September 22, 2023

Open Court


WTA Rankings Report – As of June 26, 2023

The evergreen Petra Kvitova wins the Berlin 500, adding to her 1000 win in Miami in April and enjoying a sweet little renaissance this year.

And in Birmingham, the resilient Jelena Ostapenko comes back and wins the title — while finalist Barbora Krejcikova also brings home hardware by winning the doubles with Marta Kostyuk.

Meanwhile, Bianca Andreescu drops out of the top 50 and will be unseeded at Wimbledon.

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


Jessica Pegula (USA): No. 5 =======> No. 4 (Pegula skipped Berlin – or else she might well have moved up to tie her career high of No. 3 – but in the process she eased past Caroline Garcia into the No. 4 spot. She is playing Eastbourne this week).

Barbora Krejcikova (CZE): No. 12 =======> No. 10 (Krejcikova is back in the top 10 after getting to the Birmingham final. She also won the doubles with Marta Kostyuk).

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Donna Vekic (CRO): No. 23 =======> No. 20 (Vekic, whose career high ranking is No. 19, is just 21 points away from tying that after her effort to get to the Berlin final. She has to turn right around and play Monday in Eastbourne).

Zhu Lin (CHN): No. 39 =======> No. 33 (The 29-year-old from China gets back to her career high after making the Birmingham semifinal. She got through perennial opponent Rebecca Marino to do it. She also has a good shot at being seeded at Wimbledon).

Zhu and Marino teamed up in doubles at Roland Garros, an hommage of sorts to their multiple battles in singles over the last year or two).

Anna Blinkova (RUS): No. 44 =======> No. 39 (Another career high for the underrated Russian, after making the second round in Berlin and also winning her first-round match in Bad Homburg Sunday).

Marketa Vondrousova (CZE): No. 53 =======> No. 40 (Vondrousova’s road, as it did in Rome, went through Bianca Andreescu but it got her to the quarterfinals, with a nice bump in the rankings).

Linda Fruhvirtova (CZE): No. 57=======> No. 49 (A new career high for Fruhfirtova, who made the Birmingham quarterfinals. She’s been quiet this year, but still booking. Her fellow Czech 18-year-old Linda Noskova moved up to her career high of No. 45, and still sits just ahead).

Former Wimbledon semifinalist Maria knows how to play on grass.

Tatjana Maria (GER): No. 66 =======> No. 58 (The 35-year-old mom of two chose the WTA 125 in Gaiba last week, and made the final to move back inside the top 60. She gets Iga Swiatek in the first round of Bad Homburg).

Emma Navarro (USA): No. 68 =======> No. 60 (She’s a quiet one, but she’s still moving. Another career high after making the Ilkley ITF final. Navarro was ranked No. 149 at the start of the season).

Elina Avanesyan (RUS): No. 81 =======> No. 64 (Another leap and a career high for Avenasyan, who went from lucky loser to quarterfinalist in Berlin).

Rebecca Marino (CAN): No. 90 =======> No. 83 (Marino maximized her lucky loser luck in Birmingham, making it to the quarterfinals. But the turnaround to the qualifying in Eastbourne was too quick, and the draw a tough one, so she went out in the first round of qualifying and now awaits Wimbledon).

Ashlyn Krueger (USA): No. 143=======> No. 108 (A career high for the 19-year-old American as she wins the WTA 125 on grass in Gaiba. Next up for her is Wimbledon qualifying).

Mirjam Bjorklund (SWE): No. 175 =======> No. 135 (Denis Shapovalov’s better half had seen her ranking dropping of late. But she righted the ship by winning the ITF in Ilkley over the weekend.  For the last many years the winner of that ITF has won the last WC for the Wimbledon main draw. That doesn’t seem to be the case this year, which is just mean. Sebastian Ofner, who reached the Ilkley final on the men’s side – he lost to Jason Kubler, who was already in the Wimbledon main draw – did get a WC).

Robin Montgomery (USA): No. 162 =======> No. 147 (The young American lefty is at a career high and into the top 150 for the first time after making the Gaiba semifinal).

Jaimee Fourlis (AUS): No. 218 =======> No. 169 (A nice jump for the 23-year-old Aussie, who qualified and won a round in Berlin).

Sonay Kartal (GBR): No. 303 =======> No. 264 (The 21-year-old got a wild card into the main draw at Wimbledon. She she could take advantage of a wild card in Bad Homburg this week, where she’ll play Bianca Andreescu on Monday. Kartal made the Ilkley semifinals).

Venus Williams (USA): No. 697 =======> No. 554 (Winning a round at a WTA 250 is worth 143 spots when your ranking is way down where Williams’s is. But it won’t matter for the legend, who will be at Wimbledon).


Caroline Garcia (FRA): No. 4 =======> No. 5 (Garcia may not be a top-four seed at Wimbledon, even though she made the Berlin quarterfinals. She was defending champion’s points and so drops just below Pegula in the rankings. She did win the doubles with Luisa Stefani, in a first-time partnership that will continue at Wimbledon).

Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA): No. 10 =======> No. 13 (Haddad Maia drops out of the top 10 as her points from a semifinal in Eastbourne a year ago drop off. She didn’t play it, taking a slightly longer break after her major effort at Roland Garros).

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Simona Halep (ROU): No. 40 =======> No. 50 (Still very quiet lately on the Halep front, in terms of her legal proceedings with ITIA. She drops her Bad Homburg semifinal points from 2022 this week).

Bianca Andreescu (CAN): No. 35 =======> No. 51 (Andreescu is out of the top after losing her opener in Berlin, where she made the semifinals last year. She has British wild card Sonay Kartal in the first round in Bad Homburg).

Camila Giorgi (ITA): No. 48 =======> No. 67 (Big drop for Giorgi, who had a fairly eventfulloss to Venus Williams in the first round of Birmingham. She made the Eastbourne semifinals last year).

Alizé Cornet (FRA): No. 60 =======> No. 74 (Cornet semifinaled at Bad Homburg last year, but lost in the first round of Berlin this year. Hence the drop).

Katie Boulter (GBR): No. 77 =======> No. 88 (It’s tough out there. Boulter reached a career high, winning her first career WTA title at her home club in Nottingham. A week later, after losing in the first round of Birmingham, she drops 11 because of last year’s third-round effort at Birmingham).

Viktoriya Tomova (BUL): No. 80 =======> No. 99 (Tomova, 28, went from lucky loser to quarterfinalist at Eastbourne a year ago. But she lost in the first round of Birmingham as a lucky loser last week, and was already out of Bad Homburg by Sunday).

Jodie Burrage (GBR): No. 108 =======> No. 128 (Like her fellow Brit Boulter, who beat her in the Nottingham final, Burrage had points to defend last week but lost in the first round of Birmingham. She did get into Eastbourne as a lucky loser, so there’s light at the end of the tunnel).

Muguruza at Eastbourne last year.

Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP): No. 170 =======> No. 206 (Another player on break, Muguruza drops the points from a third round at Eastbourne last year).

Aleksandra Krunic (SRB): No. 192 =======> No. 211 (Krunic has been out since last October with a knee injury. But she’s planning to return this week in Wimbledon singles qualifying, and in doubles with Gabriela Dabrowski).

Sabine Lisicki (GER): No. 308 =======> No. 371 (Lisicki has gotten some wild cards in Germany the last few weeks. But she hasn’t been able to take good advantage of them. She was a surprise quarterfinalist a year ago in Bad Homburg, on a wild card and ranked No. 804).

Naomi Osaka (JPN): No. 429 =======> No. 433 (Osaka is hitting the tail end of her pregnancy, and still on the ranking charts although there’s not much left on there).

Hurricane Tyra Black (USA): No. 523 =======> No. 770 (Still only 22, Black’s pro career has been pretty star-crossed, although it appears she’s doing some pickleballing these days. She loses points from winning a $25K ITF in Santo Domingo a year ago).




Kvitova’s ranking doesn’t move this week – but she leaps up the charts on the race to Shenzhen.

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