Barty first to qualify as US Open champion Andreescu rises to fourth - Latest Road to Shenzhen standings and WTA Finals player updates

Hannah Wilks in WTA 9 Sep 2019
  • Latest updates and Porsche Road to Shenzhen standings
  • Bianca Andreescu up to fourth place after US Open triumph
  • French Open champion Ashleigh Barty first to qualify
Bianca Andreescu with the trophy after winning the 2019 US Open (PA Sports)

Ashleigh Barty has become the first player to qualify for the 2019 WTA Finals Shenzhen.


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The latest WTA Porsche Road to Shenzhen standings see Ashleigh Barty confirmed as the first singles player to qualify for the WTA Finals Shenzhen, while Bianca Andreescu's stunning US Open triumph propels her into fourth place.

The top eight players in the Porsche Road to Shenzhen standings will qualify for the 2019 WTA Finals, the year-end championships of the WTA Tour and the fifth biggest title in women's tennis, to be played in Shenzhen from 27 October-3 November 2019. So far Ashleigh Barty is the only singles player to have qualified.

Ashleigh Barty has become the first player to qualify for the WTA Finals Shenzhen in 2019 (PA Sports)
As expected, a thrilling US Open has seen much changing on the Porsche Road to Shenzhen. 

Ashleigh Barty, the only player to have made the fourth round or better at all four of the year's Grand Slams, has officially become the first player to qualify for the WTA Finals Shenzhen despite a fourth-round exit from the US Open at the hands of Wang Qiang. The French Open champion will be making her singles debut at the season-ending championships in 2019.

While Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova held position as no. 2 and 3 respectively, Bianca Andreescu's stunning US Open run sees her leap into fourth place and trailing Halep by less than 100 points. The 19-year-old Canadian became the first Grand Slam champion from her native country in the Open Era as well as the youngest major champion since Maria Sharapova in 2004, and moreover became the first woman in history to win the US Open on her first appearance.

Andreescu's meteoric rise had already seen her collect the Indian Wells and Rogers Cup titles before she defeated Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 in the US Open final and she now looks like a very strong contender to make her WTA Finals debut in 2019 - an incredible achievement for a player who started the year outside the top 150.

Williams's run to the US Open final also saw her leap upwards into fifth place, while Kiki Bertens and defending champion Elina Svitolina were forced out of the top eight despite the latter's run to the US Open semifinals.


Latest WTA Road to Shenzhen standings: Monday 9 September


WTA Road to Shenzhen standings

StandingPlayerPoints2019 titlesPrevious WTA Finals appearancesBest WTA Finals result
1 - QUALIFIEDAshleigh Barty5,476French Open
Miami (Premier Mandatory)
Birmingham (Premier)
0-
2Simona Halep4,792Wimbledon4 (2014, 2015-17)Runner-up (2014)
3Karolina Pliskova4,786
Rome (Premier-5)
Brisbane (Premier)
Eastbourne (Premier)
3 (2016-18)SF (2017-18)
4 (+4)Bianca Andreescu4,727
US Open
Indian Wells (Premier Mandatory)
Rogers Cup Toronto (Premier-5)
0-
5 (+5)Serena Williams3,935-9 (2001-2, 2004, 2007-9, 2012-14)Champion (2001, 2009, 2012-14)
6 (-2)Petra Kvitova3,836Sydney (Premier)
Stuttgart (Premier)
6 (2011-15, 2018)Champion (2011)
7 (-2)Naomi Osaka3,776Australian Open1 (2018)RR (2018)
8 (-1)Belinda Bencic3,615Dubai (Premier-5)0-
9 (-3)Kiki Bertens3,580Madrid (Premier Mandatory)
St Petersburg (Premier)
1 (2018)SF (2018)
10 (-1)Elina Svitolina3,464-2 (2017-18)Champion (2018)




What's coming up this week, 9-15 September

The WTA Tour enters its final phase of the season this week as the autumn Asian swing kicks off - with a louder bang than usual, thanks to the upgrading of the former WTA 125k Zhengzhou event to a new Premier-level tournament called the ICBC Credit Card Zhengzhou Open, joining International-level events in Hiroshima and Nanchang.

Six of the WTA's top 20 are in action in Zhengzhou, led by Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina, while Angelique Kerber took a wildcard when Simona Halep was forced to pull out due to an ankle injury.

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

1. (1) Ashleigh Barty
2. (3) Karolina Pliskova - Zhengzhou
3. (10) Elina Svitolina - Zhengzhou
4. (7) Naomi Osaka 
5. (4) Bianca Andreescu
6. (2) Simona Halep
7. (6) Petra Kvitova
8. (9) Kiki Bertens - Zhengzhou
9. (5) Serena Williams
10. (8) Belinda Bencic
11. (11) Johanna Konta
12. (29( Wang Qiang
13. (22) Aryna Sabalenka - Zhengzhou
14. (23) Sloane Stephens
15. (16) Angelique Kerber - Zhengzhou
16. (12) Madison Keys
17. (46) Caroline Wozniacki
18. (24) Anastasija Sevastova
19. (21) Anett Kontaveit
20. (14) Sofia Kenin - Zhengzhou

Click here for more information about each tournament and for the latest news, schedules, tips & more:





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