Not much more to say about Roland Garros queen Barbora Krejcikova, who not only won the ladies’ singles as an unseeded player, but added on the women’s doubles title on Sunday with Katarina Siniakova.
She’s at No. 15 in in singles – and back to No. 1 in doubles – and leaps into second spot in the Road to Shenzhen rankings with the proverbial bullet.
Some of the Roland Garros rankings will not drop off today, as the tournament was played in the fall last year and players can keep that result on their resumé until that week rolls around again in October – if it was better than what they produced during the fortnight.
2019 champion Ashleigh Barty, who didn’t play in 2020, drops 1900 points because she had to retire in her second-round match this year.
She now is just over 800 points ahead of Naomi Osaka, who withdrew before her second-round match. But Osaka only drops 60 points.
It means the top three are closer to the rest than ever, and should make for an interesting Wimbledon.
ON THE UPSWING
Barbora Krejcikova (CZE): No. 33 =========> No. 15 (Already at a career high after winning her first WTA Tour event in Strasbourg, the week before Paris, Krejcikova leaps into the top 15 with her unlikely and impressive title at Roland Garros.
Anastasia Pavlyychenkova (RUS): No. 32 =========> No. 19 (The 29-year-old didn’t get the title she had long worked for. But she still jumps back into the top 20 with her great run to the Roland Garros final).
Cori Gauff (USA): No. 25 =========> No. 23 (Another career high for the 17-year-old, who reached the quarterfinals in Paris).
Jessica Pegula (USA): No. 29 =========> No. 26 (The American didn’t make a lot of noise in Paris. But she reached the third round – making her seed. And she’s at a new career high).
Shuai Zhang (CHN): No. 46 =========> No. 36 (The 32-year-old lost in the first round in Paris, but made the Nottingham final during the second week).
Magda Linette (POL): No. 45 =========> No. 39 (Returning fron injury, Linette reached the third round in Paris. She also reached the doubles semifinal with Bernarda Pera; that ranking rises from No. 173 to a career high No. 87).
Sorana Cirstea (ROU): No. 54 =========> No. 45 (Cirstea made the fourth round in Paris and moves up nine spots).
Tamara Zidansek (SLO): No. 85 =========> No. 47 (Who’d have thought, when she outlasted Bianca Andreescu 9-7 in the third set in the first round, that the 23-year-old from Slovenia would go all the way to the semifinals? She jumped into a career-high ranking, and into the top 50 for the first time. It’s a game-changer in terms of getting into the bigger WTA Tour events).
Marta Kostyuk (UKR): No. 81 =========> No. 65 (The 18-year-old – yes, she’s still 18 – reaches a career high after making the second week at Roland Garros).
Leylah Fernandez (CAN): No. 69 =========> No. 66 (The 18-year-old Canadian was NOT happy with her second-round loss to Madison Keys in Paris. But she still moves up three spots to another career high).
Maria Camila Osorio Serrano (COL): No. 98 =========> No. 92 (She lost in the first round in Paris after qualifying, and reaches a new career high).
Harmony Tan (FRA): No. 149 =========> No. 131 (The wild card upset countrywoman Alizé Cornet in the first round. And while she lost to Marketa Vondrousova in the second round, she rises to a new career high).
Ana Konjuh (CRO): No. 144=========> No. 132 (Slowly but surely, the comeback kid keeps rising. She qualified at Roland, even though she lost in the first round of the main draw).
Nuria Parrizas Dias (ESP): No. 165 =========> No. 148 (The late-blooming 29-year-old lost in the final round of the Roland Garruos qualies, but did beat Sara Errrani in the second round. And her points from winning the Grado $25K the next week also are added, to put her at a new career high. The WTA site still doesn’t have any details about her, though).
Storm Sanders (AUS): No. 161 =========> No. 149 (Inside the top 150 for the first time for the 26-year-old Aussie, who qualified in Paris).
Hailey Baptiste (USA): No. 203 =========> No. 167 (Into the top 170 for the 19-year-old American, who qualified and reached the second round in Paris. She also qualified for Berlin on grass this week).
Coco Vandeweghe (USA): No. 224 =========> No. 204 (Slowly making her way back, Vandeweghe won a round in qualifying in Paris, and qualified for Birmingham on grass this week).
Elena Vesnina (RUS): No. 1096 =========> No. 358 (She’s playing on protected rankings, but making the third round in Paris after getting a walkover from Petra Kvitova in the second round helped her leapfrog her true ranking from outside the top 1000. She also made the mixed doubles final with countryman Aslan Karatsev).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Kiki Bertens (NED): No. 17 =========> No. 20
Johanna Konta (GBR): No. 20 =========> No. 29 (Konta drops after losing in the first round of Roland (she went all the way to the semifinals in 2019, and those points finally fall off this week). But she mitigates that by winning the Nottingham WTA event last week).
Marketa Vondrousova (CZE): No. 21 =========> No. 41 (The 21-year-old made the fourth round at Roland Garros. But her points from her finals effort from 2019 fall off, so her ranking takes a dive).
Donna Vekic (CRO): No. 36 =========> No. 53 (Just back from knee surgery, Vekic played Paris without many expectations. She lost in the first round there, and in the second round in Nottingham (although she did make the doubles semi with Konta) Vekic made the fourth round of Roland Garros in 2019, and went all the way to the final in Nottingham).
Caroline Garcia (FRA): No. 58 =========> No. 74 (The Frenchwoman has split from father/coach Louis-Paul. But it’s going to take some time to adjust. In the meantime, she lost in the second round of Roland and drops out of the top 70).
Amanda Anisimova (USA): No. 41 =========> No. 75 (It’s been a tough couple of years for the 19-year-old American since she was a semifinalist at Roland Garros in 2019. Those points fall off, as does her ranking).
Kaia Kanepi (EST): No. 66 =========> No. 79 (The 2019 RG fourth-rounder loses in the first round this year).
Andrea Petkovic (GER): No. 112 =========> No. 130 (Petkovic made the third round at Roland Garros in 2019, and those points drop off. She’s still coming back from missing a full year from Oct. 2019 through to the 2020 edition of Roland (including the shutdown).
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP): No. 118 =========> No. 139 (At least she was able to get back and say goodbye to Roland Garros, after coming out the winner against cancer. Her match against Sloane Stephens was a winnable won, but she ran out of gas and, sadly, played before late-night empty stands. But she made it).
Samantha Stosur (AUS): No. 133 =========> No. 147 (The former Roland Garros finalist skipped the clay. But she’s back for the grass).
Monica Puig (PUR): No. 168=========> No. 213 (More shoulder surgery for Puig, who will miss the Olympics as the defending gold medallist from Rio. She’s going to continue to try to return, but it doesn’t look good. Successful comebacks from shoulder surgery are the exception, not the rule).
Road to Shenzhen
Krejcikova, Sakkary and Pavlyuchenkova rise up to the top eight after their efforts in Paris.