The beginning of the 2015 WTA season has provided lots of changes to the Singles Road to Singapore Leaderboard and that is no different for the doubles race.
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Scanning The Top
Australian Open champions Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova in the driver’s seat after their stellar run in Melbourne, where they defeated five seeds in their six matches. Due to their differing singles schedules, they haven’t played since, but will be joining forces for the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and the Miami Open. Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic jumped up to No. 2 thanks to their title at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Australian Open runners-up Zheng Jie and Chan Yung-Jan currently hold the No.3 spot.
In a surprise announcement, the duos of Martina Hingis and Flavia Pennetta and Hsieh Su-Wei and Sania Mirza shared that they both were splitting and changing partners. Hingis will now partner with Mirza and Pennetta with Hsieh. Both pairings will make their debut at Indian Wells, which can alter the RTS standings as the winner will walk away with 1,000 valuable Road to Singapore Leaderboard points.
Could Consistency Be The Key To Singapore?
Playing together for the fifth straight season, Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears are hitting their stride in 2015, winning in Doha. As a result, they currently hold the No.4 spot on the RTS Leaderboard and also made their Top 10 debut in the WTA Doubles Rankings on Monday, March 2. Longtime partnerships to look out for include Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova (RTS No. 9), Carla Suárez Navarro and Garbiñe Muguruza (RTS No. 11), Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci (RTS No. 15) and the reunion of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka (RTS No. 14). All of these teams have been to the WTA Finals before and can hoist the Martina Navratilova WTA Finals Doubles Trophy.
Rising Stars In the Mix
WTA Rising Star Caroline Garcia concluded 2014 by reaching three consecutive doubles finals with three different partners on three different surfaces (Wuhan w/Cara Black, Linz w/Annika Beck and Moscow w/Arantxa Parra Santonja). At the start of 2015, veteran Katarina Srebotnik sought Garcia to be her doubles partner for the upcoming season. Garcia and Srebotnik are already off to a great start this year, coming in at No.6 on this week’s RTS Leaderboard.
With teams like Makarova/Vesnina, Suárez Navarro/Muguruza and Errani/Vinci currently on the outside looking in, and newly formed teams such as Anastasia an Arina Rodionova, Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Pavlychenkova continuing to develop chemistry, the Road to Singapore promises to be an amazing race to Singapore.
With two Premier Mandatory in March – Indian Wells and Miami – teams will have the opportunity to improve their ranking and RTS Leaderboard position. Keep an eye on WTAFinals.com for updates and recaps of every week leading up to Singapore.