ROME, Italy - Serena Williams is finally a frontrunner on the Road To Singapore leaderboard again, going from No.6 to No.2 this week after winning the Premier-level Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome.
Williams had the quickest start of anyone in the year-long journey to the BNP Paribas WTA Championships Singapore presented by SC Global - after Week 1 of the season she was No.1 on the leaderboard, having won the only Premier-level event that week in Brisbane. But after a few early losses and withdrawals Williams started slipping - she even went as low as No.11 in February.
But now there's only one player ahead of her - Li Na, No.1 on the leaderboard. And with back-to-back Grand Slams coming up, the kind of tournaments she has been known to lift her game at time and time again, Williams is hoping to continue this momentum and not just be a frontrunner, but the frontrunner.
"I really hope I can make it," Williams said. "I'm getting closer. I didn't play so well for a while, and I was getting nervous, because I've been doing all these Singapore ads, and I was like, 'I hope I can even make it to Singapore!' But I'm getting there. I'm getting closer. I'm just trying to keep hope alive."
Another big move came from Sara Errani, who went from No.13 to No.10 after making the final in Rome. The Italian, who qualified for the WTA Championships for the first two times in 2012 and 2013, is now at her highest position this year - she was hovering between No.13 and No.18 all year until now.
Over on the doubles leaderboard, Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik made the exact same move as Williams after doing exactly what Williams did in Rome - winning the title - going from No.6 to No.2.
"We're definitely happy about going up on the Road To Singapore leaderboard," Peschke said. "It's everybody's goal for the end of the year and we're really happy to be playing better and better now.
"We've been sticking to the roots. We know each other very well from our past successes, and it's just great to be back together. We really feel comfortable with each other and want to keep it going."
Errani and Roberta Vinci, who also had a great week in Rome - they made the final - are still No.1 on the doubles leaderboard. They are more than 2000 points ahead of Peschke and Srebotnik as well, with 5015 points this week (Peschke and Srebotnik have 2906 points, so 2109 points behind).