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Stats Corner: Azarenka, Kvitova, Sharapova still in Singapore contention

With the seven months of the season in the book, find out how several former WTA Finals stalwarts may yet rise up the Porsche Race to Singapore leaderboard and book their tickets to Singapore.

 

We're less than 100 days out from the 2017 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, and it's still anyone's game on the Porsche Race to Singapore leaderboard.

The North American summer hardcourt swing promises a slew of continued comebacks from former World No.1s Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova, plus 2011 WTA Finals champion Petra Kvitova. Meanwhile, Angelique Kerber left The Championships at Wimbledon without the No.1 ranking she'd held for much of the season, but put together a strong performance to reach the second week and push eventual champion Garbiñe Muguruza to three sets.

To qualify for Singapore, each of these women will have to put in stellar performances over the next few weeks, particularly at the US Open, the final Grand Slam of the season, but also at the Premier 5 tournaments at the Rogers Cup, Western & Southern Open, and the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, and the final Premier Mandatory of the season at the China Open in Beijing.

YEAR

PLAYER

MOST POINTS AFTER WIMBLEDON

POINTS AHEAD OF WTA FINALS

PCT

2010

CAROLINE WOZNIACKI

4575

7518

.609

2011

SAMANTHA STOSUR

3127

5207

.601

2012

SERENA WILLIAMS

3380

7900

.428

2013

SERENA WILLIAMS

4800

12040

.399

2014

SERENA WILLIAMS

3936

7147

.551

2015

ROBERTA VINCI

2292

2852

.804

2016

ANGELIQUE KERBER

3250

8087

.402

Kerber led the field last year in points earned after Wimbledon, earning just over 40% of her 8087 total thanks to a run to the Rogers Cup semifinals, the Western & Southern Open final and her second Grand Slam title at the US Open.

In the last seven years, the woman to earn the most points after the season's third Grand Slam title qualified for the WTA Finals six times, the sole exception being surprise US Open runner-up Roberta Vinci in 2015.

KVITOVA

POINTS AFTER WIMBLEDON

POINTS AHEAD OF WTA FINALS

PCT

2010

1638

1684

.973

2011

2465

5871

.420

2012

4596

5392

.852

2013

2301

4851

.474

2014

4056

5599

.724

2015

1018

3493

.291

2016

2580

3653

.706

While all four women have proven to be adept on hardcourts, Kvitova has the most history behind her when it comes to this part of the season, earning 40% or more of her total points after Wimbledon in six of the last seven years.

The two-time Wimbledon champion tore through the second half of last season in particular, earning over 70% of her final 3653 total after winning the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open.

AZARENKA

POINTS AFTER WIMBLEDON

TOTAL POINTS BEFORE WTA FINALS

PCT

2010

1836

4067

.451

2011

1371

5873

.233

2012

3246

10191

.319

2013

2626

7676

.342

2014

676

1492

.453

2015

700

2276

.308

Azarenka is a two-time Australian Open champion, causing more of her points to have come at the start of her seasons in years past, despite finishing runner-up at two consecutive US Opens.

Still, the Belarusian has tended to rely on at least a third of her final point total to come after Wimbledon, which helped her qualify for the WTA Finals for five straight years between 2009 and 2013.

SHARAPOVA

POINTS AFTER WIMBLEDON

POINTS AHEAD OF WTA FINALS

PCT

2010

1301

2591

.502

2011

1530

6370

.240

2012

2295

9115

.252

2013

1

5891

.000

2014

1800

6680

.269

2015

1

4322

.000

Sharapova skipped the much of summer hardcourt swing in 2013 and 2015, and typically earning most of her points at the European clay tournaments. The Russian last reached the US Open final in 2006, when she beat Justine Henin for her second major title, and made the semifinals in 2012.

She has been especially successful in Beijing, where she made the final in 2012 - falling to Azarenka - and won the title in 2014 - beating Kvitova.

How will the Porsche Race to Singapore leaderboard look after the US Open? Stay tuned for the next few weeks of action in North America, starting at the Bank of the West Classic and Citi Open in Stanford and Washington, DC, respectively.

 

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This article was first seen on www.wtatennis.com.

 




 

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