The WTA season has been over for a couple of weeks.
But there are plenty of ITFs and WTA 125s to fill out the year, with a lot at stake for many of the players in addition to the lesser, but still nice prize-money packages.
And there are two weeks left for players who want to try to get at or near the top 100, to get straight into the Sustralian Open.
There are no changes in the top 50.
ON THE UPSWING
Danka Kovinic (MNE): No. 71 =======> No. 57 (Kovinic, who won the title at the WTA 125 in Buenos Aires last week, has has a good fall that included a semifinal the previous week in Chile, and semifinal at the WTA 250 in Parma at the end of September. It helped ease the pain of five consecutive first-round losses from her third-round effort in Roland Garros, through the US Open).
Tamara Korpatsch (GER): No. 89 =======> No. 82 (At 27, Korpatsch reaches a career high after making the final of a $80,000 ITF in Madrid last week. She’s playing an $80K in Valencia this week to try to add on).
Wang Xinyu (CHN): No. 99 =======> No. 87 (The 21-year-old moves off the Australian Open bubble with a title at the $60K ITF tournament in Tokyo last week. She also made the final a couple of weeks before, at a sinilar tournament in Nantes, France).
Ana Konjuh (CRO): No. 137 =======> No. 117 (It’s been another season in which Konjuh has to come back from injury. And she took a good step last week in Bratislava, winning a $60K ITF).
Aliona Bolsova (ESP): No. 193 =======> No. 140 (The former No. 88, who has dropped way down in the rankings, made a dent in that last week as she wins the $80K ITF in Madrid).
Mirra Andreeva (RUS): No. 405 =======> No. 300 (Still just 15, Andreeva is smack on No. 300 as she breaks through another level. She beat top seed and veteran Rebecca Peterson in the final of the $60K in Meitar, Israel this past weekend – a big deal for a kid that age).
Renata Jamrichova (SVK): No. 880 =======> No. 634 (Another 15-year-old moves up several centuries after making the semifinals of the $60K in Bratislava. A month before that, Jamrichova played her very first pro event – also at the $60K level, where she qualified and made the quarterfinals. This was her second. In between the two, she played two junior events – winning the first (a J2) and making the final of the second (a J1). That’s a 17-3 record in singles in the space of a little more than five weeks, through four tournaments. Which is – well, do we have to reiterate again how much tennis is too much for a 15-year-old girl? She played eight matches in doubles in that span as well. For the love of God…).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Diane Parry (FRA): No. 79 =======> No. 105 (It was a tough call for Parry, 20, who answered her country’s call in a BJK Cup qualifier a couple of weeks ago. She lost to countrywoman Chloe Paquet twice, in the first round both times, at ITFs in France before the BJK Cup tie. A year ago, she spend time in South America playing on the clay and went 12-3 in her last three tournaments. But she had to make a choice. It might make it tough for her to get straight into Melbourne).
Alycia Parks (USA): No. 119 =======> No. 150 (Parks made some noise earlier this fall when she defeated Karolina Pliskova and Maria Sakkari at the WTA tournament in Ostrava. But she has lost in the first round in her three tournaments since then. And she drops the points from a small ITF in Florida last fall, in which she made the final).
Victoria Kimenez Kasintseva (AND): No. 131 =======> No. 156 (Still just 17, the Andorran made the quarters of the WTA 125 in Buenos Aires last week. But that wasn’t enough to offset her semi at a similar event in Montevideo a year ago. That event is being held this week. And as the No. 9 seed, she ended up being dropped in the top slot in the draw to play Clara Burel, after No. 1 seed Danka Kovinic pulled out late following her efforts in Buenos Aires this past week. Jimenez Kasintseva has a tournament on her home soil in a week’s time, but that one is on hard courts.
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