Carla Suarez Navarro, of Spain, returns a ball against Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during the second round of the Pan Pacific Open women's tennis tournament in Tokyo, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Eugene Hoshiko
October 22, 2015

MOSCOW (AP) Lucie Safarova qualified for the WTA finals Thursday after her last rival Carla Suarez Navarro lost to a qualifier at the Kremlin Cup.

Suarez Navarro could have qualified for the season-ending tournament in Singapore by reaching the final in Moscow but was beaten 6-1, 6-2 by Russia's Daria Kasatkina in the quarterfinals.

Suarez Navarro landed just 56 percent of her first serves as she was dismissed in less than an hour by Kasatkina, who at 104th in the world is ranked 90 places below her Spanish opponent.

Czech player Safarova had lost in the first round in Moscow to reigning champion Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

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