MIAMI, Fla. – It’s not news that Iga Swiatek is the new No. 1 on the WTA Tour.
Once she won her opening match at the Miami Open, it was a done deal.
But then the 20-year-old backed it up by winning the tournament, rolling over Naomi Osaka in the final.
With that, she completed the rare “Sunshine Double”, winning Indian Wells and Miami back to back.
That’s some feat.
ON THE UPSWING
Iga Swiatek (POL): No. 2 ========> No. 1 (Already up to a cafreer-high No. 2 after winning Indian Wells, the Polish star takes the top position after the sudden, surprising retirement of Ashleigh Barty last week. Barty had her name removed from the rankings – which isn’t automatic – to make way for the new wave).
Barbora Krejcikova (CZE): No. 4 ========> No. 1 (Here’s a good party trick: miss Indian Wells, miss Miami – and move up two spots from No. 4 to No. 2).
Paula Badosa (ESP): No. 6 ========> No. 3 (Badosa ended up losing in the fourth round in Miami, retiring because of a bout with illness. But she still did enough in a very packed section of the rankings to move up to a career high No. 3. She’s just 33 points behind Barbora Krejcikova, who missed both Indian Wells and Miami due to injury).
Danielle Collins (USA): No. 11 ========> No. 8 (Collins came close to the top 10 after making the Australian Open final. But she’s had her travails since then. Making the Miami quarters gets her all the way to No. 8, although still 1,000 points behind No. 7. She withdrew from Charleston this week).
Jessica Pegula (USA): No. 21 ========> No. 13 (Pegula, the quiet one, continues to impress and her semifinal effort in Miami gets her to a career high lucky No. 13).
Coco Gauff (USA): No. 17 ========> No. 15 (Gauff’s career trajectory is somewhat flat these days. But getting to the fourth round in Miami moves her up two, and to the top 15 for the first time in her career. And she and Caty McNally make the Miami doubles semifinals. We should all be so flat).
Leylah Fernandez (CAN): No. 22 ========> No. 19 (Fernandez back inside the top 20, tying her career high, even though she lost her opening match in Miami. She’s the No. 7 seed in Charleston this week).
Belinda Bencic (SUI): No. 28 ========> No. 21 (Bencic is just 60 points away from a return to the top 20, after a great effort to reach the semis in Miami).
Petra Kvitova (CZE): No. 32 ========> No. 29 (Kvitova is back in the top 30 after a quarterfinal effort in Miami. Let’s see if she can do damage in Charleston).
Naomi Osaka (JPN): No. 77 ========> No. 35 (Osaka makes a nice dent in her still hard-to-believe ranking with her run to the Miami Open final. Depending on how much she plays before Paris, she might get past the “dangerous unseeded floater” category).
Anhelina Kalinina (UKR): No. 51 ========> No. 42 (Kalinina reaches a career high after making the fourth round in Miami).
Lucia Bronzetti (ITA): No. 102 ========> No. 85 (The lucky loser in Miami was indeed lucky, and ran it ot the fourth round as she jumps into the top 100 for the first time in her career at age 23).
Vera Zvonareva: No. 117 ========> No. 103 (Zvonareva is back close to the top 100 after qualifying and making the third round in singles. She also won the doubles in Miami, with Laura Siegemund. And that jumped her doubles ranking from No. 40 to No. 23)
Heather Watson (GBR): No. 115 ========> No. 105 (Watson might be making a move just in time to get straight into Roland Garros, with 10 spots after making the third round in Miami. She can seal the deal by doing something out of the qualifying in Charleston).
Rebecca Marino (CAN): No. 116 ========> No. 112 (Marino might have been able to make a move on the Roland Garros main draw by playing Charleston this week. But she opted not to, with the BJK Cup the following week indoors on hard. She may have to grind it out in Paris. But she’s done that before).
Tamara Korpatsch (GER): No. 149 ========> No. 117 (Korpatsch wins an ITF in LeHavre, and made the final at the Marbella 125 last week).
Daria Saville (AUS): No. 249 ========> No. 129 (Saville was outside the top 600 when she returned to action in Australia, playing on a protected ranking of No. 104. She made theh quarters in Miami and cut her live ranking literally in half).
Olivia Gadecki (AUS): No. 202 ========> No. 167 (The young Aussie, whose early season was scuttled by her decision not to get vaccinated, is making waves on the ITF circuit in Australia. She made one semi and one final the last two weeks, and moves up to a career high).
Linda Noskova (CZE): No. 222 ========> No. 184 (There are a couple of Czech Lindas on the come-up, as Noskova, at 17 four months the elder, wins the $60,000 ITF at Croissy Beaubourg and leaps into the top 200 for the first time.
Linda Fruhvirtova (CZE): No. 279 ========> No. 188 (Fruhvirtova, who turns 17 on May 1, reached the fourth round in Miami and jumps nearly 100 spots into the top 200. She also has a wild card in Charleston, where she plays Ana Konjuh in the first round).
Brenda Fruhvirtova (CZE): No. 389 ========> No. 377 (the younger Fruhvirtova, who just turned 15 Saturday, lost in the second round of the $25K ITF in Le Havre and the first round at a smaller ITF in Antalya, but still moves up 12 spots to another career high).
Petra Marcinko (CRO): No. 569 ========> No. 414 (Just 16, Marcinko won an ITF event in Antalya, earning 50 points and helping her rise more than 150 spots in the rankings).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Elina Svitolina (UKR): No. 20 ========> No. 27 (Svitolina has struggled, after the onset of war in her native land. She lost her opener in Miami in a shocker, a third-set tiebreak to Heather Watson. And then she pulled out of Charleston and Stuttgart and will be taking a bit of a break to process it all).
Amanda Anisimova (USA): No. 41 ========> No. 47 (The young American, still only 20, was out in the round of 128 in Miami and drops her third-round effort from a year ago. It comes on the heels of her tearful retirement against Leylah Fernandez at Indian Wells. There certainly appears to be a lot going on off court, and she’s losing the momentum she gained at the start of the season Down Under).
Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP): No. 35 ========> No. 49 (Sorribes Tormo reached the quarters in Miami a year ago, losing to eventual finalist Bianca Andreescu. She squeezed into the last seeded spot, and lost her opener to Kaia Kanepi after winning the first set. That drop in ranking will likely mean she’s unseeded in Paris, and she’s player you want to meet early on clay).
Ana Konjuh (CRO): No. 52 ========> No. 62 (Konjuh had a nice run in Miami a year ago, reaching the fourth round. But she retired during her opener in Indian Wells, and lost her opener in Miami – and so drops nine spots. The Croat gets wild card Linda Fruhvirtova in the first round of Charleston).
Anastasija Sevastova (LAT): No. 85 ========> No. 114 (Sevastova didn’t play Miami, and the points she earned from her quarterfinal run last year fall off and drop her way out of the top 100 for the first time in more than six years. The Latvian has played just three matches in 2022, none since the Australian Open).
Bianca Andreescu (CAN): No. 44 ========> No. 119 (Andreescu’s absence from tennis for the last six months finally starts to really show, as her points from making the Miami final a year ago drop off. And she drops out of the top 100. The Canadian is scheduled to potentially return in Stuttgart in two weeks. And she will be able to use a protected ranking to get into tournaments for the foreseeable future).
Nina Stojanovic (SRB): No. 119 ========> No. 135 (Stojanovic hasn’t played since the Australian Open, and her ranking is sinking).
Sofia Kenin (USA): No. 127 ========> No. 148 (Kenin pulled out of the Miami Open – played just minutes away from her home – rather quietly with a right ankle injury. And with the loss of last year’s points, she drops down again).
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL): No. 331 ========> No. 424 (Pironkova has played just one match since last year’s Wimbledon – a first-round loss to Daria Kasatkina at the US Open. But she’s still on the computer and drops points from qualifying and making the second round at last year’s Miami Open).
The Road to …
Swiatek miles ahead of everyone. But Osaka rises too – right behind the top 10 at No. 11, an increase of 37 spots from two weeks ago.