She displayed some high-level tennis at the Rogers Cup too, rattling off consecutive straight-sets wins to reach the final but once again fell to nemesis Halep in a high-quality final which lasted a marathon.
Halep, who won her first major title at this year's French Open, clinched the year-end top tennis ranking on Monday but may be forced to pull out of the upcoming Kremlin Cup and the season-ending WTA Finals because of a herniated disk.
Halep used a wildcard to make her return from a back injury in Moscow ahead of the WTA Finals next week and will come up against Pavlyuchenkova, a 7-5, 6-4 victor on Monday.
She added: "I'm doing physio to try to make [my back] stronger, but I haven't practiced 100 per cent yet". I don't need that and I don't want that, so I have to make good decisions in the next days.
Sixth racket of the world Elina Svitolina might be outside the list of the participants of the Final of the WTA tournament in Singapore.
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After that defeat, Loew admitted there was a debate about whether he should still retain his job. It was Matuidi who stepped on his foot and slipped, so this penalty was totally unfair.
This means that Elina Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova and Kiki Bertens will decide the remaining two travelers to Singapore but it has to be said that Svitolina chose to skip Moscow, leaving the door open for both of her rivals to pass her and plague her chances of reaching the WTA Finals.
"If I can't play here, I'm very doubtful that I will be able to play in Singapore".
Following Miami, Stephens broke into the WTA Top 10 for the first time in her career and after Roland Garros, she cracked the Top 5, climbing to a career-high ranking of No.3 on July 16, 2018.