Australia's Samantha Stosur says she is still looking to sneak into a potential backdoor slot for the $4.9 million WTA Championships in Istanbul later this month.
The 2011 US Open champion, currently ninth in the world, had been desperate to sneak into the season-ending WTA championship but missed out on the elite top-eight line-up after losing early to Julia Goerges in Beijing.
That defeat allowed China's Li Na to claim the final spot in the money-spinning tournament, leaving 28-year-old Stosur dependent on an injury withdrawal if she is to extend her season.
Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli is also breathing down Stosur's neck to be first choice replacement.
Stosur, top seed in Moscow this week, told reporters that this year, in contrast to some earlier sub-par showings in the Russian capital, she would be out to hit top form and take the title.
"This year I'm definitely come into this tournament hoping to do well," the 28-year-old Stosur, who announced a last-moment withdrawal from playing in Moscow last year.
"Last year I decided to withdraw from playing here just after the final in Osaka having already qualified for the WTA Championships. It was impossible to play all the Asian swing and then continue playing here.
"But this year I have a goal to finish ninth if possible. Of course me and Marion (Bartoli) will watch closely each other's perfomance here, both hoping to finish as the first substitute in Istanbul.
"And as far as we both failed to qualify for the main draw we'll go to Istanbul prepared to play at any moment looking what will happen to the other players there."
Stosur also said that she was satisfied in general with her performance this season.
"Compared to last year, this year looks probably more disappointing as my results were much lower," Stosur said.
"I didn't have such a big win like the US Open, but I had lot of semis and lot of quarters this year and overall it wasn't really bad."
AFPTags: tennis, sport, australia, turkey First posted October 16, 2012 09:15:56