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RTS: RADWANSKA CLOSES IN ON SINGAPORE

Agnieszka Radwanska won the Toray Pan Pacific Open for her first title of 2015, launching her into the tight race of potential WTA Finals qualifiers

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Agnieszka Radwanska captured her first title of the year at the Toray Pan Pacific Open, dominating WTA Rising Star Belinda Bencic, 6-2, 6-2.The win put the Pole, a six-time WTA Finals participant and four-time qualifer, back into the Top 10 of the WTA Singles Rankings and up to No.9 on this week's Road to Singapore Singles Leaderboard.

The Top 8 of the Singles Leaderboard didn't shift with No.1 Serena Williams leading the pack with 9.945 points. Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova, who join Williams as qualifiers for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, sit and Nos.2 and 3, respectively.

No.4 Petra Kvitova is next in position to qualify for Singapore and can better her chances with a strong defense of her title at the Wuhan Open this week. Lucie Safarova, Flavia Pennetta, Angelique Kerber and Carla Suárez Navarro round out this week's Top 8.

The race to qualify for Singapore is extremely tight, with just over 500 points separating No.6 Pennetta and No.14 Timea Bacsinzky. Players in the mix that could boost up their chances for a Singapore ticket include WTA Rising Stars Karolina Pliskova, Garbiñe Muguruza and Belinda Bencic as well as Caroline Wozniacki.

This week, the tour travels to Wuhan, China for the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, a Premier 5-level event, with 900 points being awarded to the winner. Wuhan and the Premier Mandatory next week in Beijing give a better sight as to who will reach the season's grand finale in Singapore.

The updated Road to Singapore Leaderboard for singles and doubles is released on Mondays on WTAFinals.com throughout the 2015 season.




 

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