With her second title of the year under her belt at the Nature Valley International, Caroline Wozniacki has moved back into second place in the Porsche Race to Singapore standings.
Alex Macpherson
July 2, 2018

With Caroline Wozniacki's title run at the Nature Valley International last week, the Dane became just the third player to win multiple trophies at Premier level or above in 2018 following Petra Kvitova and Elina Svitolina - and consequently has been lifted back into the No.2 spot in the Porsche Race to Singapore.

The Australian Open champion's first title since her long-awaited Slam triumph in January also marks her 29th tournament victory overall - two months away from the decade anniversary of her first WTA title, in Stockholm in August 2008. Nine years after her first Eastbourne title, Wozniacki also becomes the first repeat winner at the Wimbledon warm-up since Justine Henin, who lifted the trophy in 2006 and 2007.

As in 2009, the Dane dropped just two sets en route to being crowned champion: nine years ago, she was takem to three sets by Samantha Stosur in the second round and Aleksandra Wozniak in the semifinals before defeating the unseeded Virginie Razzano 7-6(5), 7-5 in the final; last week, Johanna Konta pushed Wozniacki to a decider in the third round, as did Angelique Kerber in the semifinals, before the 27-year-old overcame the unseeded Aryna Sabalenka by the almost identical scoreline of 7-5, 7-6(5) in the last round. Wozniacki's one-place rise pushes Kvitova, who withdrew with a hamstring injury in the third round, down to No.3.

Defending Eastbourne champion Karolina Pliskova might have fallen in the quarterfinals to Sabalenka, but the Czech still solidifies her position in the Top 8 standings, rising one place to No.7 ahead of the inactive Garbiñe Muguruza - the only other move within the Race Top 8.

Further down, Sabalenka's shock final run - in which the eventual runner-up forged three-set wins in each of her matches, including upsets of past champions Pliskova and Agnieszka Radwanska - sees the Belarusian soar 14 spots to land at No.24. The 20-year-old, who became the youngest player to have reached a Premier-level final in Eastbourne, is also the youngest player in the Race Top 40.

A resurgent Radwanska also got her year off the ground on the south coast of England, with her first semifinal run in 10 months lifting the Pole 25 rungs to No.52. Meanwhile, 2013 Wimbledon semifinalist Kirsten Flipkens continued her strong grass season, backing up her 's-Hertogenbosch final a fortnight ago by taking the ITF $100,000 title in Southsea, a result that sees the Belgian climb 10 spots to No.33.

Here's how the Porsche Race To Singapore stands as of July 2:

Porsche Race to Singapore update, 2 Jul 2018