WIMBLEDON – This will be one of the more unusual rankings updates in awhile.
Because all of the 2021 Wimbledon points fall off. And NONE of the 2022 Wimbledon points come on.
And yet, around the rest of the world there are two weeks of points from WTA 125s and ITFs also going on.
So, yeah, it means that Emma Raducanu, who lost in the second round, is into the top 10 for the first time.
And Wimbledon finalist Ons Jabeur DROPS three spots to No. 5 (after a brief stay at No. 2) because she’s dropping last year’s points.
It is, as the kids say, what it is.
And on the plus side, Rebecca Marino is back into the top 100 for the first time in … an age. And Carol Zhao is inside the top 200 for the first time since Oct. 2018.
ON THE UPSWING
Anett Kontaveit (EST): No. 3 ======> No. 2 (The Estonian lost in the second round, she’s hardly made any kind of dent in 2022, and she’s the No. 2 player in the world).
Maria Sakkari (GRE): No. 5 ======> No. 3 (Sakkari lost in the third round at Wimbledon).
Belinda Bencic (SUI): No. 16 ======> No. 13 (Bencic was upset in the first round, but moves up three spots. She’s in Lausanne this week).
Clara Tauson (DEN): No. 53 ======> No. 46 (Tauson is out for months, shows up at Wimbledon, retires after a few games, takes the cheque – and moves back into the top 50).
Bianca Andreescu (CAN): No. 56 ======> No. 51 (She’ll take it – just 30 points out of the top 50. Next for her is San Jose, the week before the Canadian event, after a training block in Northern California).
Anna Bondar (HUN): No. 64 ======> No. 53 (Ahh, finally! Someone who moves up because they did something! Bondar lost in the first round of Wimbledon. But she went to Contrexeville, France for a tournament during the second week and made the semis. She’s at a new career high).
Varvara Gracheva (RUS): No. 69 ======> No. 60 (Gracheva, barred from Wimbledon, played ITFs in Montpellier and Contrexeville, lost in the first round of both – and moved up nine spots to a career high).
Tatjana Maria (GER): No. 103 ======> No. 98 (Well, at least she’s back in the top 100. The surprise Wimbledon semifinalist, in normal times, would have seen her ranking leap up and near the top 30).
Rebecca Marino (CAN): No. 104 ======> No. 99 (A lot of things had to happen. But they did. And even though she lost in the first round at Wimbledon, Marino is finally (and deservedly) back into the top 100. Finally, after more than four years back).
Sara Errani (ITA): No. 161 ======> No. 127 (Out of the qualifying at Wimbledon in the first round, Errani went to Contrexeville, won the ITF, and moves up 34 spots).
Carol Zhao (CAN): No. 316 ======> No. 199 (Zhao won the $100K in Charleston two weeks ago. And with those points finally on her docket, she moves up 117 spots and is back into the top 200 for the first time since Oct. 2018)
Emma Navarro (USA): No. 253 ======> No. 213 (Navarro, the 21-year-old who announced she’s not finishing her college career and is going pro, makes a nice move after losing in the second round in Charleston, and making the final in Amstelveen, both on the ITF circuit).
Aryna Sabalenka (BLR): No. 6 <======> No. 6 (Sabalenka, banned from Wimbledon, drops her 780 points from last year’s semifinal but, as it shakes out, remains in the No. 6 spot in the rankings. She may be the biggest winner of the week).
Elena Rybakina (KAZ): No. 23 <======> No. 23 (Rybakina drops 185 points, doesn’t add 2000, and stays at No. 23. But she’s the Wimbledon champion. Add those 2,000 and she’s easily into the top 10).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Ons Jabeur (TUN): No. 2 ======> No. 5 (Her “reward” for making the Wimbledon final is … losing three spots in the rankings. Imagine if she hadn’t made it).
Karolina Pliskova (CZE): No. 7 ======> No. 15 (Pliskova lost in the second round. But it wouldn’t have made any difference anyway; she knew this was coming).
Barbora Krejcikova (CZE): No. 14 ======> No. 17 (Krejcikova drops two spots despite making the third round. But the consolation prize is the doubles title, her second Wimbledon and fifth major with Katerina Siniakova. She is slated for Budapest – on clay – this coming week).
Angelique Kerber (GER): No. 19 ======> No. 31 (Kerber, who made the third round, drops out of the top 30 as the 2021 points disappear).
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS): No. 44 ======> No. 71 (Tomljanovic matches her 2021 quarterfinal at Wimbledon, has a great event – and drops 27 spots in the rankings. This is the difference between getting straight into those high-level 1000s and not. It’s a biggie).
Katerina Siniakova (CZE): No. 79 ======> No. 93 (A first-round loser in singles – but a doubles champion – as she drops 14 spots).
Viktorija Golubic (SUI): No. 58 ======> No. 100 (Golubic lost in the second round, but was a quarterfinalist a year ago).
Jule Niemeier (GER): No. 97 ======> No. 109 (A great Wimbledon debut, as she made the quarterfinals. Her reward is dropping out of the top 100).
Karolina Muchova (CZE): No. 81 ======> No. 169 (Muchova’s ranking tumbles after losing in the first round of Wimbledon – irrelevant – and dropping last year’s fourth-round points – very relevant).
Kristyna Pliskova (CZE): No. 231 ======> No. 318 (Karolina’s twin drops out of the top 300. But she has a better reward – son Adamko, born at the end of May).
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