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WTA Rankings Report – As of Dec. 6, 2021

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As with the men, the women’s main tour action has been over for awhile.

But the ITFs continue. And there are some 125K WTAs in the offing in the month of December – including this week in France.

But also as with the men, the deadline for the main draw at the Australian Open is Monday. And these rankings will determine the initial cutoff.

There are few question marks in there. Notably – Qiang Wang has been off the grid for a long time now. And who knows where Svetlana Kuznetsova is, or whether she will play.

Also as with the men, there are no changes in the top 70, and almost none in the top 100.

But it gives us an opportunity to look further down the charts, to see who’s making moves.

For the complete rankings picture, click here.

ON THE UPSWING

Susan Bandecchi (SUI): No. 196 =======> No. 175 (The 23-year-old from Switzerland began the season at No. 279, and now she’s at a career high in both singles and doubles (No. 171) after winning a $25K in Ortisei, Italy two weeks ago).

Dea Herdzelas (BIH): No. 238 =======> No. 221 (The 25-year-old’s name is a new one here – and there aren’t many women from Bosnia on the pro circuit. But she has been doing some things – including a semifinal effort at a $25K in Milovice two weeks ago) and we will look out for her at the AO qualifying).

Linda Noskova (CZE): No. 319 =======> No. 264 (The 17-year-old leaps into a career high in the top 270 with a win at the $25K ITF in Milovice. She won the Roland Garros junior girls’ title last summer, rising to No. 5 in the world in the juniors. She still stands at No. 15. But typically when they win a junior major, the junior days are done).

Thandi with Canadian Charlotte Robillard-Millette at junior Wimbledon in 2016).

Karman Thandi (IND): No. 578 =======> No. 448 (The 23-year-old from India, whose career high ranking was No. 196 back in 2018, jumps 130 spots after reaching the final at the $25K in Ortisei two weeks ago, losing to Bandecchi).

Polina Kudermetova (RUS): No. 570 =======> No. 529 (The 18-year-old sister of top-30 player Veronika Kudermetova won a $15K in Kazan, Russia two weeks ago to reach a career high).

Nikola Bartunkova (CZE): No. 791 =======> No. 563 (At just 15, a jump like that is worth putting Bartunkova on the radar. Bartunkova went from the qualifying to the final at the $25K in Milovice. She’s currently No. 32 in the juniors).

Sonay Kartal (GBR): No. 1002 =======> No. 862 (The 20-year-old Brit was the “other girl” in that video of Emma Raducanu that circulated awhile back, when she was just nine and creaming the ball. So she’s also on the radar. Kartal has played seven pro events since September, at which point she didn’t even have a ranking. But she went from the quailfying to the final at an ITF in Antalya in October. And she won one at the same spot a few weeks later to get into the top 1000. And after she won another $15K in Monastir, Tunisia two weeks ago, she jumped to her current career high).

Barbora Palicova (CZE): No. 1094 =======> No. 875 (Another junior – she’s 17 – who made a big move in the pros last week – rising 219 spots. Palicova reached the quarters of the $25K Milovice ITF, losing to Bartunkova. Palicova is at a career-high No. 28 in the ITF junior rankings).

Michaela Laki (GRE): No. 1190 =======> No. 964 (The 16-year-old from Greece is into the top 1,000 – up 226 spots after winning a $15K at home, in Heraklion. She’s played 10 pro events this year (mostly in Heraklion) and didn’t have a ranking until after the fifth one, where she made the semis. Laki stands at No. 21 in the ITF junior rankings).

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ON THE DOWNSWING

Urszula Radwanska (POL): No. 213 =======> No. 228

Indy de Vroome (NED): No. 232 =======> No. 248

THE CANADIANS

Can-American Carson Branstine, who is expected to hit school in Texas in January, is in Cairo playing ITFs and won a $15K two weeks ago, getting her back into the top 700 in the WTA rankings after a couple of surgeries.

Also notable – Katherine Sebov, who is barely inside the top 1000 in doubles, won the dubs at a $25K ITF in the Czech Republic last week.

 

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