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Porsche Race to Singapore Update, April 9: Muguruza marches into Top 8

Abierto GNP Seguros champion Garbiñe Muguruza cracks the Top 8 in the Porsche Race to Singapore Leaderboard after her first title of 2018, while Volvo Car Open champion Kiki Bertens made a serious jump.

After winning her first title of the year at the Abierto GNP Seguros in Monterrey, Garbiñe Muguruza moved up into pole position in this week's Porsche Race to Singapore.

The Spaniard rises four spots in the Race this week to No.7, as the World No.3 climbs back inside the elite Top 8.

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Muguruza has been steadily climbing in the Race in the spring hardcourt season, after having not won back-to-back matches in three tournaments in January.

In Moneterrey, the top seed rallied from a set and a break deficit to defeat Hungary's Timea Babos and claim her first title since Cincinnati a year ago.

Elsewhere in the Race, Volvo Car Open champion Kiki Bertens made the biggest jump of anyone this week, as she moved up 52 spots to No.16.

After winning two matches in one day on Sunday, Bertens became the first Dutch singles champion in the tournament's history.

Read more: Champions Corner: Bertens' clay love comes through in Charleston

American Madison Keys, Bertens' semifinal foe in Charleston, and Timea Babos, runner-up to Muguruza in Monterrey, also made notable moves inside the Top 20.

Keys moved up 10 spots in this week's Race to No.19, while Babos jumped up 11 spots to No.20.

Elsewhere in the standings, Romanian Ana Bogdan and American Bernarda Pera were rewarded for breakout weeks in Monterrey and Charleston, respectively.

Bogdan, who reached the semifinals before losing to Muguruza, moves up 19 spots to No.47, while Pera, who reached the quarterfinals at the Premier-level event in Charleston, rises 18 places to No.52.

Here's how the Porsche Race to Singapore Leaderboard in singles stands as of April 9:

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

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