A wild-card run to the final in Guadalajara helped boost Canadian Genie Bouchard’s ranking nearer to the top 100.
Had she been able to pull off a win over first-time WTA Tour titleholder Sara Sorribes Tormo Saturday, she would have been so close to the top 100 that she wouldn’t have had to be too concerned about having to play the qualifying at Roland Garros and Wimbledon.
Still, she gets a special exempt into the Monterrey tournament this week on the back of that result.
Bouchard faces Lin Zhu of China in the first round, and will look to capitalize on her momentum to get back inside the top 100 for the first time since July 2019.
Unlike the men, the women’s frozen ranking points show no sign of dropping. So it’s status quo – still difficult to make big moves at the top of the game.
ON THE UPSWING
Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP):
No. 16 ==========> No. 13
(Playing like a woman on a mission in 2021, the Spaniard wins Dubai and moves up three spots. Amazingly, her first title in four years).
Jessica Pegula (USA):
No. 36 ==========> No. 33
(One of the in-form players of 2021, the 27-year-old reaches another career high after a quarterfinal effort in Dubai).
Coco Gauff (USA):
No. 40 ==========> No. 35
(She turned 17 on Saturday. And two day slater she is at a career high and 100 points out of a seeded spot at the upcoming majors, after her quarterfinal effort in Dubai. One thing’s for sure, the top 32 would be happy not to worry about facing her in the first round).
Barbora Krejcikova (CZE):
No. 63 ==========> No. 38
(The 25-year-old Czech, long respected for her doubles success, makes a big move in singles to a career high by reaching the Dubai singles final).
Jil Teichmann (SUI):
No. 54 ==========> No. 41
(Another under-the-radar player, the Swiss lefty leaps to a career high after making the Dubai semifinals).
Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP):
No. 71==========> No. 57
(The 24-year-old outmaneuvered Bouchard to win her first career WTA Tour title in Guadalajara. And gets to a career high as well).
Anastasia Potapova (RUS):
No. 88 ==========> No. 74
(The 19-year-old, who didn’t play the rest of the season after last year’ s Monterrey tournament and had ankle surgery, makes the quarters in Dubai as a wild card).
Tereza Martincova (CZE):
No. 125 ==========> No. 107
(The 26 year-old qualified and made the third round in Dubai, and reached a career high that’s awfully close to the financial security direct entry into Grand Slams can provide.)
Genie Bouchard (CAN):
No. 144 ==========> No. 116
(Bouchard was about 200 spots below this a year ago. And even if she has not played many events, she has managed to mazimize at a few – including last fall’s French Open, and a clay-court event in Istanbul. Last week, on a wild card, she got to the Guadalajara final. She is into this week’s tournament in Monterrey as a special exempt).
Nuria Parrizas Diaz (ESP):
No. 188 ==========> No. 177
(This 29-year-old from Spain has literally come out of nowhere this year. She won an ITF in Manacor the first week of March to reach another career high. There is no photo – not even an age, or whether she’a righty or lefty on her WTA page –she’s a righty. She made the Australian Open qualifying, losing in the first round. Since then, she’s 14-2 on the season after winning the last three ITF $25,000 events she’s played: two in South Africa and one last week at the Rafa Nadal Academy. And these are not your “typical” $25Ks; because of the pandemic and the last of playing opportunities, the level is awfully good. Parrizas Diaz won back-to-back matches only once between Sept. 2019 and the start of her run in South Africa).
Anna Konjuh (CRO):
No. 401 ==========> No. 350
(It seems the comeback is real for the 23-year-old, a former No. 20 but with multiple surgeries behind her. She qualified in Dubai – but lost in the last found of qualifying at St. Petersburg this week, which still will move her up another dozen spots next week).