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WTA Rankings Report – As of Oct. 2, 2023

Unlike the ATP, the WTA is basically on its regular schedule.

So this Monday’s updated rankings report include the results at the WTA 250 in Ningbo, and the WTA 500 in Tokyo.

There are no changes in the top 10, although that could change after this week’s WTA 1000 in Beijing.

On the doubles side, Ningbo champions Zvonareva and SIegemund slipped past US Open champions Dabrowski and Routliffe in the race to Cancun, after the Cana-Kiwi-Canadian team were shocked in the first round in Tokyo.

For the complete WTA rankings update for Monday, click here.

ON THE UPSWING

Veronika Kudermetova (RUS): No. 19 =========> No. 16 (Kudermetova had a terrible summer, and was a top-20 player ripe for the upset nearly every time she played. Then, she hits Tokyo and … wins the tournament, beating Jessica Pegula in the final. She has a performance bye into the second round in Beijing).

Danielle Collins (USA): No. 35 =========> No. 32 (Collins was idle last week. But she still moves up three spots).

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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS): No. 86 =========> No. 62 (Pavlyuchenkova was pretty quiet over the summer. But she returned in Tokyo and made the semis).

Diana Shnaider (RUS): No. 85 =========> No. 63 (A career high for the 19-year-old, who reaches her first career WTA Final in Ningbo).

Nadia Podoroska (ARG): No. 87 =========> No. 76 (It’s been a long road back from an injury break for the 26-year-old Argentine, but she’s getting there and a semifinal in Ningbo helped her make another leap).

Taylor Townsend (USA): No. 89 =========> No. 77 (Townsend isn’t in Asia, choosing to play a $60K ITF in California instead, as the top seed after the withdrawal of Caroline Dolehide in the wake of her surprise run to the WTA 1000 Guadalajara final. It paid off as she won the tournament).

Katerina Siniakova (CZE): No. 90 =========> No. 84 (Siniakova missed some with wrist issues, but she had a good week in Ningbo, making the quarterfinals. Her roll stopped in Beijing, though, as she lost in the first round over the weekend).

Linda Fruhvirtova (CZE): No. 117 =========> No. 98 (Fruhvirtova, who is still only 18, had a horrible losing streak this summer. But she had a stroke of luck … and she ran that all the way to the Ningbo semis).

Mai Hontama (JPN): No. 148 =========> No. 123 (Hontama, 24, qualified and won a round in Tokyo, which moved her up to a career best).

Misaki Doi (JPN): No. 331 =========> No. 258 (In her final tournament, the 32-year-old gets a break in an unusual qualifying scenario, and won a round before losing to Maria Sakkari and calling it a career).

Vera Zvonareva (RUS): No. 526 =========> No. 397 (With a wild card last week – and another this week in Beijing – the 39-year-old posted some victories and moved her real ranking back into the top 400 after spending a long, long time working a protected ranking of No. 103. She and Laura Siegemund also won the doubles in Ningbo).

ON THE DOWNSWING

Mayar Sherif (EGY): No. 34 =========> No. 50 (A tough drop for the Egyption, who was idle last week and was defending a WTA Tour title on clay in Parma, in which she defeated Maria Sakkari in the final. … She is playing both singles and doubles in Beijing).

Ana Bogdan (ROU): No. 61 =========> No. 71 (Also idle this week, Bogdan was a semifinalist at that tournament last year in Parma).

Julia Grabher (AUT): No. 74 =========> No. 91 (Grabher won a $60K tournament in clay in Spain a year ago, but didn’t play last week and so didn’t defend any of the points).

Danka Kovinic (MNE): No. 94 =========> No. 111 (Kovinic was a semifinalist a year ago in Parma. She also has plenty of WTA125 points to defend before the end of the season).

Ysaline Bonaventure (BEL): No. 111 =========> No. 129 (Bonaventure, who hasn’t played since losing in the first round at Wimbledon in early July, has a TON of points to defend the rest of this season. The first drop was a run from the qualifying to the quarters at the (now nonexistent) WTA event in Tallinn, Estonia a year ago. She has more points to defend from the Club-Napoca event, and from finals at a $60K and a $80K ITF before the end of this month).

Madison Brengle (USA): No. 115 =========> No. 130 (Brengle retired in the quarterfinals of a $60K ITF in California a week ago, which helped Canadian Marina Stakusic get the trophy at the end of the week. She didn’t play last week, even though she was defending the title at another ITF in Templeton. So those points drop. She has another title at a $60K in Macon, Georgia coming up for renewal in a couple of weeks).

Kaia Kanepi (EST): No. 134 =========> No. 171 (Kanepi hasn’t played since losing to Zheng Qinwen in the second round of the US Open. She drops her semifinal points from that rare event played in her home country a year ago, in Tallinn).

Zhang Shuai (CHN): No. 187 =========> No. 200 (It’s crazy that tennis has finally returned to China after four years and that the doyenne of Chinese tennis, Zhang Shuai, isn’t there. But she’s watching her ranking slide every week, as she takes a break after a tough, tough few years).

THE CANADIANS

SINGLES RACE TO CANCUN

DOUBLES RACE TO CANCUN

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