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STATS CORNER: A LOOK BACK

How have January Road To Singapore Leaderboard Top 8 fared in recent years? How many players moved on to qualify for WTA Finals? Find out here!


The first month on the Road to Singapore saw stops in China (Shenzhen), New Zealand (Auckland) and Australia (Brisbane, Hobart, Sydney and Australian Open). When the dust settled and the first Road to Singapore Leaderboard was unveiled, the Australian Open finalists – champion Serena Williams and runner-up Maria Sharapova – held the top two spots. The Top 8 was rounded out by Australian Open semifinalists Madison Keys and Ekaterina Makarova, with Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Venus Williams and Madison Brengle rounding out the Top 8.

While the season is still young, with the WTA Finals nine months away, the Leaderboard has already started to take shape. Here is a look at how the January leaders have fared recently:

2014: Four of January Top 8 qualified

IN: Genie Bouchard, Agnieszka Radwanska, Ana Ivanovic, Serena Williams

OUT: Li Na, Dominika Cibulkova, Victoria Azarenka, Angelique Kerber

2013: Four of January Top 8 qualified

IN: Azarenka, Li, A.Radwanska, S.Williams

OUT: Sloane Stephens, Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Elena Vesnina

2012: Six of January Top 8 qualified

IN: Azarenka, Sharapova, Kvitova, Radwanska, Errani*, Li*

OUT: Clijsters, Wozniacki, Hantuchova*

*Tied at 7th

2011: Four of January Top 8 qualified

IN: Li, Wozniacki, Vera Zvonareva, Kvitova

OUT: Clijsters, Andrea Petkovic, Peng Shuai, Francesca Schiavone

2010: One of January Top 8 qualified

IN: Dementieva

OUT: S.Williams, Henin, Zheng, Li, Azarenka, Wickmayer, Kirilenko

In The Last Five Years…

Highest number of points on January Leaderboard: Victoria Azarenka’s 2470 (2012)

Curse? No player who's been number 1 on the January Leaderboard has gone on to win at the WTA Finals since Serena Williams did it in 2009.

The last time a player was not in the Top 8 in January and won the WTA Finals: 2010, Kim Clijsters

Finals fixtures: Active players with greatest number of (recent) appearances

1. Serena Williams (2001-2002, 2004, 2007-2009, 2012-2014) 5 victories

2. Maria Sharapova: (2004-2007, 2011-2012, 2014) 1 victory

3. Agnieszka Radwanska: (2008-2009, 2011-2014)

4. Victoria Azarenka: (2009-2013)

5. Caroline Wozniacki: (2009-2011, 2014)




 

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