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WTA Rankings Report – As of June 27, 2022

WIMBLEDON – The big one starts Monday.

But there was plenty of action last week, as Petra Kvitova won the 500 in Eastbourne, and Canadian Bianca Andreescu reached the final in Bad Homburg.

Caroline Garcia beat her in a marathon.

The fact that there are no ranking points on offer at Wimbledon will mean that the next official rankings, in two weeks, won’t have the big swings that usually occur after a major. They’ll be different – mostly all on the downswing.

So it’ll be pretty low key for the next few weeks, although others at the lower levels will be able to make hay while the sun (hopefully) shines on SW19.

For the complete, updated WTA rankings, click here.

ON THE UPSWING

Ons Jabeur (TUN): No. 3 ========> No. 2 (Jabeur begins her quest for Wimbledon at her highest-ever ranking. She’s No. 2 – and she has barely half the points accumulated by world No. 1 Iga Swiatek. Pretty wild).

Petra Kvitova (CZE): No. 31 ========> No. 26 (Kvitova’s title in Eastbourne earns her five spots, and puts her in confidence as she heads to Wimbledon. She’s twice a champion there; too bad she’s in the top half with Swiatek, and in a section with Gauff, Halep, Anisimova and Pliskova. But that’s draw (non)-luck for you).

Alizé Cornet (FRA): No. 44 ========> No. 37 (Cornet made the semifinal in singles and the final in doubles in Bad Homburg. A great week overall. She meets Yulia Putintseva in the first round at Wimbledon).

Caroline Garcia (FRA): No. 75 ========> No. 55 (It’s pretty crazy that the former No. 4 – this was less than four years ago – was down that low. But this title in Bad Homburg will help. She saved match point vs. Cornet and then survived a marathon against Bianca Andreescu to win it. Wimbledon being what it is, she gets no break after that Saturday final and has to hit the court at the AELTC Monday against British wild card Yuriko Miyazaki).

Bianca Andreescu (CAN): No. 64 ========> No. 56 (Andreescu’s first final since Miami in 2021, and a great week overall. She gets American qualifier Emina Bektas in the first round of Wimbledon).

Harriet Dart (GBR): No. 103 ========> No. 94 (Kudos to Dart, who reaches a career high after a busy week at Eastbourne during which she had to double up a lot, because of darkness delays and matches carried over. She spend a couple of weeks in the top 100 – barely, at No. 99 and No. 100 – this spring. But this is her best yet).

Lesia Tsurenko (UKR): No. 114 ========> No. 101 (Tsurenko won five matches in Eastbourne through the qualifying, came back from being down 1-6 to beat No. 9 seed Elena Rybakina in three, beat Magda Linette in three sets in a huge tussle in the third round – and pulled out before her quarterfinal against Beatriz Haddad Maia. Busy week, and a nice jump).

Viktoriya Tomova (BUL): No. 128========> No. 112 (The 27-year-old from Bulgaria, who was wearing Nike circa .. 2019 Australian Open in Eastbourne, is nine off her career high of No. 103 after going from the qualies to the quarterfinals as a lucky loser. She ended up getting a first-round bye because of the slot she went into. But still a creat week. She also earned nearly $20,000. Tomova gets Daria Saville in the first round at Wimbledon).

Kirsten Flipkens (BEL): No. 257 ========> No. 190 (Flipkens’s swan song will be this week at Wimbledon. But she gets her ranking back into the top 200 before she goes, after a throwback week at Eastbourne in which she went from the qualies to the round of 16, beating compatriots Elise Mertens and Maryna Zanevska along the day. She defeated Tomova in a third-set tiebreak to make the main draw – then lost to her 6-4 in the third in the third round to bow out).

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ON THE DOWNSWING

Anett Kontaveit (EST): No. 2 ========> No. 3 (Kontaveit made the final at Eastbourne a year ago, losing to Jelena Ostapenko. Those points drop, and that drops her behind Jabeur. She’s still the No. 2 seed in the event, although the way she’s playing – and she hasn’t played a match since Roland Garros – most would want to be in her half. She lost in the first round to Marketa Vondrousova a year ago at the AELTC).

Jelena Ostapenko (LAT): No. 14 ========> No. 17 (Ostapenko is in a pretty tight part of the rankings, and replacing last year’s Eastbourne title with a final this year was enough to drop her three spots).

Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP): No. 40 ========> No. 45 (Seeded at Wimbledon – just squeezing in at No. 32 – Sorribes Tormo could be a second-round opponent for … Serena Williams. They met last week in the first round of Eastbourne doubles, Williams’s first match in nearly a year).

Photo: AELTC/Jon Leicesterr (2021)

Viktorija Golubic (SUI): No. 51 ========> No. 58 (Golubic lost in the first round of Eastbourne, after going from the qualifying to the quarterfinals a year ago. She’s defending her surprise quarterfinal at Wimbledon, after she heat Kudermetova, Collins, Brengle and Keys before losing to Pliskova a year ago. Actually, because there are no ranking points, she can’t defend. And after losing about 45 per cent of her points, she’ll drop out of the top 100).

Katerina Siniakova (CZE): No. 63 ========> No. 79 (Siniakova lost in three sets to Simona Halep in Bad Homburg, where she made the final a year ago. She’s also going to lose third-round points from Wimbledon last year).

Anastasija Sevastova (LAT): No. 209 ========> No. 297 (Sevastova, 32, has played just three matches this year – all in Melbourne in January. She drops her points from a run ot the quarterfinals a year ago in Eastbourne. And she’ll drop even more this week as her third-round points from Wimbledon fall off).

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