With the first Premier Mandatory event of 2019 in the books, the Porsche Race to Shenzhen sees some new faces in the Top 8 this week.
Just as she launched herself into the Top 25 with a stunning run to her first career title, Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu can now have her eyes set on the WTA Finals.
The 18-year-old jumped up 10 spots to No.5 in this week's update, fresh off her stunning run to win the BNP Paribas Open over the weekend, the first-ever wildcard to do so.
Joining her in the Top 8 is runner-up Angelique Kerber, who rises nine spots to No.7 in the Race.
The German has qualifier for the WTA Finals in six of the past eight years, having finished runner-up in 2019.
Also cementing her spot in the upper tier of the Top 8 is Belinda Bencic, who slides up one place to No.3 in the Race after a semifinal showing in Indian Wells.
The Swiss No.1 saw her 12-match winning streak end at the hands of Kerber in the California desert, but she nonetheless is an early favorite to make her WTA Finals debut.
Here's how the Porsche Race to Shenzhen in singles stands as of March 18:
In doubles, surprise champions Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka soared into the Top 8 after winning their first title together in just their second tournament together.
World No.1s and beaten Indian Wells finalists Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova also make a move up the Race, as they enter the Top 8 with a five-spot rise to No.4.