Sara Errani, a qualifier at the WTA Finals in 2012 and 2013, moved closer to the Top 8 of the Road to Singapore Singles Leaderboard with a runner-up finish at the BRD Bucharest Open. Errani fell to WTA Rising Star Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in a rematch of the Rio Open final in February. Errani had the highest change of the Singles Leaderboard, moving up to No.14, with Schmiedlova jumping into the Top 30 at No.29. Bastad, Sweden hosted the other WTA tournament this past week with local Johanna Larsson capturing the Collector Swedish Open with a win over defending champion Mona Barthel. Larsson moved over 40 places to No.48, while Barthel stands in the No.82 position.
There were no changes from last week's Top 8 with 2015 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global qualifier Serena Williams leading the pack.Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep trail the 5-time WTA Finals champion with Carla Suárez Navarro and Garbiñe Muguruza rounding out the Top 5. Finishing out the Top 8 are Czechs Lucie Safarova, Karolina Pliskova and Petra Kvitova. Timea Bacsinszky and Angelique Kerber currently hold the alternate positions and hope to use the American hardcourt swing as a way to punch their ticket to Singapore.
Errani headlines the field at the NÜRNBERGER Gastein Ladies in Bad Gastein, Austria, while Samantha Stosur and Schmiedlov look to claim the final clay court crown of the season. Meanwhile, Istanbul, Turkey is hosting the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup with Venus Williams highlighting the player field. Jelena Jankovic and WTA Rising Stars Elina Svitolina and Daria Gavrilova are also participating in the International-level event.
The updated Road to Singapore Leaderboard for singles and doubles is released on Mondays on wtafinals.com throughout the 2015 season.