Defending champion Svitolina makes it seven of eight players confirmed for WTA Finals Shenzhen - Latest Road to Shenzhen standings and WTA Finals player updates

Hannah Wilks in WTA 16 Oct 2019
  • Latest updates and Porsche Road to Shenzhen standings
  • Defending WTA Finals champion Elina Svitolina becomes seventh player to qualify
  • Last place down to Kiki Bertens and Belinda Bencic's Kremlin Cup results
Defending champion Elina Svitolina has qualified for the WTA Finals Shenzhen (PA Sports)

Defending champion Elina Svitolina has become the seventh player to qualify for the WTA Finals Shenzhen.

*Geo-restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify

The latest WTA Porsche Road to Shenzhen standings see Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova officially qualifying for the season-ending championships, leaving two spots open.

The WTA Finals, to be played in Shenzhen for the first time in 2019, feature the eight players who have accumulated the most points over the course of the calendar year, with points tracked by the Porsche Road to Shenzhen standings. Seven players have qualified for the singles field: French Open champion Ashleigh Barty; Karolina Pliskova, winner of four titles in 2019; Wimbledon winner Simona Halep; US Open champion Bianca Andreescu; Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka; Petra Kvitova, Sydney and Stuttgart champion this season; and most recently Elina Svitolina, the defending champion.

Seven doubles teams have qualified: Wimbledon champions Barbora Strycova and Su-Wei Hsieh; US Open champions Aryna Sabalenka and Elise Mertens; reigning WTA Finals champions, Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Babos; the Chan sisters and the duo of Samantha Stosur and Zhang Shuai and most recently, Anna-Lena Groenefeld/Demi Schuurs and Barbora Krejcikova/Katerina Siniakova.

Kiki Bertens is hoping to secure her place in the WTA Finals Shenzhen field this week (PA Sports)
Svitolina will be making her third appearance at the WTA Finals this year after having qualified in 2017, when she went 1-2 in the round-robin stages and failed to get out of her group, and 2018, when her results were considerably more impressive: Despite coming in relatively unheralded after a stretch of low-impact results, she went unbeaten in the round robin and defeated Kiki Bertens in the semifinals and Sloane Stephens in the final to claim the biggest trophy of her career.

The 25-year-old Ukrainian has struggled with knee injuries in 2019 and has yet to win a title this year, but has nevertheless recorded some impressive results, most notably making the first two Grand Slam semifinals of her career back-to-back at Wimbledon and the US Open, reaching the semifinals of Doha, Dubai and Indian Wells and the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Most recently, Svitolina made back-to-back quarterfinals in Wuhan and Beijing and has compiled a 35-20 win-loss record.

Svitolina is competing this week at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, the final WTA Tour Premier event of the season, but no longer needs any points from that tournament to secure her Shenzhen spot. 

The same cannot be said of the two women who remain in contention for the final place at the season-ending championships, Kiki Bertens and Belinda Bencic. With Madrid champion Bertens holding a narrow 165-point lead over Dubai winner Bencic, Bencic needs to reach the final in Moscow; any other result will see Bertens qualify for the WTA Finals for the second straight year. The two are in the same half of the draw, meaning that the final Shenzhen spot could come down to a pivotal Moscow semifinal clash.

Latest WTA Road to Shenzhen standings: Monday 14 October

WTA Road to Shenzhen standings

StandingPlayerPoints2019 titlesPrevious WTA Finals appearancesBest WTA Finals result
1 - QUALIFIEDAshleigh Barty6,476French Open
Miami (Premier Mandatory)
Birmingham (Premier)
2 - QUALIFIEDKarolina Pliskova5,315
Rome (Premier-5)
Brisbane (Premier)
Eastbourne (Premier)
Zhengzhou (Premier)
3 (2016-18)SF (2017-18)
3 - QUALIFIEDNaomi Osaka5,246Australian Open
Beijing (Premier Mandatory)Osaka (Premier)
1 (2018)RR (2018)
4 - QUALIFIEDSimona Halep4,962Wimbledon4 (2014, 2015-17)Runner-up (2014)
5 - QUALIFIEDBianca Andreescu4,942
US Open
Indian Wells (Premier Mandatory)
Rogers Cup Toronto (Premier-5)
6 - QUALIFIEDPetra Kvitova4,401Sydney (Premier)
Stuttgart (Premier)
6 (2011-15, 2018)Champion (2011)
7 - QUALIFIEDElina Svitolina3,995-2 (2017-18)Champion (2018)
8 - QUALIFIEDBelinda Bencic3,955Dubai (Premier-5)0-

What's coming up this week, 14-20 October

The final week of the regular WTA Tour season sees two tournaments being played before the majority of the Tour begin their off-season break, with only the season-ending championships in Zhuhai and Shenzhen and the Fed Cup final to follow after this week's action is complete.

The final WTA Tour Premier event of the season takes place in Moscow with top-10 players Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens and Belinda Bencic leading the field. Svitolina is looking for her first WTA Tour title of 2019 while Bertens, who already won the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy title on indoor hard courts in February, hopes to secure her place at the WTA Finals Shenzhen - something Bencic can deny her by reaching the Moscow final. Dayana Yastremska, Donna Vekic and Anastasija Sevastova are also in the field.

In Luxembourg, the final International event of 2019 sees defending champion Julia Goerges and Doha winner Elise Mertens leading the field.

Here's where the top 20 are playing this week (Road to Shenzhen ranking in brackets):

1. (1/qualified) Ashleigh Barty
2. (2/qualified) Karolina Pliskova
3. (3/qualified) Naomi Osaka
4. (7/qualified) Elina Svitolina - Moscow
5. (5/qualified) Bianca Andreescu
6. (4/qualified) Simona Halep
7. (6/qualified) Petra Kvitova
8. (9) Kiki Bertens - Moscow
9. (8) Serena Williams
10. (10) Belinda Bencic - Moscow
11. (11) Johanna Konta
12. (23) Sloane Stephens
13. (17) Angelique Kerber
14. (13) Madison Keys
15. (12) Sofia Kenin
16. (14) Aryna Sabalenka
17. (15) Petra Martic
18. (16) Marketa Vondrousova
19. (18) Elise Mertens - Luxembourg
20. (19) Alison Riske

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Defending champion Svitolina makes it seven of eight players confirmed for WTA Finals Shenzhen - Latest Road to Shenzhen standings and WTA Finals player updates

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