A trio of young players are ones to watch ahead of Indian Wells and Miami in this week's Porsche Race to Shenzhen.
WTA Staff
March 4, 2019

A sizzling spring is imminent for the WTA as the game's top players take aim at the Sunshine Swing, with back-to-back Premier Mandatory events in Indian Wells and Miami on tap in March.

With valuable points on offer in the Porsche Race to Shenzhen in those events, a trio of young players will be ones to keep an eye on as they reaped the rewards of a big week last week at the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL presentado por HSBC last week.

Acapulco semifinalist, 22-year-old Donna Vekic, leads the charge, as the Croatian continued her breakout season with a third semifinal of the year before losing to eventual champion Wang Yafan. 

Vekic bumped up two spots in this week's Race, moving up to No.13, as the highest-ranking mover for the week overall. 

Twenty-year-old American Sofia Kenin, runner-up in Acapulco in her second final of the season, not only reached a career-high ranking this week, but also enjoyed a bump up in the Race.

Read more: Kenin, Andreescu hit career highs in latest rankings

The Hobart International champion rises six spots to No.14 behind Vekic, while 18-year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu - herself a semifinalist in Mexico before losing out to Kenin in a dramatic encounter - follows her with a two-spot rise to No.15.

Here's how the Porsche Race to Shenzhen in singles stands as of March 4: