ROLAND GARROS – What’s up with the WTA right now?
Well … it’s complicated.
Anett Kontaveit and Ons Jabeur lost in the first round. And yet they have moved up to career highs.
So your top four are champion Iga Swiatek … and way behind them (like, half the amount of ranking points or less): Kontaveit, Paula Badosa and Jabeur.
Emma Raducanu, who lost in the second round, moves up a spot to tie her best of No. 11.
It is kind of like that.
But unlike the men, the 2021 Roland Garros points are falling off this week – which means a big drop for players like champion Barbora Krejcikova and finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
ON THE UPSWING
Anett Kontaveit (EST): No. 5 =========> No. 2 (At a career high, despite losing in the first round in Paris. There are reports out of Estonia that Kontaveit is struggling with the after-effects of a bout with COVID, which might explain why she’s not rocking it as she did at the end of last year. Still – it’s shocking that Anett Kontaveit is the No. 2 player in the world).
Ons Jabeur (TUN): No. 6 =========> No. 4 (Jabeur is another player who lost in the first round. And she also moves up to a career high of No. 4).
Jessica Pegula (USA): No. 11 =========> No. 8 (In the top 10 for the first time as she made the quarterfinals in singles – and the doubles final with Coco Gauff. Simply the most consistent American woman in recent times).
Daria Kasatkina: No. 20 =========> No. 12 (A nice career renaissance for Kasatkina, who made the semifinals and is at her best ranking in quite some time. Unfortunately for her she cannot continue the ride at Wimbledon).
Coco Gauff (USA): No. 23 =========> No. 13 (Gauff came away the runner-up in both the singles and doubles in Paris. But she made them both. And she moves up to a career high of No. 13 in singles, and No. 5 in doubles).
Leylah Fernandez (CAN): No. 18 =========> No. 15 (Despite the injury that contributed greatly to her quarterfinal exit, the Canadian moves up three spots to a new career high).
Martina Trevisan (ITA): No. 59 =========> No. 27 (Crazy rise for Trevisan, who made the semifinals in Paris after being a surprise quarterfinalist from the qualifying in 2020. A career high – obviously – and a game-changer in terms of her career).
Aliaksandra Sasnovich: No. 47 =========> No. 36 (The veteran from Belarus moves up 10 after reaching the fourth round in Paris, which included an upset win over Emma Raducanu).
Irina Camelia Begu (ROU): No. 63 =========> No. 44 (A ways away from her career high ranking of No. 22, but on a better track after making the second week in Paris. Begu’s run will probably be remembered more for the incident with the bouncing racquet that went into the stands).
Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL): No. 60 =========> No. 46 (Out in the second round in Paris, Van Uytvanck made the quick changeover to the grass and won the ITF in Surbiton).
Sloane Stephens (USA): No. 64 =========> No. 47 (Back into the top 50 after making the quarterfinals at Roland Garros. It was sort of an out-of-nowhere result; that said, the French has been her most consistent major).
Zheng Qinwen (CHN): No. 74 =========> No. 54 (The 19-year-old acquitted herself very well as she made the second week of Roland Garros and offered some rare pushback to eventual champion Iga Swiatek. It’s a career high, and she’s staying on clay in Valencia at the WTA 125 this week).
Daria Saville (AUS): No. 127 =========> No. 104 (Saville’s true ranking is right there with the protected ranking she has been using since returning from injury. Which is what it is designed to do. She made the third round in Paris).
Rebecca Marino (CAN): No. 115 =========> No. 109 (Qualifying in Paris was enough to move the Canadian up six spots. And the absences at Wimbledon also mean she’s straight in, without having to go through the qualifying).
Olga Danilovic (SRB): No. 172 =========> No. 125 (The 21-year-old Serbian made hay in Paris, as she qualified, and made the second round. She then headed to Makarska the second week and reached the quarterfinals there).
Linda Noskova (CZE): No. 184 =========> No. 139 (Noskova, still just 17, is one of the two “Lindas” along with countrywoman Linda Fruhvirtova. But Noskova was the one who qualified in Paris. She then made the Makarska semis. So she makes a nice leap to another career high).
Léolia Jeanjean (FRA): No. 227 =========> No. 149 (Jeanjean, 26, announced herself at her home Grand Slam by getting to the third round on a wild card).
Fernandez Contreras Gómez (MEX): No. 225 =========> No. 162 (Contreras Gómez, 24, came out of nowhere with her fabulous clay-court game and one-handed topspin backhand and qualified in Paris. She also won a round in the main draw and rises to the top 200 for the first time)
ON THE DOWNSWING
Barbora Krejcikova (CZE): No. 2 =========> No. 14 (Krejcikova was the surprise champion a year ago. This year, she was injured and barely made it back in time to even try to defend her title. And reportedly she got COVID in Paris. So a rough stretch).
Jelena Ostapenko (LAT): No. 13 =========> No. 16 (Ostapenko had a good run in doubles, but she was upset in the second round of singles).
Victoria Azarenka: No. 15 =========> No. 19 (Azarenka made the third round in singles and also will be one who misses Wimbledon, being from Belarus).
Elena Rybakina (KAZ): No. 16 =========> No. 21 (Slides out of the top 20 after losing in the third round).
Elina Svitolina (UKR): No. 33 =========> No. 37 (Expecting her first child with husband Gaël Monfils, Svitolina’s ranking is going to look like this for awhile).
Marketa Vondrousova (CZE): No. 35 =========> No. 49 (Vondrousova, a former Roland Garros finalist, has been MIA for quite awhile and missed the 2022 edition altogether).
Tamara Zidansek (SLO): No. 25 =========> No. 59 (Zidansek lost in the third round this year – but because she made the semifinals in Paris a year ago, the ranking goes a-tumblin’).
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: No. 21 =========> No. 83 (2021 finalist Pavlyuchenkova has struggled with injuries this season. So there were a lot of opportunities lost to earn points, which makes the dropping of that 2021 result – she withdrew this year – hurt the ranking even more).
Polona Hercog (SLO): No. 185 =========> No. 293 (Hercog, 31, has sort of disappeared and did not play Roland Garros this year. She remains the only player ever to defeat Iga Swiatek in a final).