After winning her second straight Mutua Madrid Open title, Simona Halep rocketed into the Top 8 of the Porsche Race to Singapore on Monday in the latest update of the chase to the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.
Moving up 21 spots this week to No.8, Halep sees her quest for a fourth straight ticket to the tour's year-end championships strengthened by her first title of the year, and the third Premier Mandatory title of her career. The Romanian has competed in the last three editions of the WTA Finals and finished runner-up in her debut in 2014.
Madrid runner-up Kristina Mladenovic also keeps climbing on the Porsche Race to Singapore, as the Frenchwoman rises three spots to No.4.
Mladenovic continues her chase to qualify for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global in singles for the first time in her career in her breakthrough 2017 season, having twice qualified for the tournament in doubles.
Svetlana Kuznetsova, a semifinalist in Madrid, also rises four spots along with Mladenovic to break into the Top 8 at No.7 and she'll look to continue her clay-court charge in her 14th career appearance in Rome this week.
With Serena Williams' announcement of her pregnancy and subsequent end to her 2017 season, the Australian Open champion comes off the leaderboard this week, leading to shuffling in the rankings.
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In doubles, Martina Hingis and Chan Yung-Jan won their second title as a team, and second Premier Mandatory event in Madrid, to sit at No.3 in the doubles Porsche Race to Singapore.
To win their second Premier Mandatory title of the season, the duo defeated Andrea Hlavackova and Timea Babos, who have won one title and reached another final in their two tournaments since partnering up and currently sit at No.13 in the Porsche Race to Singapore.