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WTA Rankings Report – As of July 17, 2023

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Wimbledon is Wimble-done.

And with it, a new entry into the top 10 with the addition of champion Marketa Vondrousova.

The unseeded Czech lefty blazed through the draw, and beat Ons Jabeur in the final.

It was the second straight Wimbledon final for Jabeur, who had the weight of the world on her shoulders even as it all seemed to be gravy for Vondrousova, who had never even won back-to-back matches on grass in her life before this last fortnight.

Notable on this updated listing is that Anett Kontaveit wasn’t kidding around about retirement. Instead of watching her name go down the ranks (she actually gained five spots this week, in theory), she had it removed.

As well, Wimbledon champions Barbora Strycova and Hsieh Su-Wei rocketed up to No. 7 in the race for the year-end finals. It was unclear how much Strycova was planning to play in her “come back and say farewell on my own terms” tour. But if they can make the final …

Aryna Sabalenka could have been the new No. 1, had she won. But with her semifinal, she gains about 450 points on Iga Swiatek and is now less than 500 points behind.

There were also some second-week events, as well as the points from smaller tournaments for the week before and the two weeks during Wimbledon that are added on. So a lot of moves.

Many of the moves downward were because others close by did better at Wimbledon. Others came from not defending points earned at smaller tournaments a year ago.

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

ON THE UPSWING

Petra Kvitova (CZE): No. 9 =======> No. 8 (Kvitova, the two-time Wimbledon champ, came up with a bit of a stinker in the fourth round against Jabeur. But she still moves up a spot; Kvitova hasn’t been at No. 8 since Feb. 2021).

Marketa Vondrousova (CZE): No. 42 =======> No. 10 (With no points to defend, as she was out six months from April to October 2022, and a big 2,000 added, vaults Vondrousova to the top 10 with her unexpected Wimbledon title. Her previous high had been No. 14, just before Wimbledon four years ago and a few weeks after she reached the Roland Garros final. That was two wrist surgeries ago; an impressive return. Assuming she can catch her breath, she can make big moves with the Montreal, Cincinnati and US Open coming up).

Madison Keys (USA): No. 18 =======> No. 16 (Perhaps she might have gone further, given she was on such a grass-court roll. Still, Keys’s quarterfinal effort moves her up two spots; she was at No. 25 before winning Eastbourne the week before the big one).

Elina Svitolina (UKR): No. 76 =======> No. 27 (Barely three months after her return from maternity leave, Svitolina is already back in the top 30 after inspirational runs at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon, where she made the semifinals. With the hard-court season coming, and nothing to defend, she can only go up more).

Bianca Andreescu (CAN): No. 50 =======> No. 44 (Andreescu’s third-round effort moves her up six spots. She has a wild card in Montreal but that new ranking would have put her into the main draw without needing one, freeing up a wild card for a countrywoman. As it stands, she’s five out with her previous ranking. She is scheduled to play D.C. in two weeks, but the way it stands would have to get through qualifying).

Lesia Tsurenko (UKR): No. 60 =======> No. 46 (The former world No. 23 is back into the top 50 at age 34, after her run to the fourth round at Wimbledon).

Arantxa Rus (NED): No. 86 =======> No. 62 (The 32-year-old lefty lost in the second round of Wimbledon qualifying. But she won a tournament in The Hague the first week of Wimbledon, and she won another ITF in Contrexeville the second week. Talk about making chicken soup out of chicken poop. She’s just one short of her career high).

Mirra Andreeva (RUS): No. 102 =======> No. 66 (The 16-year-old won’t have to worry about qualifying for any more majors, with her big leap from the qualifying to the fourth round at Wimbledon).

Katie Boulter (GBR): No. 89 =======> No. 73 (At the end of a good grass-court campaign, Boulter is at a career high after making the third round at Wimbledon).

Anett Kontaveit (EST): No. 81 =======> No. 75 (The last ranking of Kontaveit’s active career, as she closed out her tennis life prematurely because of chronic back issues with a second-round effort at Wimbledon).

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Leylah Fernandez (CAN): No. 95 =======> No. 84 (84 looks a lot better than 95, but still far from where the 20-year-old Canadian should be. She had a tough, tough loss to Caroline Garcia in the second round at Wimbledon, showing some very good tennis. And she didn’t make a run in women’s or mixed doubles, either).

Sofia Kenin (USA): No. 128 =======> No. 91 (It has taken a year and a half for Sofia Kenin, a former world No. 4 and Grand Slam champion, to finally claw her way back to the top 100. She did it by qualifying and making the third round at Wimbledon, which included a win over Coco Gauff. Kenin, who was out for the rest of the season after Wimbledon in 2021 and between March and August in 2022, was at No. 426 a year ago, and at No. 280 just before the Australian Open in January).

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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS): No. 119 =======> No. 96 (Pavlyuchenkova, 32, wasn’t able to play Wimbledon because she had used up her allotted protected ranking slots. So she went on the ITF circuit in France, making the quarters in Montpellier and the Contrexeville final Sunday. Getting to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros was the big boost. It has taken her a year to get back into the top 100, from a low of No. 844 after she returned from a long injury break back in January).

Tamara Korpatsch (GER): No. 122 =======> No. 99 (Korpatsch lost in the final round of Wimbledon qualifying, got in as a lucky loser, should have lost to Canadian Carol Zhao in the first round but didn’t. Add her first-round loss at Contrexeville last week and that’s a gain of 22 spots in the rankings).

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Natalija Stevanovic (SRB): No. 225 =======> No. 145 (The 28-year-old qualified and made a run to the third round at Wimbledon, beating Karolina Pliskova in the first round. She’s at a career high).

Kaja Juvan (SLO): No. 244 =======> No. 169 (The former No. 58, still just 22, qualified and made the second round at Wimbledon, which was a huge help in jumping back into the top 200).

Wang Yafan (CHN): No. 232 =======> No. 182 (The former top-50 player, now 29, won an $60K ITF in Hong Kong the first week of Wimbledon and is back into the top 200. To give you an idea of her rise, she was at No. 696 in early March. Since returning in early March she has played a few $60Ks and a lot of $25Ks; she won three straight of those through early June and with the title in Hong Kong, is on a 20-match win streak and is 39-7 overall).

Stacey Fung (CAN): No. 230 =======> No. 225 (Another move up to another career high for the 26-year-old Canadian, who made the quarters of the ITF in Saskatoon and seems in good shape to finally play qualifying at a major at the US Open. She’s in Granby this week, in the main draw, with another opportunity to move up some more).

Fiona Ferro (FRA): No. 301 =======> No. 256 (Another milestone for the former No. 39, as she gets into the top 300 with a second round at the Montpellier ITF and a semifinal in Contrexeville. The 26-year-old took some time away as she took a former coach to court for alleged sexual assault. It’s been a long road back).

Victoria Mboko (CAN): No. 477 =======> No. 331 (The 16-year-old, who went off the grid for awhile, has come back strongly and won the $60K ITF Saskatoon ITF. She had won it last year, but it was only a $25K then. That’s a leap of nearlyn 150 spots in a week, and it’s a new career high. Mboko now much dash across the country to Granby for an even higher-level event).

Barbora Strycova (CZE): No. 623 =======> No. 423 (Strycova is operating on a protected ranking after a long maternity leave. But her first-round win at Wimbledon was worth nearly 200 spots in the rankings. Better yet – she’s in Sunday’s women’s doubles final with Hsieh Su-Wei).

Hsieh and Strycova

Venus Williams (USA): No. 558 =======> No. 521 (Williams lost in the first round at Wimbledon, but those 10 points will move her up 36 spots. She has a wild card into Montreal next month).

Vera Zvonareva (RUS): No. 797 =======> No. 655 (Zvonareva, 38, is working on a protected ranking of No. 103. She moves up 141 spots with a win in the first round of Wimbledon qualifying, but is doing much better in doubles with Laura Siegemund).

Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE): No. 961 =======> No. 672 (Two wins in qualifying at Wimbledon are worth nearly 300 spots in the rankings for the 37-year-old, who just returned to the Tour this spring. She’s in the Wimbledon doubles final Sunday).

ON THE DOWNSWING

Karolina Pliskova (CZE): No. 19 =======> No. 23 (Pliskova is out of the top 20 after a shock first-round loss at Wimbledon).

Petra Martic (CRO): No. 29 =======> No. 36 (Martic made the third round at Wimbledon, but ends up a net-minus 150 points because she won a WTA 250 in Lausanne on clay right after Wimbledon a year ago, and is out of the top 30. It could have been worse; she didn’t have to defend the R16 points she would have earned at last year’s Wimbledon).

Petra Martic

Bernarda Pera (USA): No. 27 =======> No. 39 (Pera lost in the first round of Wimbledon. And she also drops her points from going from the qualifying to the title at a WTA 250 in Budapest, right after Wimbledon last year. After having gone into Wimbledon at a career-high ranking, she drops and this week is defending another 280 opints from her title at a similar 250 in Hamburg, where she beat Anett Kontaveit in the final. If she doesn’t do something in Budapest this week, that might cost her another 20 spots).

Jasmine Paolini (ITA): No. 44 =======> No. 52 (Paolini’s previous ranking nabbed her the last spot in the Montreal main draw, just in time because she just dropped out of the top 50).

Linda Noskova (CZE): No. 45 =======> No. 61 (Noskova, still just 18, lost in the first round of Wimbledon and drops points from winning a 100K ITF in Germany a year ago, part of the occasional pain of transitioning to being a full-time WTA player).

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Martina Trevisan (ITA): No. 64 =======> No. 75 (Trevisan lost in the first round at Wimbledon, and drops 50 net points from her quarterfinal in Budapest a year ago).

Wang Xiyu (CHN): No. 65 =======> No. 77 (Same for the 22-year-old Wang, who drops points from a Budapest quarterfinal last year. She also has 122 points coming up for renewal during the Citi Open, where she qualified and made the semifinals a year ago.). She was at a career high No. 49 to start the 2023 season. It’s a 500, which will help – but she’ll have to qualify again).

Kateryna Baindl (UKR): No. 85 =======> No. 100 (The 29-year-old from Ukraine, née Kozlova, had gotten her ranking back into the top 100. But she lost in the first round of Wimbledon to Fernandez and then lost in the first round of the Bastad 125, dropping her points from qualifying and winning a round in Budapest a year ago. She has a run to defend from the qualifying to the semis in Warsaw coming up in a couple of weeks, too.

Olga Danilovic in Bastad

Olga Danilovic (SRB): No. 94 =======> No. 104 (Danilovic, 22, had been at a career high, but she lost in the first round of Wimbledon qualifying after barely missing the cut. Then she won the Bastad 125 last week – and lost 10 spots in the rankings because a year ago, she made the final of the Lausanne 250).

Ysaline Bonaventure (BEL): No. 91 =======> No. 109 (Bonaventure is out of the top 100 after losing in the first round of Wimbledon  and dropping points from a final at a $100K ITF in Germany a year ago).

Sara Errani (ITA): No. 79 =======> No. 112 (Errani also lost in the first round of Wimbledon, and in the quarters of Contrexeville. But paired with the loss of her points from last year’s Contrexeville event, she too drops out of the top 100).

Carol Zhao (CAN): No. 166 =======> No. 233 (The great news last week for Zhao was she qualified for her first Grand Slam main draw. And it turns out that first-round match against Korpatsch, which she had in her grasp but let get away, was costly. The bad news is that she lost the points from winning a $100K in Charleston during Wimbledon a year ago. Zhao also lost in the first round at the Contrexeville ITF in the second week this year. She’s in the WTA 125 in Romania this week before returning home for the hard courts).

Aleksandra Krunic (SRB): No. 212 =======> No. 334 (The good news is that she’s back after a long timeout with a knee injury. The bad news is she lost in the first round of Wimbledon qualifying, and in the second round of the Contrexeville tournament, and dropped 180 points from making the final of last year’s WTA event in Budapest).

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