April 19, 2024

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WTA Rankings Report – As of May 29, 2023

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ROLAND GARROS – It’s not nearly as dramatic as it is on the men’s side, as the players who made nice moves last week didn’t all exit in wholesale fashion from Roland Garros in its first blush.

Although there were a few.

And some of them still haven’t played their first-round matches.

There were no changes in the top 20.

But Elina Svitolina, on the strength of her inspirational title in Strasbourg, moves up over 300 spots in the rankings.

That’s how you do it.

(For your complete WTA rankings update, click here).

ON THE UPSWING

Martina Trevisan (ITA): No. 26 ======> No. 24 (A nice little bump. But Trevisan arrived in Paris with her right ankle tightly taped, even in practice. And she went out in a hurry to Elina Svitolina, on a high from her title in Strasbourg just Saturday. With semifinal points not defended, she’ll drop out of the top 60).

Sloane Stephens (USA): No. 35 ======> No. 30 (Stephens made the semis in Rabat – although she got double-baguetted by eventual champion Lucia Bronzetti. And got herself back in the top 30 although too late to get seeded at Roland Garros. She took care of a seemingly less-than-100 per cent Karolina Pliskova in the first round at Roland Garros).

Alycia Parks (USA): No. 49 ======> No. 44 (Parks moves up after a quarterfinal effort in Rabat – where she, too, lost to Bronzetti. But she went down in her opener in Paris to Marketa Vondrousova, 6-4, 6-0).

Leylah Fernandez (CAN): No. 51 ======> No. 49 (The Canadian slid back into the top 50 after winning a round in Rabat. And she came through a first round in Paris against No. 21 seed Magda Linette in Paris, despite some major yips on her service toss. But she has quarterfinal points to defend – about 40 per cent of her total. A lot of pressure. She gets qualifier Clara Tauson in the second round).

Lauren Davis (USA): No. 58 ======> No. 52 (Now 29 – hard to believe – the mighty mite just keeps on trucking, doing her thing).

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Anna Blinkova (USA): No. 66 ======> No. 56 (The 24-year-old Russian is just two spots from her career high of No. 54, reached just before the pandemic hit. But she makes a nice move with a run to the final in Strasbourg. And she trounced the solid Ysaline Bonaventure in the first round of Roland Garros, surrendering just two game. She gets No. 5 seed Caroline Garcia next).

Julia Grabher (AUT): No. 74 ======> No. 61 (The relatively anonymous 26-year-old German is at a career high after making the final in Rabat. She won her semi in a third-set tiebreak, and lost the final 7-5 in the third. She plays qualifier Arantxa Rus Tuesday in the first round in Paris).

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Lucia Bronzetti (ITA): No. 102 ======> No. 65 (The 24-year-old Italian (her age remains unknown on the WTA website) moves closer to her career high with her first career WTA title in Rabat. That’s great. But she drew Ons Jabeur in the first round in Paris).

Emma Navarro (USA): No. 82 ======> No. 75 (Another career high for the American, who got the USTA’s reciprocal wild card for Roland Garros, but won’t need another one for the foreseeable future).

Clara Burel (FRA): No. 122 ======> No. 96 (Burel, 22, moves back into the top 100 with a semifinal effort in Strasbourg. She still needed a wild card to get into Roland Garros, where she plays Sara Sorribesb Tormo, who is returning from injury and definitely could be taken).

Julia Riera (ARG): No. 195 ======> No. 150 (Who is Julia Riera? It feels like she came out of nowhere in Rabat this week, and, at 21, made the semifinals and (we think), is at a career high. Her ranking at the qualifying cutoff was No. 252, and so she couldn’t get into the RG qualies. This probably worked out a lot better for her).

Elina Svitolina (UKR): No. 508 ======> No. 192 (Svitolina, just a few tournaments into her comeback after a maternity break, slices a massive chunk off her actual ranking with her title in Strasbourg. She can play on a protected ranking for awhile (No. 27). And the WTA Tour helps out new moms by draw placement that ensures that they won’t face a seeded player in the first round. But she’s playing with a passion for her country during its time of war. And it’s a great story. She won easily Monday against the sub-par Trevisan to advance to the second round in Paris).

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS): No. 424 ======> No. 333 (Pavlyuchenkova has a protected ranking. But she helped her own cause with a quarterfinal in Strasbourg last week. She easily dispatched young Linda Fruhvirtova in the first round of Roland Garros Monday).

ON THE DOWNSWING

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN): No. 217 ======> No. 221 (Bouchard retired with a knee issue in her last tournament in Florence. And you’d think she’s reloading for the grass court season, always her favorite time of the year. She should squeeze into the Wimbledon qualifying with her improved ranking – if she’s healthy).

Angelique Kerber (GER): No. 306 ======> No. 314 (Kerber says she’s returning. Her ranking is still in there, she only has three tournaments will counted on there. Kerber will have a protected ranking though, if and when she comes back at age 35. She last played at Wimbledon last year, and has third-round points from last year’s Roland Garros that will drop off).

THE CANADIANS

THE ROAD TO SHENZHEN (Singles)

THE ROAD TO SHENZHEN (Doubles)

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