THIS WEEK : After a few weeks of International-level tournaments, the Road to Singapore shifts gears with the beginning of the US Open Series in Stanford, California for the Bank of the West Classic.
A Premier event staged on the campus of Stanford University, Caroline Wozniacki (RTS No.11) holds the top seed in a field that includes two players currently among the RTS Top 8 – Carla Suarez Navarro (RTS No.4), Karolina Pliskova (RTS No.7) – and three players within striking distance of the Top 8 – Angelique Kerber (RTS No.10), Wozniacki, Agnieszka Radwanska (RTS No.12).
Meanwhile, Washington, D.C., will host the Citi Open, an International level event as players prepare for the US Open.
TOP 3 HOLD FIRM : The Top 3 on the RTS Leaderboard continue to hold firm. Serena Williams already booking her qualification for Singapore, while Maria Sharapova (RTS No.2) and Simona Halep (RTS No.3) close in on qualifying. Halep holds a 829 point lead over RTS No.4 Carla Suarez Navarro.
WOZNIACKI LOOKS FOR ANOTHER STRONG HARD COURT SEASON : Former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki finds herself in a familiar position. Last year, she left Wimbledon ranked No.20 in the RTS Singles Leaderboard, but an outstanding hardcourt run led the 2010 WTA Finals runner-up to Singapore. In total, last year, Wozniacki earned nearly 88-percent of her ranking points on hardcourts leading to her WTA Finals qualification (3,656 of 4,156), including 68-percent of her points after Wimbledon (2,840 of 4,156).
NEXT STOPS : The upcoming two weeks will feature back-to-back Premier 5 events - the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Canada and the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio – each offering 900 points to the winner. You can check out where the current Top 20 plans to play this summer here .
A TIGHT RACE : Currently, No.7-9 on the RTS Leaderboard – Karolina Pliskova, Petra Kvitova and Timea Bacsinszky – are separated by only 26 points. In fact, anyone ranked from Nos.9-21 could move into the Top 8 with a title in either upcoming Premier 5 tournament.