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WTA Rankings Report – As of April 10, 2023

(Photo: Credit One Charleston Open)

The WTA 500 in Charleston had the same finalists as last year – but the roles were reversed, with Ons Jabeur winning over Belinda Bencic this time.

In Bogotá, which also had its weather issues, 35-year-old mother of two Tatjana Maria defended her title. She had only one previous career title, in 2018, before winning Bogotá back to back.

 

(For the complete, updated WTA Rankings, click here).

ON THE UPSWING

Ons Jabeur (TUN): No. 5 ========> No. 4 (Going one better this year in Charleston than she did a year ago allows Jabeur to get past Caroline Garcia and back into the No. 4 spot in the rankings).

Victoria Azarenka (BLR): No. 18 ========> No. 16 (Azarenka didn’t have a great run in Charleston., losing to unseeded Anna Kalinska in the third round after a first-round bye. But it was enough to move her up two spots over the idle Karolina Pliskova and Ekaterina Alexandrova, who didn’t match her 2022 effort).

Paula Badosa (ESP): No. 33 ========> No. 31 (It was only worth two spots in the rankings. But Badosa’s effort in Charleston was encouraging).

Bernarda Pera (USA): No. 38 ========> No. 33 (Pera, 28, is fairly low profile, But this is actually a career high for her, after making the third round in Charleston. She made the third round at the Australian Open and in Indian Wells as well).

Leylah Fernandez (CAN): No. 51 ========> No. 50 (Just one spot, but a symbolic one as Fernandez is back in the top 50. It’s bunch pretty tight in there, and she hopefully will have opportunities to make up more ground in the big tournaments to come, before having to defend a quarterfinal at Roland Garros in less than two months).

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Anna Kalinskaya (RUS): No. 70 ========> No. 62 (Kalinskaya had issues – a sore heel, some sort of illness – and didn’t make through her quarterfinal in Charleston. Still, that result moves her up eight spots).

Julia Grabher (AUT): No. 89 ========> No. 78 (The 26-year-old from Austria is somewhat of a late bloomer. But she reached a career high by making the third round in Charleston).

A final for 21-year-old Peyton Stearns, who bowed to Tatjana Maria in the Bogotz final (Photo: Copa Colsanitas)

Peyton Stearns (USA): No. 116 ========> No. 89 (The former collegiate player, who left shool early to turn pro, is showing what a good decision that was as she reaches the final in Bogota, and breaks into the top 100 for the first at a career high).

Sofia Kenin (USA): No. 142 ========> No. 134 (Still a very slow return to the top of the game from Kenin, who lost in the second round in Charleston. On the plus side, she has no points to defend until August as she didn’t play in 2022.  Kenin did get the call from the US BJK Cup team to play next week in Delray Beach, not too far from home, as she replaces Madison Keys).

Katherine Sebov (CAN): No. 148 ========> No. 136 (Another career high for the 24-year-old Canadian, who qualified in Charleston. She also got a callup to the Canadian BJK Cup team in replacement of the injured Bianca Andreescu, even though she might not see any action).

Sabine Lisicki (GER): No. 305 ========> No. 281 (It’s hard to know how the 33-year-old former No. 12’s comeback as going, as she has mostly relied on goodwill wild cards. It was just her third tournament of the year, after a $40K in Mexico and a $60 in Orlando in February, where she went from the qualifying to the semis. But she did qualify in Charleston, winning matches against players ranking outside No. 180 and then losing to Caroline Dolehide, ranked just inside No. 180, in the first round of the main draw)

Bouchard and Lisicki on the doubles court at Wimbledon in 2016, in better times).

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN): No. 327 ========> No. 292 (Bouchard gets her ranking back in the top 300 for the first time since X by winning a match in Bogota. She’s not entered in any other tournaments that we could see until the qualifying in Madrid at the end of the month).

Francesca Jones (GBR): No. 817 ========> No. 386 (Jones, who was out for a full year from Australian Open 2022 to Australian Open 23, cut her actual ranking more than in half with one performance in Bogota, reaching the semifinals. Her career high of No. 149 came right at the start of the injury timeout).

ON THE DOWNSWING

Anhelina Kalinina (UKR): No. 30 ========> No. 35 (Kalinina made the quarterfinals at Charleston a year ago. This year, she lost to Anna Kalinskaya in the first round)

Amanda Anisimova (USA): No. 35 ========> No. 47 (It’s fairly clear Anisimova is dealing with some … things this year. She retired in Miami down 7-6, 5-2 to Madison Brengle  and didn’t play Charleston at all, where she was a semifinalist a year ago. She hasn’t won back-to-back main draw matches since last August).

Tatjana Maria (GER): No. 66 ========> No. 71 (Tough row to hoe for Maria, who did defend her Bogota title on Sunday – but drops five spots in the rankings).

Camila Osorio (COL): No. 100 ========> No. 115 (Osorio is nursing an injury, so she couldn’t play the only WTA tournament in her home country of Colombia, one where she’s had good success and reached the semis a year ago. This drop might mean the qualifying in Paris for her).

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(Volvo Car Open/Chris Smith)

Laura Pigossi (BRA): No. 101 ========> No. 124 (Pigossi, 28, is another who may end up in the RG qualifying after failing to backup last year’s result in Colombia. A year ago, she went from the qualifying to the final. This year, straight into the main draw, she lost in the quarterfinals).

Coco Vandeweghe (USA): No. 125 ========> No. 161 (The 31-year-old lost in the first round of Charleston qualifying to Elvina Kalieva, after qualifying and making the quarterfinals a year ago. She lost in the first round of qualies at Indian Wells and Miami as well, so not a great stretch for her).

Fiona Ferro (FRA): No. 434 ========> No. 493 (Making her way back from a long break (since last year’s US Open) to deal with a sexual abuse lawsuit against a former coach, Ferro drops points from a quarterfinal at an ITF in Portugal a year ago and is down almost to No. 500 in the rankings. She’s made her return in 2023 mostly at the ITF $25K level, and having to qualify a fair bit as well).

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