Following the first WTA Premier 5 event of the season at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, Petra Kvitova rises to the top of the Porsche Race to Shenzhen Leaderboard with a runner-up finish. Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic jumps 16 spots to enter the Top 8 at No.4 after claiming her first tour-level title since 2015 at Dubai, where she defeated four consecutive Top 10 players along the way. Qatar Total Open (Doha) champion Elise Mertens sits at No.10 on the Leaderboard, while Simona Halep rounds out the Top 8 after reaching the final in Doha and a quarterfinal showing in Dubai. Doha and Dubai represent lap numbers nine and 10 out of 57 total (a reference to qualifying tournaments leading into the WTA Finals). The Top 8 singles players and doubles teams of 2019 will secure their spot at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen, China, taking place from October 27 – November 3, 2019. The singles player who finishes the regular season in pole position on the Porsche Race to Shenzhen Leaderboard will be congratulated with a new Porsche.