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Porsche Race to Singapore Update, March 19: Osaka soars to No.6, Kasatkina crashes Top 8

Winning the first title of her career moved Naomi Osaka into pole position in the latest Porsche Race to Singapore.


The two breakout stars of the BNP Paribas Open see their reward on both the WTA rankings and the Porsche Race to Singapore this week, as both Naomi Osaka and Daria Kasatkina vault into the Top 8 in this week's Race.

Osaka, winner of her first WTA title at the Premier Mandatory event, soars 19 places to No.6 in the Race this week, while runner-up Kasatkina gets a bump of four places to No.7.

Though she has never competed in the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global in earnest, Osaka has starred in Singapore before.

Just a week after turning 18, Osaka won the WTA Rising Stars Invitational at the 2015 WTA Finals, defeating Caroline Garcia.

With movement through the Top 20 otherwise fairly limited, Petra Martic's run to the quarterfinals in Indian Wells sees her break into the Top 20 with a rise of 18 places

The Croatian No.1 scored a Top 10 victory over French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko en route to the last eight, where she led World No.1 Simona Halep by a break in the third set before succumbing in a tough match.

Though she is far away from the Top 8 as things currently stand, last year's runner-up at the WTA Finals - Venus Williams - makes the biggest move on any player on the front page of the standings.

Williams reached the semifinals in Indian Wells before falling to Kasatkina, and skyrockets a total of 438 places to No.31.

Here's how the Porsche Race to Singapore Leaderboard in singles stands as of March 19:

Get on the Porsche Race to Singapore to see who are amongst the top 8 in the Leaderboard update

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