WUHAN， China， Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- Johanna Konta defeated Carla Suarez Navarro on Wednesday in the third round of the Wuhan Open， a match featuring two players battling for a spot among the Top 8， who will qualify for the WTA Finals Singapore.
The win positions Konta 246 points out of the Top 8， and she could narrow the gap to 86 points should she advance to the semifinals. While the cutoff for the Top 8 will be a moving target， the narrow gap certainly indicates that a Top 8 finish for Konta is within striking distance.
Meanwhile， world No. 5 Simona Halep can secure her spot in Singapore by reaching the semifinals in Wuhan. She will play America's Madison Keys in the quarterfinals Thursday.
If Keys defeats Halep， the Romanian could still qualify this week， but that will require several results to fall in her favor.
While the focus centers on the "Road to Singapore" leaderboard at this time of the year， Konta also has a chance to make her top 10 debut on the WTA rankings this week， provided she is able to reach the finals in Wuhan with other results falling in her favor.
Currently ranked world No. 13， Konta faces a tough road to the Finals with a quarterfinal matchup against Petra Kvitova and a potential semifinal against the winner of Halep vs. Keys.
It has been 32 years since the world top 10 included a British woman. Jo Durie graced the top 10 in August 1984， before dropping out after a first round loss at the 1984 US Open.
Only three British woman have found their way to the top 10: Virginia Wade (with a career-high of No. 2)， Sue Barker (with a career-high of No. 3) and Durie (wtih a career-high of No. 5).
Konta is scheduled to play the China Open in Beijing next week and the Hong Kong Tennis Open the following week.
KHARTOUM, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- At least 8 people were killed on Wednesday and 19 others injured in a traffic accident on the road linking the Sudanese capital Khartoum and Wad Madani town of Gezira State in central Sudan O. J. Howard Youth Jersey , according to Traffic Police.
"The accident took place when a passenger bus collided with a mini-bus on the highway linking Khartoum and Gezira State," Col. Mussa Abdul-Ghader, Director of Gezira State's Traffic Police, said in a statement.
He attributed the reasons behind the accident to wrong crossing by the passenger bus coming from Khartoum Adarius Glanton Jersey , which led to its collision with the mini-bus.
He said the bodies of the accident's victims were transferred to GIAD Hospital in Gezira State, while the injured were transferred to Ibrahim Malik Hospital in Khartoum.
According to official statistics, 1,662 people were killed in traffic accidents in Sudan in 2015.
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Citizens and vehicle drivers complain about poor road conditions, while the ministry of roads and bridges attributes the accidents to overloaded trucks and high speed.
Sudan's interior ministry recently said it was working out new plans to reduce traffic accidents, including installation of radars to monitor speed on the country's highways.
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NAIROBI, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- Countries in the Sub-Saharan African region must adopt a new strategic vision that revolves around policy reforms, innovative financing and adoption of new technologies in order to transform their health sectors Chris Baker Jersey , experts said on Thursday.
The experts who spoke during the launch of report on status of health in Africa in Nairobi stated that a radical policy shift, visionary leadership, research, training and technology adoption are key to transforming the critical sector against a backdrop of a rising disease burden.
Alex Ezeh T.J. Ward Jersey , the Executive Director of Nairobi-based Africa Population Health Research Center (APHRC), said that a new vision for Africa's health sector is long overdue to help tackle soaring deaths linked to preventable ailments.
"Though several milestones have been achieved in Africa's health sector, bold actions must be taken now to avoid a relapse into the old order marked by unacceptably high rates of infectious diseases," said Ezeh.
He was a co-author of the report titled "The path to longer and healthier lives for all African by 2030 published by the Lancet Commission on the future of health in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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