Very impressive! Humpy Koneru won when it counted, and everything else went just so for her to tie for first in the Women's Grand Prix tournament in Qatar and qualify for a world championship match later this year against Hou Yifan.
Coming into the last round, she was tied with Marie Sebag for second in the tournament, half a point behind Elina Danielan. Koneru needed to finish tied for first, but with no more than one of her two rivals. On paper it didn't look good at all: while she was facing a tail-ender, Zhu Chen, she would had Black. Further, Danielan was also facing a tailender, but with White, while Sebag, though Black, was facing the second lowest-rated player in the tournament. And yet it all worked out: Danielan was quickly held to a draw by Antoaneta Stefanova, Koneru won, and after a long struggle Sebag overpressed and lost.
By tying for first, Koneru leapfrogged Nana Dzagnidze and came in second in the overall Grand Prix standings, thus qualifying for a match against the World Champion. Why didn't the first place finisher qualify instead? That's because she - Hou Yifan - is already the World Champion. When they play, it will be their third match in a world championship, but their first world championship match in a proper sense. In the last two k.o. events, they played in the semi-finals, with Hou winning both times. Those were mini-matches; this time around they'll play 10 games, probably in or around August or September.