Veronika Kudermetova pulls ahead of Maria Sakkari this week, but there is much high-stakes tennis to be played. By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Monday, October 10, 2022

The Race to the WTA Finals is heating up nicely, with just two weeks of pivotal tennis to be played before the Fort Worth field is determined.

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This week’s 500 in San Diego is already underway (as well as the 250 in Transylvania), with seven of the Top-10 in action, and next week’s 1000 event, the Guadalajara Open in Akron, should be even bigger, with 17 of the Top 20 entered in the field.

This week’s Race sees Daria Kasatkina move up to No.6, while Veronika Kudermetova moves into the last qualification spot by leapfrogging Maria Sakkari – but the Russian only holds a slim 69 point advantage.

Here are the current Race to Fort Worth standings, as of Monday October 10:

Swiatek, 9865 (qualified)
Jabeur, 4555 (qualified)
Pegula, 3232
Gauff, 2983
Garcia, 2896
Kasatkina, 2885
Sabalenka 2871
Halep, 2661 (not playing)
Kudermetova, 2606
Sakkari, 2537
Bencic, 2360
Badosa, 2264
Keys, 2214
Kontaveit, 2093
Haddad Maia, 2050
Kvitova, 2038
Collins, 1997
Alexandrova, 1910
Ostapenko, 1882
Krejcikova, 1849

With so many points on the line over the next two weeks, it is impossible to count out any of the Top-20 in the race. A title in Guadalajara or even San Diego for that matter, could change the race dramatically.