The WTA season is done.
But the tennis continues on.
And with plenty of players keen to continue trying to amass ranking points and better their fate before the end of 2023, lots of action.
So it’s an abbreviated version of the usual comprehensive breakdown. But it means a lot to the players who have made the moves.
It’s just too bad that the BJK Cup competition no longer awards ranking points.
There are no changes in the top 30.
ON THE UPSWING
Emma Navarro (USA): No. 38 ========> No. 33 (Navarro took a little break, but has returned to play some smaller events in the U.S. – including this $100K in Charleston at the club owned by her father. She wins it and moves to a new career high. And she is looking good – however astonishing it is – to perhaps be seeded at the Australian Open. She has worked hard for it).
Panna Udvardy (HUN): No. 140 ========> No. 117 (Udvardy, whose career high is No. 76, moves up big after making the final at the Charleston ITF. She is in the Colina draw this week, and about 100 points from getting back into the top 100).
Brenda Fruhvirtova (CZE): No. 133 ========> No. 119 (Fruhvirtova, still only 16, wins an ITF in Heraklion this past week to slide into a career high. She, too, is about 100 points from making the top 100 and the AO main draw. But tht’s going to be a tough ask at the $40K level, she gets just 55 points for winning the tournament).
Arina Rodionova (AUS): No. 148 ========> No. 135 (Rodionova, 33, has been playing the Canadian circuit and adds points from winning a $25K in Edmonton, and making the QFs at the bigger event in Calgary last week).
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS): No. 184 ========> No. 172 (The “other” Makarova, who is 27, moves to a career high after making the Heraklion ITF final. She has slowly moved up; she began the season at No. 230 and began the 2022 season at No. 370. There’s actually a THIRD Ekaterina Makarova; this one sits at about her career high of No. 1,053 in doubles this week).
Stacey Fung (CAN): No. 257 ========> No. 230 (Fung makes the Calgary Challenger final, and moves to within five of her career high with a nice jump).
Sabine Lisicki (GER): No. 376 ========> No. 281 (A great feel-good story for the persevering 34-year-old German, whose career high of No. 12 came before a number of really tough injuries. She wins her first pro title since … 2014 at the Calgary ITF and moves up nearly 100 spots).
Isabelle Boulais (CAN): No. 762 ========> No. 704 (Boulais qualified in both Edmonton and Calgary, and made the second round in Edmonton to move to a new career high. She also is at a career high in doubles).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Mayar Sherif (EGY): No. 49 ========> No. 59 (Sherif drops points from winning the Colina WTA 125 last year, which was held a week earlier. But after being off the Tour for six weeks she’s back in Chile to defend her title this week)
Kateryna Baindl (UKR): No. 99 ========> No. 109 (Baindl was idle last week; she hasn’t played since losing in the first round of the WTA in Cluj-Napoca. But she was defending finals points in Colina, and semifinal points from Montevideo in a few weeks. In the process she might find herself bumped off the list to be straight into the Australian Open).
Robin Montgomery (USA): No. 187 ========> No. 226 (The 19-year-old’s ranking has bounced up and down a bit this year. Idle this week, she drops points from Winning the ITF $60K in Calgary a year ago, and drops out of the top 200. She had been planning to defend her title, but withdrew due to injury and hasn’t played since losing 6-1, 6-1 to Victoria Azarenka in the first round of Guadalajara).