- Agnieszka Radwanska became the fourth player -- along with Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams -- to qualify for the WTA Championships in Istanbul this week, but there is still room for players who are on the outside looking in to make a push to grab one of the four final spots at the prestigious event.

With Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber, Sara Errani and Li Na holding spots five through eight as the WTA Tour heads into the meat of the Asian swing this week in Tokyo, Sam Stosur, Marion Bartoli and the suddenly hot Caroline Wozniacki are still alive in the hunt.

But Stosur, Bartoli and Wozniacki have their work cut out for them. Each will have to do lots of winning over the next four weeks -- and lots of scoreboard watching too.

Besides the prestige of the event, which will be held on Oct. 23-28 at the Sinan Erdem in Istanbul, players stand to receive a guaranteed $110k with the chance to earn up to $1.75 million in Turkey.

Here’s a quick look a the standings as well as a peek at the schedules for the players who have a chance to qualify. Of note is the fact that Stosur, currently ranked 9th in the race, is scheduled to play four events in the next four weeks, while Li Na, currently ranked 8th, is not scheduled for anything beyond Beijing.

Key: Tok=Tokyo, Bej=Beijing, Linz=Linz, Lux=Luxembourg,
Mos=Moscow, Osa=Osaka
 

Current Rank

Name

Country

Points

Schedule

1

Azarenka

Belarus

qualified

Tok, Bej, Linz

2

Sharapova

Russia

qualified

Tok, Bej

3

Williams, Serena

USA

qualified

Beijing

4

Radwanska

Poland

qualified

Tok, Bej

5

Kvitova

Czech Republic

5310

Tok, Bej,

6

Kerber

Germany

5080

Tok, Bej, Lux

7

Errani

Italy

4820

Tok, Bej, Mos

8

Li

China

4152

Tok, Bej,

9

Stosur

Australia

3571

Tok, Bej, Osa, Mos

10

Bartoli

France

3345

Tok, Bej, Mos

11

Wozniacki

Denmark

3155

Tok, Bej,

12

Cibulkova

Slovakia

2445

Tok, Bej, Linz, Mos

 

 

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