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RTS: DOUBLES DUOS SEEK PUSH TOWARDS SINGAPORE

Many teams can leave Roland Garros champions, but how has the current Top 8 reached their leaderboard ranking?

The doubles Road to Singapore Doubles Leaderboard is as close as singles with just 1,000 points separating No.1 and No.12. The 2,000 points the winners at next week’s French Open can severely impact who will be in the Top 8 entering the second half of the season.

1. Martina Hingis/Sania Mirza: They won their first 14 matches as a team, winning in Indian Wells and Miami without dropping a set and then the Charleston title. Their Charleston title also helped launch Mirza to the No.1 doubles ranking. They enter Roland Garros coming off of a quarterfinal run in Madrid and a runner-up finish in Rome and a 18-3 record.

2. Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Lucie Safarova: They partnered up for the first time at the Australian Open and upset five seeds in their six matches to claim the title. The American-Czech duo also won in Stuttgart and reached the semifinals and quarterfinals in Madrid and Rome, respectively.

3. Timea Babos/Kristina Mladenovic: They make up the only WTA Rising Star-team in the Top 8. A semifinal run in Sydney started their 2015 season and a title in Dubai quickly followed. Babos/Mladenovic are currently on an eight-match winning streak with two titles in Marrakech and Rome.

4. Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina: The veteran team from Russia has been one of the premier doubles teams over the past couple of years. Their season is highlighted by back-to-back finals in Indian Wells and Miami and they hope to recreate their 2013 title run at Roland Garros.

5. Caroline Garcia/Katarina Strebotnik: They began their season with a finals appearance in Brisbane, upsetting Hsieh Su-Wei and Mirza en route before falling to Hingis and Sabine Lisicki. They have been very consistent reaching another final in Stuttgart and semifinal showings in Dubai and Rome.

6. Garbiñe Muguruza/Carla Suárez Navarro: They finished their 2014 season at the WTA Finals, where they fell in their opening round match. Though they have only played five events in 2015, the All-Spaniard have made the finals in two events: Dubai and Madrid.

7. Alla Kudryavtseva/Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: They are a new team in 2015 and consistency has been key for the all-Russian pair. They have reached three semifinals this year at Dubai, Charleston and Rome.

8. Raquel Kops-Jones/Abigail Spears: The All-American team qualified for their first WTA Finals last year and fell 12-10 in the match tiebreaker to eventual champions Cara Black/Mirza in their first match. This year, they’ve won the title in Doha ,made the finals at Sydney and the quarterfinals at the Australian Open.

The updated Road to Singapore Leaderboard for singles and doubles is released on Mondays (except during Grand Slams) on wtafinals.com throughout the 2015 season.

 




 

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