Serena Williams came away with more than just a record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam title and a return to the No.1 rankings. The American is also in pole position to return to the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global for the first time since winning it in 2014.
Serena missed back-to-back WTA Finals due to injury, but looked healthy and fit through the fortnight in Melbourne, racing to her seventh Australian Open crown without the loss of a set.
Not far behind is sister Venus Williams, who served notice in Australia by reaching her first Grand Slam final since 2009, falling to Serena in two tight sets. Venus won the WTA Finals in 2008, but hasn’t qualified in seven years, when she reached the final in another all-Williams affair.
Johanna Konta narrowly missed out on Greatest Eight qualification in 2016, but her strong start to the season brings her up to No.3 on the Road to Singapore leaderboard after winning her second career title at the Apia International Sydney and reaching the last eight in Melbourne.
Meanwhile, the doubles Road to Singapore leaderboard is also starting to take shape, with Australian Open champions Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova leading the pack, while finalists Andrea Hlavackova and Peng Shuai settle for second place.