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WTA Tour Rankings Report – As of Oct. 31, 2022

We’re down to the last main event on the WTA Tour this week, and so there may well be big changes at the top of the rankings with last year’s points falling off, and others making hay in Fort Worth.

But there are also still plenty of high-level ITFs, and WTA 125s, to be played before 2022 is done.

And those are opportunities for a lot of other players as well.

Part of the major movement this week comes from the fact that a PLETHORA of remaining points still on players’ records at a 50 per cent rate, from tournaments back in 2019, are finally falling off now. Here’s the list.

For the complete, updated WTA Tour rankings for Oct. 31, click here.

ON THE UPSWING

Marie Bouzkova (CZE): No. 28 =========> No. 26 (It was a hard turnaround for Bouzkova, from the heights of the late stages of the WTA 1000 in Guadalajara to the drop down to a WTA 125 in Tampico. But she did manage to win a round. And she moves up to another career high).

Katerina Siniakova (CZE): No. 49 =========> No. 47 (Another player who went from winning the doubles in Guadalajara, to squeezing in a singles tournament ahead of her participation in the WTA Tour Finals. But she gets to the quarters, and moves up two).

Siniakova in Guadalajara

Magda Linette (POL): No. 55 =========> No. 51 (Linette was heavily favoured in the Tampico final against Elisabetta Cocciaretto. But she fell in the end).

Zhu Lin (CHN): No. 62 =========> No. 58 (Zhu doesn’t get a lot of attention. But at 28, she’s playing the best tennis of her career and she’s at another career high after making the Tampico semifinals).

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Jasmine Paolini (ITA): No. 78 =========> No. 63 (Paolini stayed in Europe and won the high-level ITF at Les Franqueses Del Valles).

Elisabetta Cocciaretto (ITA): No. 79 =========> No. 64 (Paolini’s younger countrywoman, at 21, reaches a career high as she also moves up 15 spots – the ITF was worth 110 points, the WTA event 120).

Marino in San Diego

Rebecca Marino (CAN): No. 72 =========> No. 67 (A semifinal effort in Tampico moves Marino into the top 70. And with just the BJK Cup finals to go, caps off an impressive 2022 season).

Yuan Yue (CHN): No. 83 =========> No. 75 (Another low-profile Chinese player, Yuan reaches a career high after making the final of the ITF in Tyler, Texas. She’s playing in Midland this week).

Ysaline Bonaventure (BEL): No. 105 =========> No. 94 (At 28, Bonaventure is at a career high and into the top 100, after making the final at the ITF in Poitiers. That should secure a spot in in the main draw of the Australian Open, as she has no more points to defend in 2022).

Erika Andreeva (RUS): No. 129 =========> No. 118 (Watch out for this 18-year-old Russian, who made the semifinals at Franqueses and moves up to a career high).

Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva (AND): No. 150 =========> No. 124 (Still just 17, the Andorran also is at a career high after making the Franqueses quarters, and having the points from a title at a smaller event in Louie, Portugal a couple of weeks ago go on her record).

Townsend at Flushing Meadows

Taylor Townsend (USA): No. 186=========> No. 131 (Tay-Tay is on the move, after winning the ITF in Tyler, Texas and moving up … 55 spots in the rankings. She defeated Kaia Kanepi in the first round, and Nadia Podoroska in the quarterfinals and basically played her last three matches over the last 24 hours. With just two events, though, she’ll fall short in the race for the USTA reciprocal wild card).

Robin Anderson (USA): No. 180 =========> No. 149 (The veteran American wins the Tevlin Challenger in Toronto, and moves up more than 30 spots).

(Photo: Tennis Canada/Neena Cheenan)

Petra Marcinko (CRO): No. 283 =========> No. 196 (Just 16, the Croat leaps into the top 200 with a win at the ITF in Poitiers. That should get her straight into the AO qualifying, after playing the juniors there last year and winning the title).

Sofia Kenin (USA): No. 305 =========> No. 253 (Low key, Kenin dropped down to play the Tyler ITF – her first at the ITF level since 2018. But she didn’t win it; she lost in the semifinals to Yuan, 8-6 in the third-set tiebreak. She’s in Midland, Mich. this week at the WTA 125 to keep trying, and gets Maria Mateas in the first round).

Kenin in San Diego

ON THE DOWNSWING

Shelby Rogers (USA): No. 42 =========> No. 45 (Rogers drops three spots, after not playing since losing in the first round in Ostrava to eventual champion Barbora Krejcikova. It appears she drops the remaining 50% of points earned at the Macon ITF … back in 2019).

Marta Kostyuk (UKR): No. 65 =========> No. 72 (Kostyuk didn’t play last week, and drops points from her semifinal effort at the Transylvania Open a year ago).

Kostyuk in Guadalajara

Danka Kovinic (MNE): No. 68 =========> No. 79 (Idle last week, Kovinic drops the some reamining points from her win at a $100K ITF in Hungary back in 2019).

Maryna Zanevska (BEL): No. 64 =========> No. 81 (The Belgian didn’t play last week, and drops the points she earned from winning the WTA 125 in Rouen the previous week right away. A year ago, she had won the Franqueses Del Valles ITF in Spain).

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Misaki Doi (JPN): No. 116 =========> No. 150 (Doi, 31, lost in the first round in Franqueses and drops a lot of points from winning the Tyler, Texas ITF a year ago. Where she might have had a shot at MAYBE squeezing into the AO main draw, that’s off the table now).

Chloe Paquet (FRA): No. 113 =========> No. 159 (The Frenchwoman finds herself in a similar situation to Doi, dropping nearly 50 spots after losing in the second round in Poitiers, a tournament she won a year ago)

2021 WTA Finals Points already off

Last Sunday/Monday was a little too hectic with travel, so we couldn’t do a rankings update.

It was the day that least year’s WTA Finals points dropped off. Which obviously had an impact on a number of players – notably, Paula Badosa and Anett Kontaveit.

Iga Swiatek dropping 500 points was really a drop in the bucket, considering where she is.

Here’s what it looked like.

THE CANADIANS

THE ROAD TO THE AO MAIN DRAW

The top 104 ranked players (and that includes protected rankings, which moves that number up) will get straight into the Australian Open main draw in January.

And there are quite a few protected rankings these days. So you could draw that line at about No. 100; that means that these players are on the bubble with a few weeks left.

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