At last, some movement on ranking points on the WTA Tour, after the rankings were frozen a little more than a year ago.
As the big haul from this year’s Miami Open is added, here are the tournaments that will see their points drop off for Monday’s new rankings list.
They’re all from back in 2019.
2019 Miami Open
2019 Guadalajara 125
It’s going to change a few things – and, notably, Bianca Andreescu will be able to add to her total, even if her fourth-round points from 2019 now drop off.
ON THE UPSWING
Bianca Andreescu (CAN): No. 9 ==========> No. 6 (With her effort in Miami, Andreescu moves up three spots in the top 10 (not easy to do), as she adds 530 net points).
Maria Sakkari (GRE): No. 25 ==========> No. 19 (Sakkari returns to the top 20, and to a new career career high, after her Miami effort).
Ons Jabeur (TUN): No. 30 ==========> No. 28 (A new career high for the 26-year-old from Tunisia).
Anastasija Sevastova (LAT): No. 57 ==========> No. 47 (A quarterfinal effort in Miami gets her back into the top 50).
Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP): No. 58 ==========> No. 48 (Sorribes Tormo had a successful swing in North America, and is at a career high as she tries for more in Bogotá this week).
Tereza Martincova (CZE): No. 105 ==========> No. 98 (The 26-year-old Czech, by qualifying and reaching the second round in Miami, finally breaks into the top 100).
Liudmila Samsonova (RUS): No. 126 ==========> No. 110 (The Italian turned Russian, 22, reaches a career high after qualifying and making the third round in Miami).
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL): No. 131 ==========> No. 113 (Pironkova has a week in Charleston to do a little more with that ranking, so as not have to qualify at the French Open – if there is a French Open this spring. But to do that, she’ll have to get past Coco Gauff in the first round in Charleston, in her first-ever competitive match on Har-Tru).
Storm Sanders (AUS): No. 203 ==========> No. 187 (Beset by injuries in her career, the 26-year-old Aussie reaches a new career high after a wild card in Miami turned into a second-round effort).
Francesca Jones (GBR): No. 213 ==========> No. 200 (The 20-year-old Brit breaks the top 200, a career high. And when the computer adds in another 18 points from her semifinal at an ITF $25K next week, she should rise another five spots).
Hayley Baptiste (USA): No. 236 ==========> No. 216 (The 19-year-old American qualified in Miami and reach a new career best).
Ana Konjuh (CRO): No. 338 ==========> No. 240 (A rise of 98 spots for the oft-injured Croat, who took a wild card into Miami all the way to the fourth round).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Serena Williams (USA): No. 7 ==========> No. 8
Karolina Pliskova (CZE): No. 6 ==========> No. 9 (Pliskova does the reverse of Andreescu. And while her travails this season have not had a huge effect on her ranking because of the freeze, losing her 2019 Miami finals points does finally make a dent).
Daria Kasatkina (RUS): No. 42 ==========> No. 37
Qiang Wang (CHN): No. 38 ==========> No. 50 (Dropping her quarterfinal points from Miami 2019, and losing in the second round last week, combined to keep Wang barely in the top 50).
Sloane Stephens (USA): No. 49 ==========> No. 57 (Out of the top 50 for the first time since her ranking went into the abyss after foot surgery in 2017, Stephens saw a third round in Miami and a quarterfinal in Charleston 2019 drop off. You have to figure something needs to happen for the American Grand Slam champion – soon. She has a semi in Madrid and a quarterfinal in Paris coming up, too.
Marie Bouzkova (CZE): No. 47 ==========> No. 56 (Bouzkova drops points from the final of the 125K in Guadalajara in 2019, which drops her out of the top 50).
Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE): No. 55 ==========> No. 62 (Hsieh decided not to make the trip to the U.S. And her singles ranking pays the price. Hsieh’s doubles partner, Barbora Strycova, has announced she’s expecting her first child so Hsieh will play with Elise Mertens. On the plus side, Hsieh reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in doubles this week. So she’s all good.
Venus Williams (USA): No. 79 ==========> No. 90 (An early exiter in Miami, Williams was originally entered in Charleston but took a pass).
Yafan Wang (CHN): No. 106 ==========> No. 123 (The Chinese player can operate with a protected ranking of No. 78. But she drops 118 points from 2019, when she made the fourth round in Miami. She can earn more this week in Bogotá.
Samantha Stosur (AUS): No. 114 ==========> No. 124 (There has been no sign of the new mom since Australia. So no opportunity to keep up or improve that ranking).
Tatjana Maria (GER): No. 123 ==========> No. 145 (No fun, but Maria probably didn’t even notice as blessed Cecilia arrived on Friday).
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL): No. 171 ==========> No. 193 (An imminent first-time mom who’s probably not paying too much attention to her ranking right now).