The week before a major typically involves tournaments at which there are late withdrawals and later retirements.
Still, the Eastbourne tournament is a 500. And the new event in Bad Homburg, Germany drew a strong field.
So there were points on offer, and moves to be made.
Points gained during Wimbledon qualifying will only be added at the end of the main event, in two weeks.
The only change in the top 10 is that Petra Kvitova returns to the top 10 – up two spots after her semifinal effort in Bad Homburg.
ON THE UPSWING
Petra Kvitova (CZE): No. 12 ========> No. 10 (Most would consider Kvitova a top-10 player. So it’s great that she is official back in, up two spots after her semifinal in Germany. She’s the No. 10 seed this week at Wimbledon).
Anett Kontaveit (EST): No. 27 ========> No. 25 (A final in Eastbourne, but apparently it marked the end of her coaching arrangement with countryman Ain Suurthal, which began only April when she split from longtime coach Nigel Sears. Easy come, easy go).
Jelena Ostapenko (LAT): No. 43 ========> No. 34 (Had it happened a week earlier, Ostapenko would have been seeded at Wimbledon. As it is, given she just won Eastbourne in an impressive display, she’d have to be considered a pretty dangerous floater in the draw. Canadian Leylah Fernandez gets her first up).
Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP): No. 54 ========> No. 50
Anastasija Sevastova (LAT): No. 61 ========> No. 56
Camila Giorgi (ITA): No. 75 ========> No. 62 (The former No. 26 is on the way back up again, after making the semifinals in Eastbourne. Hopefully her retirement against Konteveit in the semifinals because of a leg injury was just precautionary before Wimbledon).
Katerina Siniakova (CZE): No. 76 ========> No. 64 (Hopefully the former No. 31 – she hit that mark in Oct. 2018 on the same day she became No. 1 in doubles first time) can take some inspiration from her longtime doubles partner’s conquest of Roland Garros and make a move of her own in singles. She’s on the right path after making the Bad Homburg final)
Viktorija Golubic (SUI): No. 72 ========> No. 66 (The Swiss player with the onehanded backhand qualified and reached the quarters at Eastbourne. She defeated Stosur and Bencic, and took Kontaveit to 7-5 in the third set before bowing out).
Alycia Parks (USA): No. 276 ========> No. 254 (The 22-year-old American is slowly making her way up the charts on the American ITF circuit. Two years ago, she was at No. 615 in the worlld. Now she can aspire to squeezing into the US Open qualifying for the first time in her career. She played her first-ever WTA Tour events at the two tournaments in Charleston in April, losing in the quaifying).
Peyton Stearns (USA): No. 485 ========> No. 347 (A big jump for the 19-year-old American. She won a $25K ITF in Sumter, SC two weeks ago as a wild card, leading to the rise in her fortunes. The 19-year-old former top-50 junior was a freshman at the University of Texas this year).
Louisa Chirico (USA): No. 442 ========> No. 401 (The former No. 58 (Oct. 2016), now 25, made a brief appearance at the Roland Garros qualifying on a protected ranking. She had been out nearly two years, since July 2019. A “severe partial rotator cuff tear” led to the usual courses of action: first rehab (didn’t help), then PRP injections. Still, it’s been another year since she began the PRP and she’s just returning now. Hopefully it’s behind her).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Karolina Pliskova (CZE): No. 10 ========> No. 13 (Pliskova had some points to defend from her title at Eastbourne back in 2019, and didn’t. So she drops out of the top 10 for the first time since Aug. 22, 2016, with fourth-round points to defend from Wimbledon 2019).
Marketa Vondrousova (CZE): No. 40 ========> No. 42
Sloane Stephens (USA): No. 69 ========> No. 73 (Another drop – and she drew Kvitova in the first round at Wimbledon).
Samantha Stosur (AUS): No. 151 ========> No. 166 (She’s at Wimbledon this week. But at 37, that’s a long way back up to a reasonable spot in the rankings. Stosur hadn’t played outside of Australia since before the pandemic stoppage, until she hit the grass last week at Eastbourne. She’s 1-5 on the season, with her only win over wild card Destanee Aiava in the first round of the Australian Open).