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WTA Rankings Report – As of Sept. 12, 2022

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FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – The end of a major brings with it plenty of changes in the rankings.

Ups, for those who have done well in New York.

Down, for those who did well last year but weren’t able to back it up.

Notably, 2021 champion Emma Raducanu and finalist Leylah Fernandez, who had been in the top 15, drop way down as all that pressure also drops off their shoulder.

(For the complete, updated WTA Rankings, click here. There’s a whole lot more than we’ve laid out here).

ON THE UPSWING

Ons Jabeur (TUN): No. 5 =========> No. 2 (After making the US Open singles final, Jabeur is back to her career high of No. 2. Even with that, though, Iga Swiatek has more than twice the ranking points).

Jessica Pegula (USA): No. 8 =========> No. 5 (Pegula, a quarterfinalist in New York, remains the No. 1 American and jumps into the top five for the first time).

Coco Gauff (USA): No. 12 =========> No. 8 (Gauff is finally into the top 10, after making the quarterfinals in New York. She had gotten to No. 11, but never into the top 10. You’d expect she’ll be there for awhile).

Caroline Garcia (FRA): No. 17 =========> No. 10 (The end of Garcia’s US Open wasn’t what she’d hoped. But all the work she’s done the last few months has rewarded her Monday, as she returns to the top 10).

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Veronika Kudermetova (RUS): No. 18 =========> No. 13 (Kudermetova’s run to the fourth round in New York moves her up five, and to a career best).

Alison Riske-Amritraj (USA): No. 29=========> No. 23 (A nice rise for Riske, who made the fourth round in New York. She’s wasting no time, as she’s the top seed at the new pop-up event in Chennai, India this coming week).

Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS): No. 46 =========> No. 34 (Tomljanovic was a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon as well. Sadly, that was worth no points or she’d be even better right now. Her big move was beating Serena Williams in her final US Open match, but then backing it up against the in-form Samsonova. After shoulder surgery and a lot of lost time, she’s better than she ever was, and at a career high. She came into Toronto at No. 73 and went 12-3 between qualifying and main draw matches).

Daria Saville (AUS): No. 58 =========> No. 50 (After a long injury absence, the Aussie is back into the top 50).

Wang Xiyu (CHN): No. 75 =========> No. 60 (It’s a career high for the 20-year-old lefty, who upset Maria Sakkari in the second round and lost in the third round to Riske in a tight three-setter).

Jule Niemeier (GER): No. 108 =========> No. 73 (A solid player who, gets to a career high after making the fourth round in New York and putting a scare into eventual champion Swiatek. She had made about $150,000 in career prize money before the 2022 season. With her effort in New York she’s over the $1 million mark for her career).

Rebecca Marino (CAN): No.106 =========> No. 90 (Back in the top 100 after briefly dipping her toe in earlier this summer, you’d expect she’s there to stay. Marino is the No. 7 seed in Chennai this week, one of three Canadians in the main draw along with Carol Zhao and wild card Genie Bouchard).

Elizabeth Mandlik (USA): No. 144 =========> No. 124 (Mandlik made the most of her wild card, beating the solid Tamara Zidansek in a great comeback win in the first round before losing to Jabeur).

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Linda Fruhvirtova (CZE): No. 167 =========> No. 130 (Still just 17, Fruhvirtova qualified at the US Open and won her first-round match. She’s in Chennai this week).

Brenda Fruhvirtova (CZE): No. 233 =========> No. 192 (Linda’s 15-year-old sister jumps into the top 200 for the first time, and is 37-5 on the year as she moves up the rankgs at the ITF level. She’s 20-0 in her last four tournaments – in Sweden, Hungary, Switzerland and Germany at the $25,000 level. In those 20 victories, she’s only dropped one set).

Sofia Kenin (USA): No. 327 =========> No. 312 (She still has a protected ranking of No. 4. But it’s taking awhile to climb back up the slope in the actual rankings).

Serena Williams (USA): No. 605 =========> No. 321 (But the question is: have we seen the last of her?)

ON THE DOWNSWING

Maria Sakkari (GRE): No. 3 =========> No. 6 (Sakkari was a semifinalist a year ago as she defeated Petra Kvitova, Bianca Andreescu and Karolins Pliskova before falling to Emma Raducanu. She’s 29-18 on the year, but it’s hard to remember a good run from her; she lost to Wang Xiyu in the second round this year).

Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP): No. 10 =========> No. 12 (Muguruza is only 11-15 on the season. So it’s impressive that she stayed in the top 10 as long as she has. She showed signs of life in a throwback third-round match against Petra Kvitova, but ended up losing a tighter-than-tight match tiebreak to go out in the first week).

Leylah Fernandez (CAN): No. 14 =========> No. 40 (It’s a tumble for Fernandez, whose US Open finals defence ended in the second round with a loss to Samsonova. She has no tournaments planned until the new pop-up event in San Diego next month).

Elise Mertens (BEL): No. 33 =========> No. 43 (Mertens has been a pretty steady producer at majors. But not this year).

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Naomi Osaka (JPN): No. 44 =========> No. 48 (Osaka went out in straight sets to Danielle Collins in her opening match in New York. It’s all kind of a complicated jumble with her these days).

Bianca Andreescu (CAN): No. 48=========> No. 56 (A good start to her US Open, but a decisive loss to Caroline Garcia drops the Canadian out of the top 50).

Angelique Kerber (GER): No. 50 =========> No. 70 (Kerber withdrew from the summer hard-court swing and as the US Open was starting, announced she was pregnant with her first child. She’s 34, but she says she’ll be coming back to the Tour afterwards).

Emma Raducanu (GBR): No. 11 =========> No. 83 (Raducanu’s worst-case scenario came to pass in New York, as the defending champion went out meekly in the first round to Alizé Cornet. No matter, she’s getting back on the horse and took a wild card into the tournament in Portoroz, Slovenia this week).

Elina Svitolina (UKR): No. 64 =========> No. 128 (The little Svitolina-Monfils collab must be getting pretty close to hatching, right?)

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS): No. 107 =========> No. 175 (The 31-year-old won’t be back in 2022. But she drops a lot of points from last year’s US Open).

Christina McHale (USA): No. 253 =========> No. 319 (The last week of McHale’s career has her dropping out of the top 300, as she announced her retirement at the US Open).

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