Porsche Race to Shenzhen Update: Bertens breaks into Top 5

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www.wtatennis.com|14-May-2019 17:00

Kiki Bertens' win at the Mutua Madrid Open earned her a trifecta of successes.

After lifting her first Premier Mandatory title at the Mutua Madrid Open and becoming the highest-ranked Dutchwoman in WTA history, Bertens also moves up five places on the Porsche Race to Shenzhen this week.

She also became the first player to ever win the title in Madrid without the loss of a set, as her triumph strengthens her case to qualifying for the WTA Finals in singles for the second straight year.

The biggest gain of the week, however, goes to the woman Bertens beat in the final four in Madrid.

Sloane Stephens soars 21 spots to reach No.18, while Madrid finalist Simona Halep enters the Top 8 after her runner-up finish at No.7.

In doubles, Barbora Strycova and Hsieh Su-wei make the biggest gains this week after winning their second title of the season and second Premier Mandatory title overall in Madrid. 

They enter the Top 5 in the Race at No.4, putting them in pole position to chase a spot in Shenzhen - a fact which Strycova admitted to after they hoisted the trophy in Madrid.

"It is there, but far back because it's so far away. I would love to play there, but we have so many tournaments in front of us and we have so many different surfaces in front of us," the Czech said.

"This is our first tournament playing with each other on clay. So now comes also grass, so we will see how it goes, but so far it's working well and we will just keep working hard and playing some good tennis. We will try and we will see."

Click here to see how the Porsche Race to Shenzhen in singles stands as of May 14: