Simona Halep's championship run at Wimbledon boosts her to second place in the Porsche Race to Shenzhen behind Ashleigh Barty, while runner-up Serena Williams and quarterfinalist Johanna Konta are in the hunt for a Top 8 finish.
WTA Staff
July 16, 2019

Former World No.1 Simona Halep has risen to No.2 on the Porsche Race to Shenzhen leaderboard after capturing her second Grand Slam trophy at Wimbledon last week.

It was the Romanian's first title of the season following runner-up finishes in Doha and Madrid, and consequently she leaps five places to land just behind Race leader and Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty, whom Halep trails by 458 points. Barty and Halep are the only players to have reached the second week at every Grand Slam in 2019 so far.

Elsewhere, strong Wimbledon showings have resulted in a number of players threatening the edges of the Top 8. Quarterfinalist Johanna Konta backed up her Roland Garros semifinal run to make the last eight of consecutive majors for the first time, and climbs two places to No.8, displacing her Paris conqueror Marketa Vondrousova from the elite eight. Elina Svitolina, who broke new ground by reaching her maiden Grand Slam semifinal, rises three places to enter the Top 10 at No.10, pushing Angelique Kerber - whose Wimbledon title defence was ended in the second round by Lauren Davis - down to No.11. Looming just behind them is 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, whose runner-up finish at Wimbledon - her first final of the season - has resulted in a thirty-spot leap to land at No.12.

There's also a dramatic ascent for semifinalist Barbora Strycova, whose career-best Grand Slam showing has led to a 36-spot vault up to No.19. Elise Mertens, whose fourth-round run meant that the Belgian has now reached the second week of every major, also enters the Top 20, climbing four places to No.20.

Here's how the Porsche Race to Shenzhen stacks up for the week of July 15:

Porsche Race to Shenzhen, 15 July 2019