FLUSHING MEADOWS – The all-teenaged US Open women’s final announced … something as far as the WTA Tour is concerned.
What that might be, we’ll do a deep dive on sometime this week.
But in the meantime, the effort was a game-changer for both champion Emma Raducanu and runner-up Leylah Fernandez.
What a fortnight it was for both.
ON THE UPSWING
Karolina Pliskova (CZE): No. 4 ==========> No. 3 (The US Open quarterfinalists moves up a spot to No. 3 – her first time in that spot in a year).
Barbora Krejcikova (CZE): No. 9 ==========> No. 7 (Suddenly, quietly, she’s up to a career high No. 7 after making the quarters in her US Open main-draw debut).
Simona Halep (ROU): No. 13 ==========> No. 11 (It didn’t go the way she wanted it, after a fourth-round loss. But given she’d played so little summer that was pretty good mitigation).
Maria Sakkari (GRE): No. 18 ==========> No. 13 (Already at a career high, the semifinalist moves to another career high, which won’t erase the disappointment of her poor performance against Emma Raducanu).
Ons Jabeur (TUN): No. 21 ==========> No. 18 (Her third round in New York moves her into the top 20, and a new career high).
Cori Gauff (USA): No. 23==========> No. 19 (She had a tough draw, and will be disappointed at her second-round loss. But the 17-year-old also moves into the top 20 for the first time, and a career high. As well, she made the doubles final with Caty McNally and moves to a career high of XX there, as well).
Emma Raducanu (GBR): No. 150 ==========> No. 23 (A pretty legendary run through the qualifying and main draw – 10 singles match wins, all without losing a set. The US Open champion had barely begun, and now she’s already arrived).
Leylah Fernandez (CAN): No. 73 ==========> No. 28 (Her serve and her nerve let her down in the singles final. But the Canadian is now in the top 30, by far a career best).
Sloane Stephens (USA): No. 66 ==========> No. 55 (A nice little jump, after a tough draw and a third-round result).
Mayar Sherif (EGY): No. 96 ==========> No. 74 (Sherif lost to Emma Raducanu in the final round of qualifying – not such a bad loss, in retrospect!) but got into the US Open as a lucky loser).
Greet Minnen (BEL): No. 104 ==========> No. 78 (A career high for the US Open lucky loser, who used that opportunity to get to the third round after being beaten by Canadian Rebecca Marino in the final round of qualifying).
Martina Trevisan (ITA): No. 106 ==========> No. 79 (The 27-year-old Italian reaches a career high after making the second round in New York, and reaching the final of the 125K in Karlsruhe the second week).
Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA): No. 174 ==========> No. 124 (The return from a doping suspension that crushed her ranking continues, as she lost in the second round of US Open qualifying. But, à la Benjamin Bonzi on the men’s side, Haddad maximized by winning in Collonge Bellerive the first week of the Open, and in Montreux the second week).
Rebeka Masarova (ESP): No. 231 ==========> No. 179 (The 22-year-old, who won the junior French Open a few years ago over Amanda Anisimova in the final, has seen her rise slowed by injury. But she reaches a career high after qualifying and making the second round of the main draw in New York).
Tereza Smitkova (CZE): No. 360 ==========> No. 264 (Smitkova’s ranking rises nearly 100 spots after she qualified and made the quarters in Prerov, qualified and made the final in Prague on the ITF circuit).
Linda Noskova (CZE): No. 523 ==========> No. 321 (The Roland Garros junior singles champion and Wimbledon junior girls’ semifinalist won an ITF 60K in Prerov, and made the quarterfinals the next week in Prague, at age 16. She moved up nearly 200 spots to a new career high).
Elvina Kalieva (USA): No. 771 ==========> No. 640 (The 18-year-old from Staten Island, who also played the junior event, earned 20 precious points by winning a round in qualifying at the US Open. She gets a nice boost in the rankings).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Naomi Osaka (USA): No. 3 ==========> No. 5 (Her third-round loss didn’t defend her champion’s points from 2020. But although she only drops two spots in the rankings, she loses 1,870 points and has players like Krejcikova and Iga Swiatek nipping at her heels. And who knows when we’ll see her again).
Bianca Andreescu (CAN): No. 7 ==========> No. 20 (With all the points she had to defend in Canada and the US Open, this could have been a lot worse. The other big chunk that was on her record for so long was the 1,000 points for winning Indian Wells 2 1/2 years ago. That’s probably worth about 15 spots in the rankings, worse-case scenario. As well, there are 215 points from her quarterfinal in Beijing in 2019 still sitting out there.
Victoria Azarenka (BLR): No. 19 ==========> No. 32 (She made the third round, but those finalist points from a year ago drop off, and Azarenka is out of the top 30 as a result).
Serena Williams (USA): No. 22 ==========> No. 41 (It’s Williams’s lowest ranking since July 2018, as she didn’t play the US Open this year and drops her finalist’s points from 2019).
Petra Martic (CRO): No. 32 ==========> No. 42 (Martic was out in the second round this year, after making the fourth round in 2020)
Yulia Putintseva (KAZ): No. 33 ==========> No. 44 (A quarterfinalist in 2020, Putintseva drops out of the top 40 after losing in the first round this year).
Donna Vekic (CRO): No. 57 ==========> No. 98 (A tough blow to the ranking for Vekic, whose career high is No. 19. She lost to Garbiñe Muguruza – whose former coach Sam Sumyk is now her coach – in the first round, after making the quarterfinals in 2019).
Anna Blinkova (RUS): No. 84 ==========> No. 100 (Another first-round loser, after her points from winning a 125K in Chicago the second week of the 2019 US Open are gong).
Patricia Maria Tig (ROU): No. 91 ==========> No. 147 (The 27-year-old, who worked to come back from literally nowhere to a career high of No. 56 after having her daughter, has been out with injury and didn’t play the US Open. She drops 387 points, including from a title at a 125K in Karlruhe, Germany that took place in Aug in 2019, but this past week in 2021. As well, the points from winning the WTA event in Istanbul last year at this time. So it’s back to the drawing board).
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN): No. 131 ==========> No. 170 (Rehabbing from shoulder surgery and doing various TV gigs, the Canadian drops her points from the 2019 US Open and her run in the Istanbul tournament last fall. The point from her third-round effort at the 2020 French Open are next. So it won’t be going the right way for awhile).
Tsevetana Pironkova (BUL): No. 107 ==========> No. 184 (After getting close to the top 100 again after years away, Pironkova sees her 2020 US Open quarterfinal points – and her ranking – drop after losing in the first round this year. She only arrived in North America for the big one, so there … wasn’t much prep).
Kristie Ahn (USA): No. 140 ==========> No. 210 (The 29-year-old American was a great story at the US Open in 2019, making the fourth round. But she lost in the first round of qualies this year, so that’s a big drop).
Taylor Townsend (USA): No. 149 ==========> No. 253 (Beautiful Aubrey is the reason for Townsend’s absence in New York this year, after she qualified and made the fourth round in 2019. In fact, when she lost to Sachia Vickery in the first round of last year’s event, she was already pregnant. Townsend rocked her gig on Tennis Channel. Let’s hope she’s back in shape and ready to come back soon; she’s only 25).
Katrina Scott (USA): No. 348 ==========> No. 444 (The 17-year-old lost in the first round of qualifying at the US Open. A year ago, she got a wild card and won a round).
Gabriela Dabrowski up to No. 7.
Road to … Guadalajara!