Andreescu leaps into top eight after Rogers Cup triumph - Latest Road to Shenzhen standings and WTA Finals player updates

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  • Latest updates and Porsche Road to Shenzhen standings
  • Bianca Andreescu rises to n. 8 after winning Rogers Cup
  • Top eight players to qualify for WTA Finals Shenzhen
Bianca Andreescu is now in qualifying position for the WTA Finals after winning the Rogers Cup in Toronto (PA Sports)

Bianca Andreescu up to no. 8 in the latest Road to Shenzhen after winning the Rogers Cup.


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The latest WTA Porsche Road to Shenzhen standings show Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu rising into qualifying position for the WTA Finals Shenzhen, while Serena Williams also took a big step upwards,

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.

The Premier-5 Rogers Cup, as expected, had a big effect on the Road to Shenzhen as the top players gathered in Toronto to compete for the title, and the biggest impact was made by 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu, who became the first Canadian to win the Rogers Cup in 50 years and leapt up into qualifying position as a result.

Andreescu was already no. 13 in the Road to Shenzhen after having made a stunning run to the BNP Paribas Open title at Indian Wells in March, an incredible achievement for a player ranked world no. 152. But she only played one match between retiring in the fourth round of the Miami Open and the Rogers Cup, due to a shoulder injury. Under these circumstances, her title run in Toronto was even more mind-blowing, as Andreescu battled to three-set victories over Eugenie Bouchard, Daria Kasatkina, Kiki Bertens and Karolina Pliskova, defeated Sofia Kenin in the semifinals in straight sets and benefited from Serena Williams's retirement in the final.

The Canadian would qualify for the WTA Finals Shenzhen were the tournament to be held tomorrow, an amazing achievement for such a young player. 

Serena Williams, a five-time WTA Finals champion, also rose in the Road to Shenzhen to ninth place after reaching the final in Toronto - her first non-major final since maternity leave. Other notable changes included Rogers Cup semifinalist Sofia Kenin's rise to no. 14.

With neither Andreescu nor Williams playing at this week's Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, another Premier-5 tournament, there could be big changes ahead once more, however.


Latest WTA Road to Shenzhen standings: Monday 12 August


WTA Road to Shenzhen standings

StandingPlayerPoints2019 titlesPrevious WTA Finals appearancesBest WTA Finals result
1Ashleigh Barty4,886French Open
Miami (Premier Mandatory)
Birmingham (Premier)
0-
2Simona Halep4,617Wimbledon4 (2014, 2015-17)Runner-up (2014)
3Karolina Pliskova4,356
Rome (Premier-5)
Brisbane (Premier)
Eastbourne (Premier)
3 (2016-18)SF (2017-18)
4Petra Kvitova3,756Sydney (Premier)
Stuttgart (Premier)
6 (2011-15, 2018)Champion (2011)
5Kiki Bertens3,505Madrid (Premier Mandatory)
St Petersburg (Premier)
1 (2018)SF (2018)
6Naomi Osaka3,346Australian Open1 (2018)RR (2018)
7Belinda Bencic2,850Dubai (Premier-5)0-
8Bianca Andreescu2,727Indian Wells (Premier Mandatory)
Rogers Cup Toronto (Premier-5)
0-
9Serena Williams2,635-9 (2001-2, 2004, 2007-9, 2012-14)Champion (2001, 2009, 2012-14)
10Elina Svitolina2,579-2 (2017-18)Champion (2018)






What's coming up this week, 5-11 August


Nine of the WTA's top 10 players, with only Petra Kvitova unable to appear due to injury, are in action this week at the Premier-5 Rogers Cup in Toronto.

Defending champion Simona Halep returns to action for the first time since Wimbledon, joined by world no. 1 Ash Barty and Serena Williams among others.

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

1. (1) Ashleigh Barty - Toronto
2. (6) Naomi Osaka - Toronto
3. (3) Karolina Pliskova - Toronto
4. (2) Simona Halep - Toronto
5. (5) Kiki Bertens - Toronto
6. (4) Petra Kvitova
7. (10) Elina Svitolina - Toronto
8. (19) Sloane Stephens - Toronto
9. (17) Aryna Sabalenka - Toronto
10. (12) Serena Williams - Toronto
11. (20) Anastasija Sevastova - Toronto
12. (7) Belinda Bencic - Toronto
13. (11) Angelique Kerber - Toronto
14. (8) Johanna Konta - Toronto
15. (9) Marketa Vondrousova
16. (44) Wang Qiang
17. (28) Madison Keys - Toronto
18. (52) Caroline Wozniacki - Toronto
19. (26) Anett Kontaveit - Toronto
20. (25) Elise Mertens - Toronto

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




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Andreescu leaps into top eight after Rogers Cup triumph - Latest Road to Shenzhen standings and WTA Finals player updates

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