One final week for the top-40 type players to improve their lot in terms of seeding at Roland Garros.
And it appears that both Coco Gauff and Paula Badosa have done so.
Gauff pulled off the single-double double in Parma Saturday – winning the singles and teaming up with countrywoman Caty McNally to take the doubles.
As she moves up to No. 25, given that Simona Halep has already withdrawn and might not be alone, that puts Gauff into the top 24.
That means she won’t have to face a top-eight player until at least the fourth round. Which is probably more of a relief to the top eight than to Gauff herself.
Meanwhile, Paula Badosa moves up to a career high and at No. 34, has an excellent chance to be seeded at a major for the first time after winning her first career WTA Tour title in Belgrade.
There is no change in the top 20.
ON THE UPSWING
Coco Gauff (USA): No. 30 =========> No. 25 (A career high after her impressive run to two titles in Parma. The uptick in her rankings fortunes as a result might be a difference-maker in a Roland Garros run. She also moves up to No. 11 in the Race to Shenzhen).
Paula Badosa (ESP): No. 44 =========> No. 34 (When you think of how her season began, what a nice rally to a career high and, most likely, a seed in Paris after her first career title in Belgrade).
Wang Qiang (CHN): No. 48 =========> No. 39 (Wang reached the Parma final and made a nice jump. But the 29-year-old, who is in her first season with new coach Pat Cash, remains a ways away from her career high of No. 12).
Sloane Stephens (USA): No. 65 =========> No. 58 (Ranking gets a bump after a semi-vintage run to the semis in Parma).
Maria Camila Osorio Serrano (COL): No. 115 =========> No. 98 (The 19-year-old moves into the top 100 with her run from the qualifying to the semis in Belgrade. She already won her first WTA Tour title earlier this year, at home in Bogotá. It comes too late to get straight in Paris, though. Osorio Serrano is the No. 11 seed and will play tough young lefty Olga Danilovic in the first round).
Viktoriya Tomova (BUL): No. 123 =========> No. 108 (Into the Belgrade draw as a lucky loser after the withdrawal of top seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (she lost to eventual finalist Ana Konjuh in the qualies), the 26-year-old from Bulgaria rides that opportunity to a semis run.
Ana Konjuh (CRO): No. 188 =========> No. 144 (A long run from the qualifying to the finals in Belgrade ended in an injury retirement. But the Croat lopped another chunk off her ranking with the effort. She gets American veteran Robin Anderson in the first round of qualifying and looks to have a path to the main draw).
Reka-Luka Jani (HUN): No. 220 =========> No. 184 (The 29-year-old from Hungary had a great week in Belgrade this week as a qualifier. She got to the quarters).
Martina Di Giuseppe (ITA): No. 217 =========> No. 193 (Another qualifier, this one a 30-year-old, qualifes and gets to the second round in Parma).
Rebecca Marino (CAN): No. 264 =========> No. 252 (Marino has tough American Claire Liu in the first round of the French Open qualifying).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Dayana Yastremska (UKR): No. 33 =========> No. 37 (Not only is the 21-year-old still suspended because of a positive dope test, all sorts of salacious details are leaking out about the defence she attempted to use in one of her appeals).
Yulia Putintseva (KAZ): No. 35=========> No. 43 (Putintseva might have put herself out of the seeds, as she drops eights spots with the loss of her winner’s points from Nürnberg two years ago).
Caroline Garcia (FRA): No. 53 =========> No. 57
Tamara Zidansek (SLO): No. 77 =========> No. 85
Samantha Stosur (AUS): No. 126 =========> No. 133 (The 36-year-old Aussie, a former RG semifinalist, has hardly played. But she was able to get straight into the Paris draw on a protected ranking).
Monica Puig (PUR): No. 157 =========> No. 168 (The 2016 Rio gold medalist has a protected ranking of No. 103 – we’ll see if she makes it to Paris. She’s been rehabbing an injury and has pulled out of every tournament she’s entered).
Mona Barthel (GER): No. 184 =========> No. 197
Chloe Paquet (FRA): No. 187 =========> No. 248 (Tough to not defend points, as 26-year-old Paquet finds out the hard way when she looks at her new ranking this week. She made the semis in Strasbourg two years ago).