With the Billie Jean King Cup finals occupying the schedule, the highest-level tournaments to be found last week were 125Ks in Midland, Michigan and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
But there is another rankings adjustment this week – another step towards normalcy.
But kind of a shock to the system, particularly for certain players who did well in certain events.
Points from three 2019 events – Indian Wells, Rabat (Morocco) and ‘s-Hertogenbosch – are coming off. And that means another game of mini musical chairs in the rankings.
For example, Angelique Kerber drops 650 points from her 2019 Indian Wells final. Ons Jabeur drops almost nothing.
We’ve pulled out some of more notable players who have benefited from the adjustment here. Their fortunes have changed merely because they didn’t do as well back in 2019.
The more notable ones who lost ground – with one particular Canadian, and one legendary American – are outlined in the “downswing” section.
–Paula Badosa (From No. 11 into the top 10 at No. 10 – career high)
–Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (From No. 12 to No. 11 – career high)
–Sofia Kenin (From No. 15 to No. 12)
–Elena Rybakina (From No. 16 to to No. 14 – career high)
–Elise Mertens (From No. 18 to No. 16)
–Jessica Pegula (From No. 20 to No. 19 – career high)
–Emma Raducanu (From No. 21 into the top 20 at No. 20 – career high)
–Coco Gauff (From No. 23 to No. 21)
–Leylah Fernandez (No. 26 to No. 24 – career high)
–Ekaterina Alexandrova (No. 32 to No. 30)
–Tamara Zidansek (No. 33 to No. 31 – career high)
–Camila Giorgi (No. 36 to No. 34)
–Shelby Rogers (No. 42 to No. 40 – ties her career high)
–Viktorija Golubic (No. 45 to No. 43 – career high)
–Clara Tauson (No. 46 to No. 44 – career high)
ON THE UPSWING
= career high
Anhelina Kalimina (UKR): No. 57 =========> No. 52 (The 24-year-old from Ukraine wins the Nantes ITF and reaches a career high).
Mayar Sherif (EGY): No. 64 =========> No. 61 (A new career high for the semifinalist at the Buenos Aires 125K)
Madison Brengle (USA): No. 71 =========> No. 57 (Brengle won the Dow Classic 125K in Midland, Mich. this week to help her rankings case beautifully. Of course, what she also did was prevent others from earning points for the USTA’s Australian Open wild card. Brengle wasn’t eligible for that race because she is already safely into the main draw. That, however, is not her problem).
Océane Dodin (FRA): No. 97 =========> No. 88 (The finalist in Nantes).
Anna Bondar (HUN): No. 135 =========> No. 107 (The 24-year-old won the Buenos Aires 125K and hits a career high. She certainly has a shot this week at the Santiago 60K ITF to grab a spot in Melbourne).
Panna Udvardy (HUN): No. 128 =========> No. 116 (Udvardy hits a career high with a semifinal effort in Buenos Aires)
Dalma Galfi (HUN): No. 123 =========> No. 119 (As with her countrywomen Bondar and Udvardy, Galfi, 23, hits a career high).
Diane Parry (FRA): No. 174 =========> No. 149 (Parry, 19, hits a career high after making the Buenos Aires final).
Robin Anderson (USA): No. 214 =========> No. 172 (The 28-year-old veteran of the USTA ITF grind, Anderson makes the Midland final and is looking good in the USTA’s AO wild card race).
Mirjam Bjorklund (SWE): No. 256 =========> No. 209 (Denis Shapovalov’s better half reaches the final at the Austin ITF, and makes a big jump to a career high).
Laura Pigossi (BRA): No. 271 =========> No. 218 (The Olympic bronze medal winner in doubles wins the $25K Guayaquil ITF two weeks ago, and rises to a career high in singles at age 27).
Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR): No. 244 =========> No. 232 (The former No. 60 had a good week at home in Istanbul, making the semifinal. But she also got bad news from a positive doping test taken at the summer clay-court tournament in Cluj-Napoca).
Bianca Jolie Fernandez (CAN): No. 1054 =========> No. 916 (Leylah’s little sister won a round at the 25K in Guayaquil two weeks ago, with big sis on hand to support Not without some drama, we’re hearing. But you have to start somewhere and the 17-year-old is into the top 1000 in the rankings for the first time).
ON THE DOWNSWING
–Angelique Kerber (From No. 9 to No. 17)
Belinda Bencic (From No. 17 out of the top 20 to No. 23)
–Bianca Andreescu (From No. 24 to No. 46)(Andreescu, who won Indian Wells in 2019, is the one hardest hit by this adjustment).
–Alison Van Uytvanck (From No. 61 to No. 69)
–Alison Riske (From No. 52 to No. 73)
–Johanna Konta (From No. 73 out of the top 100, at No. 112. Will she play the qualies in Melbourne?)
–Kirsten Flipkens (From No. 160 to No. 186)
Varvara Lepchenko (USA): No. 117 =========> No. 125
Lesia Tsurenko (UKR): No. 113 =========> No. 132 (Tsurenko qualified in Linz this week, but she loses points from ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Indian Wells in 2019).
Stefanie Voegele (SUI): No. 116 =========> No. 131 (Another rankings adjustment victim).
Polona Hercog (SLO): No. 127 =========> No. 138 (Hercog drops nearly 60 points from 2019)
Kateryna Kozlova (UKR): No. 129 =========> No. 145 (Kozlova qualified in Linz this week, and will try to earn back some of the 80+ points from 2019 that dropped this week).
Christina McHale (USA): No. 143 =========> No. 161 (More rankings adjustments)
Ysaline Bonaventure (BEL): No. 146 =========> No. 228 (Bonaventure’s ranking drops off a cliff hile she was on the Belgian team at the BJK Cup Finals warming the bench.She went from the qualies to the quarters in Rabat, the qualies to the 2nd round at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, and the qualifying to the third round at Indian Wells in 2019. Even if it was a mirage in the rankings and you know it’s coming, that is seriously painful).
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN): No. 230 =========> No. 236 (The Canadian drops 10 points from 2019. But it’s enough to drop six spots in the rankings).
Natalia Viklyantseva (RUS): No. 166 =========> No. 239 (Another one hard-hit by the 2019 adjustment, as the former No. 54 made the quarters in ‘S-Hertogenbosch two years ago – and also qualified and made the third round at Indian Wells. She beat Carla Suárez Navarro in the second round, and lost 6-3 in the third to eventual finalist Angelique Kerber).
Mona Barthel (GER): No. 189 =========> No. 273 (Barthel, the former No. 23, made the fourth round at the 2019 BNP Paribas Open. Then ranked No. 97, she beat Madison Keys and Julia Goerges, both top-20 players, in three sets before losing to Venus Williams. That’s now in the rear-view mirror).
Shuai Peng (CHN): No. 248 =========> No. 281 (Peng, 35, hasn’t played since the pandemic shut things down in March 2020 and was in the news this week for some terrifying-sounding off-the-court drama).
Venus Williams (USA): No. 170 =========> No. 314 (Williams’s Indian Wells points from 2019 drop. And that’s what her ranking looks like. It’s been … a hot decade or three since she was outside the top 300. She can get top-20 wild cards for life if she wants to keep playing. Which doesn’t make that number disappear although it’s fairly moot).