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WTA Tour Rankings Report – As of Oct. 3, 2022

(Photo: Tallinn Open)

Only two of the top 10 were in action last week – Anett Kontaveit at home in Estonia, and Maria Sakkari in Parma.

Both make the final, but ended up as runners-up.

Still, there are a few changes in the top 10 because of points not defended.

 

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

ON THE UPSWING

Anett Kontaveit (EST): No. 4 ========> No. 3 (Kontaveit slips past Paula Badosa with her finals effort in Tallinn. But she has a ton of points defend for the rest of this season).

Barbora Krejčíková (CZE): No. 27 ========> No. 23 (It’s been a down year for the Czech, after reaching a career high of No. 2 back in February …. But the win in Tallinn helps her get back to where she should be).

Bernarda Pera (USA): No. 45 ========> No. 43 (Pera, 27, is at a career high despite losing in the first round in Tallinn. But she qualifies in Ostrava, although she has to face Ppetra Kvitova in the first round)

Ana Bogdan (ROU): No. 53 ========> No. 46 (Another career high, and a first trip to the top 50 at age 29, after the Romanian makes the Parma semis).Madison Brengle (ROU): No. 51 ========> No. 48 (At 32, Brengle always seems to just keep in keepin’ on. She jumps back into the top 50 after winning the ITF $60K in Templeton, Calif.)

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Mayar Sherif (EGY): No. 74 ========> No. 49 (Sherif had injury problems mid-season. But with her first career title in Parma, she moves back into the top 50. She is now just shy of the $1 million mark in career earnings – nearly half of it earned in 2022).

(Photo: Parma Ladies Open/Daniele Combi SportPhotography.it)

Danka Kovinić (MNE): No. 78 ========> No. 66 (A brief trip to a WTA-level clay event worked out for Kovinic, who made the Parma semifinals and moves up 12 spots).

Donna Vekić (CRO): No. 85 ========> No. 75 (It’s a long way from her stint in the top 20 at the end of 2019, but a quarterfinal in Tallinn is worth 10 spots in the rankings).

Lauren Davis (USA): No. 99 ========> No. 84 (Davis’s effort to reach the Parma quarterfinals gets her out of the Australian Open danger zone).

Julia Grabher (AUT): No. 102 ========> No. 85 (At 26, Grabher reaches a career high after winning the ITF in San Sebastian last week. It still doesn’t get her a pic or an age on her WTA page, though).

Brenda Fruhvirtová (CZE): No. 166 ========> No. 150 (The 15-year-old jumps into the top 150 with more winning. She moves up from the $25Ks she’s been dominating this year to reach the quarterfinals at the $60K ITF in San Sebastian).

Karolína Muchová (CZE): No. 224 ========> No. 189 (The talented Muchova has been played on a protected ranking of No. 22. But the comeback has been fairly slow. She took a wild card in Tallinn to the quarterfinals, and moves back into the top 200).

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Robin Montgomery (USA): No. 359 ========> No. 297 (The 18-year-old American moves into the top 300 and a career high after qualifying and going all the way to the final at the $60K ITF in Templeton, Calif.)

Kateryna Volodko (UKR): No. 438 ========> No. 369 (The name might not be familiar, but the player is. Formerly known as Kateryna Bondarenko, the 36-year-old qualified for the singles in Templeton and went all the way to the semifinals).

ON THE DOWNSWING

Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP): No. 12 ========> No. 13 (Muguruza drops nearly 500 points from last year’s title at the post-US Open 250 tournament in Chicago (which included walkover wins over Azarenka and Vondrousova), and drops to No. 13. Notably, she also has all those WTA Finals championship points coming up for renewal, and she won’t make the final eight).

Elena Rybakina (KAZ): No. 25 ========> No. 26 (Rybakina is still nowhere near where she should be, because of the 2000 points she didn’t get for winning Wimbledon – she’d be No. 5. But she drops a spot as the points from her semifinal in Chicago last fall (where she retired against Ons Jabeur) fall off).

Van Uytvanck won in Kazakhstan last year, but couldn’t defend her points. (Photo: Astana Open)

Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL): No. 40 ========> No. 52 (Van Uytvanck called it a season after losing in the second round of the US Open – and defeating Venus Williams in the first round – because of back problems. So she couldn’t defend last year’s title in Kazakstan, and so she drops out of the top 50).

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Jaqueline Cristian (ROU): No. 68 ========> No. 82 (Cristian lost a lot of time with a knee injury. But she’s back, although her first-round loss in Tallinn means a drop in the rankings as the points from a semifinal effort in Kazakhstan last year drop off. She was a big hit with her red cape at the Transylvania Open a year ago, and that’s coming up next week).

Marketa Vondrousova (CZE): No. 64 ========> No. 89 (As the Czech’s absence lengthens, so does her ranking drop).

(Photo: Astana Open)

Aleksandra Krunić (SRB): No. 82 ========> No. 99 (After working SO hard to get back into the top 100, Krunic loses in the first round of Tallinn qualifying and – far worse – does in her ACL in the process. She’ll be out awhile).

Elina Svitolina (UKR): No. 126 ========> No. 161 (Svitolina, getting ready to hatch her firstborn, drops points from Chicago last year. But she probably doesn’t care much).

Mihaela Buzărnescu (ROU): No. 245 ========> No. 395 (Buzarnescu has been out of action since she retired in the first round of a WTA 125 in Romania the first week of August, and drops points earned last year when she won a $80K ITF in France. Per her social media, she’s back. So hopefully she cam make a run in Cluj).

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