October 2, 2022

Open Court

MORE TENNIS THAN YOU EVER NEEDED

WTA Tour Rankings Report – As of July 25, 2022

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek returns this week in Warsaw, Poland – the first of the very top tier of players to do so.

Of course, it’s a rare tournament in her homeland and her father is involved in running it. So it would be a tough one to pass up, as she had to a year ago in its inaugural edition with the Olympics coming up right behind it.

In the meantime, Bernarda Pera has blown a hot streak through the bridge summer clay-court season.

Open Court also would like to give a shutout to American Angela Kulikov, of whom much was expected at a young age (that old story …) but who is doing it her way now, with a Masters degree in her pocket, too.

She made her WTA Tour debut in doubles this week in Hamburg. And she and partner Sophie Chang won the whole thing.

She’s at a career high No. 83 in doubles this week, after starting outside the top 100.

For the complete, updated WTA Tour rankings picture, click here.

ON THE UPSWING

Irina Camelia Begu (ROU): No. 45 ========> No. 33 (Begu, whose career looked in a serious lull not long ago, has bounced back admirably – as tennis players so often do. She won her first title in nearly five years in Palermo last week).

Bernarda Pera (USA): No. 81 ========> No. 54 (Another player who rose up a few years ago, but who also hit a lull, Pera has won WTA events the last two weeks, and raised her ranking from 130 two weeks ago to a new career high. She’s on a 12-match win streak).

Anastasia Potapova: No. 63 ========> No. 59 (A former top junior who was expected to rise a lot more quickly than she did, Potapova is inching her way up every week now. Her semifinal effort in Hamburg also puts her at a career high).

Lucia Bronzetti (ITA): No. 78 ========> No. 65 (The 23-year-old Italian reached the Palermo final, and another career high. Hopefully that means she’ll get a photo and some information on her WTA website bio sometime soon).

Diane Parry (FRA): No. 86 ========> No. 76 (The 19-year-old from France makes the Palermo quarterfinals and moves up 10 apots, to a new career high).

Misaki Doi (JPN): No. 107 ========> No. 97 (Doi and her longtime coach Christian Zahalka parted ways this week. But she managed to jump up 10 spots and get herself back into the top 100).

Jessika Ponchet (FRA): No. 195 ========> No. 152 (A career high for the 25-year-old from France after winning a higher-level ITF last week).

Sachia Vickery (USA): No. 215 ========> No. 179 (A final at the $60K ITF in Evansville brings Vickery, 27, back into the top 200. They endured double and triple-headers and the relocation of the tournament indoors during a challenging week).

Ashlyn Krueger (USA): No. 314 ========> No. 243 (The 18-year-old, who has decided to turn pro, makes good at the $60K in Evansville and wins the whole thing, with the resultant rise in her career-high ranking).

Sabine Lisicki (GER): No. 487 ========> No. 447 (Maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel for the 32-year-old, who is coming back from a long injury layoff. Although it’s going to be tougher for her to get opportunities and wild cards now, with her last three events being held in her native Germany. Stil, when she set out in May, she had no ranking at all).

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ON THE DOWNSWING

Océane Dodin (FRA): No. 77 ========> No. 89 (Dodin made the second round in Palermo. But her points from last year’s semifinal drop off leaving her down 12).

Maryna Zanevska (BEL): No. 72 ========> No. 99 (Zanevska was adorable in her memorable on-court speech during the trophy ceremony in Gdynia Poland a year ago. But flash forward, and despite making the Hamburg semifinal, she drops those 2021 points and her ranking takes a hit. She will try to make them up in Warsaw this week).

Elena-Gabriela Ruse (ROU): No. 69 ========> No. 104 (A similar situation for Ruse, who reached the final in Palermo a year ago. She lost in the first round in Hamburg, so couldn’t cut her losses).

Rebecca Marino (CAN): No. 101 ========> No. 109 (Her stay in the top 100 lasted just a week – for now. But even though she drops her points from winning a $25K ITF in Evansville, Indiana a year ago and goes down a bit, her entry at the US Open is locked in at the No. 101 ranking. And she’s next in. Marino is expected to play the Citi Open qualifying next weekend).

Kristina Kucova (SVK): No. 90 ========> No. 118 (Kucova was a finalist in Gdynia last year, and was idle last week. So he falls out of the top 100).

Astra Sharma (AUS): No. 160 ========> No. 200 (It felt as though Sharma’s trajectory was going to continue to rise, as she hit her career high of No. 84 just five months ago. But she has fallen down and is at No. 200 after losing her quarterfinal points from Palermo last year, and also losing in the first round of qualifying in Prague over the weekend).

Françoise Abanda (CAN): No. 422 ========> No. 491 (No, we don’t know what she’s up to. But points from her 2019 semifinal at the Gatineau ITF drop, leaving her just two points from leaving the top 500).

THE CANADIANS

The points from this week’s ITF in Saskatoon, as a $25K, won’t show up on the computer until next week.

THE ROAD TO ???

No change in the top 10, with Anett Kontveit moving up four spots to No. 12.

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