New Haven champion Daria Gavrilova seized her first title in style last week - and it's sent the Australian rocketing up 12 spots in the Porsche Race to Singapore to land at No.17.
The 23-year-old was playing her third career final, and second of 2017 following her loss to compatriot Samantha Stosur in Strasbourg in May - the highlights of a solid year for the former junior No.1, who also reached her second consecutive fourth round at the Australian Open in January and had quarterfinal showings in Rabat, Rome and Birmingham.
Previously known as something of an upset artist, Gavrilova has notched another five Top 20 scalps so far this year. However, her increasing ability to go deep into draws has enabled her to consolidate the Top 30 position she achieved at the end of 2016 - and to break the Top 20 in the WTA Rankings as well this week.
With the Top 10 in the Race all taking the week off prior to the US Open, there is no movement on the 'Grid' among the Singapore frontrunners. However last year's WTA Finals champion Dominika Cibulkova, runner-up to Gavrilova in New Haven, is also rewarded with an ascent into the Race Top 20, climbing eight spots to land at No.18.
Meanwhile top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, who made just her second semifinal of 2017, inches up three places to No.28, while Elise Mertens, who put together a semifinal run out of qualifying, moves up nine places to the brink of the Top 30 at No.31.
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