Monterrey, Mexico and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia were this past week’s pit stops on the WTA calendar. The Abierto Monterrey Afirme and BMW Malaysian Open were both International-level events with a purse of $500,000 and $250,000, respectively.
Four-time WTA Finals qualifier Caroline Wozniacki was the breakthrough player of the week after earning the 23rd WTA singles title of her career in Kuala Lumpur. Although she moved only 4 spots on the Leaderboard, she jumped into the top 8 at No. 7 and is in striking distance to No. 5 Ekaterina Makarova.
There were no changes in the top six of the Leaderboard with Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep leading the pack. WTA Rising Star Karolina Pliskova, Makarova and Venus Williams take the next three spots. Petra Kvitova is just below Wozniacki at No. 8 and Madison Keys and Carla Suarez Navarro are tied at No. 9.
Timea Bacsinszky continued her stellar 2015 by winning the Abierto Monterrey Afirme and setting herself at No. 11 on this week’s Leaderboard. It was her second consecutive title after her win in Acapulco. In a bout of déjà vu, Rising Star Caroline Garcia fell in the finals of both Acapulco and Monterrey, but moved up 11 spots to No. 17. Other big risers this week are Kuala Lumpur finalist Alexandra Dulgheru (No. 46 to No. 26), semifinalists Jarmila Gajdosova (No. 38 to No. 28) and Su-Wei Hsieh (No. 330 to No. 98) and Monterrey quarterfinalist Urszula Radwanska (No. 89 to No. 55)
This week, the first Premier Mandatory event of the 2015 WTA season, the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California begins. The tournament offers 1,000 points for the winner and can shake up the Road to Singapore Leaderboard dramatically. Serena Williams leads the player field, while nine of the top 10 and 17 of the top 20 players are scheduled to play the two-week event