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WTA Rankings Report – Feb. 22, 2021

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The moves after a Grand Slam are typically quite significant.

Of course, given the fact that the rankings remain frozen until (at least) Miami, there aren’t the same jumps and visible rewards that there are during normal times. Still, some notables in the bunch, especially among those who didn’t do that well at the 2020 Australian Open.

That includes champion Naomi Osaka. There are also the points from the WTA tournament that took place the second week of the event, on site.

ON THE UPSWING

Naomi Osaka (JPN): No. 2 ========> No. 1

Serena Williams (USA): No. 11 ========> No. 7 (Back in the top 10, bumping Aryna Sabalenka).

Jennifer Brady (USA): No. 24 ========> No. 11 (Needless to say, a career high for the singles finalist).

Karolina Muchova (CZE): No. 27 ========> No. 22 (A career high for the semifinalist, who lost a tough one to Brady).

Jessica Pegula (USA): No. 61========> No. 43 (A great tournament for the 26-year-old American).

Marie Bouzkova (CZE): No. 50 ========> No. 48

Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE): No. 71 ========> No. 50 (Back in the top 50 for the 35-year-old, whose every deep run is always a joy).

Daria Kasatkina (RUS): No. 75========> No. 57 (The former top 10 makes a nice profit off a title in the Phillip Island Trophy). 

Kaia Kanepi (EST): No. 65 ========> No. 62 (Kanepi jumped form No. 94 to 65 with her effort in the tuneup event, and a few more spots in the main event).

Venus Williams (USA): No. 81 ========> No. 76 (We’ll see how long the injuries sustained at the Australian Open keep her out).

Anastasia Potapova (RUS): No. 103 ========> No. 88 (Worth hanging out in Melbourne for the second week for Potapova).

Kaja Juvan (SLO): No. 104 ========> No. 91 (The 20-year-old qualified and reached the third round of the Australian Open, and jumped to a career high).

Sara Errani (ITA): No. 134 ========> No. 106 (After grinding it out to get back within range of not having to qualify for a major (and she did both in Paris and Melbourne), she’s almost there).

Mayar Sherif (EGY): No. 131 ========> No. 114 (A career high for the Egyptian, who qualified in Melbourne).

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK): No. 129 ========> No. 115

Liudmila Samsonova (RUS): No. 130 ========> No. 117

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Olga Danilovic (SRB): No. 183 ========> No. 157 (A rise for the former top-100 player, who’s still only 20.

Mona Barthel (GER): No. 212 ========> No. 185 (Working her way back from injury, with the help of a protected ranking just outside the top 100).

Francesca Jones (GBR): No. 245 ========> No. 206 (The 20-year-old got a lot of attention during the Australian Open, and raises her ranking to a career high).

Nuria Parrizas Diaz (ESP): No. 229 ========> No. 207 (The 29-year-old beat Canadian Carol Zhao in the Potchefstroom $25 final on Sunday. She has won at least one title every year but 2018 (five in 2017), nearly all at the lower levels of the ITF Circuit).

Rebecca Marino (CAN): No. 317========> No. 214 (The Canadian had an encouraging Down Under, starting with qualifying in Doha. Her “real” ranking is now much closer to her protected number of No. 170, which hopefully will help her be able to play more events).

ON THE DOWNSWING

Simona Halep (ROU): No. 2========> No. 3

Petra Kvitova (CZE): No. 8 ========> No. 10 (Kvitova was a finalist a year ago. But she remains in the top 10).

Coco Gauff (USA): No. 48========> No. 52 (Just out of the top 50, but can make it up this week in Adelaide)

Katerina Siniakova (CZE): No. 62 ========> No. 68

Ann Li (USA): No. 69 ========> No. 71 (The 20-year-old American rose 30 spots, from 99 to a career-high No. 69, after the tuneup event. And then she lost a little ground after the end of the Australian Open).

Doubles notables

She might be disappointed with her loss to Serena Williams, but winning the doubles with Elise Mertens propels Aryna Sabalenka to No. 1 in the world.

Aryna Sabalenka (BLR): No. 6 =====> No. 1

Elise Mertens (BEL): No. 6 =====> No. 2

Sharon Fichman (CAN): No. 57 =====> No. 50 (A super quarterfinal run in the main event with Giuliana Olmos)

Leylah Fernandez (CAN): No. 230 =====> No. 150

The Race to Shenzhen

It’s early doors, so it’s not a meaningful race – yet.