WTA season done. Billie Jean King Cup finals done.
But lots of WTA 125s and high-level ITFs for those who continue to play out the season (some players are competing in Interclubs in various European countries, too).
At stake, just as with the men, are spots in the Australian Open main draw.
At this point, with so many protected rankings, you probably have to be top 100 to make sure you get into the top 104 (even that might not do it; but it’s a decent bet).
There are no changes in the top 50. But Emma Navarro playing the last couple of weeks in the US got her to No. 32 in the rankings, a career high. There are 32 seeds in Melbourne. She has a shot.
ON THE UPSWING
Nadia Podoroska (ARG): No. 78 =========> No. 75 (Podoroska, who made a valiant comeback from injury back into the top 100 this year, plays the WTA 125 at home in Argentina and makes the semifinals).
Yuan Yue (CHN): No. 107 =========> No. 87 (The 25-year-old puts herself back into the top 100 and into the Australian Open main draw with a win at the $100K ITF in Takasaki, Japan).
Diane Parry (FRA): No. 104 =========> No. 91 (Parry is another who has done some good work just in time; she’s made the final of the Colina, Chile WTA 125 and is Melbourne bound).
Océane Dodin (FRA): No. 101 =========> No. 93 (A year ago, Dodin was playing ITF tournaments in Europe instead of going down to Australia to play qualifying. She went 18-1 through mid-February and just about got back to the top 100, But with her win at the $40K ITF in Luxembourg last week, she should be good to go this time around.
Elisabeth Mandlik (USA): No. 125 =========> No. 115 (Mandlik is another scurrying for year-end points. She makes a dent with a semifinal effort in Colina).
Harriet Dart (GBR): No. 140 =========> No. 120 (Dart defeated Canadian Carol Zhao in the first round, on the way to the Takasaki final. It gives her a nice bump to finish the season).
Sara Beljek (CZE): No. 194 =========> No. 134 (Still just 17, Beljek is finishing well as she wins the WTA 125 in Colina and moves to a career high).
Yuliia Starodubtseva (UKR): No. 159 =========> No. 152 (The 23-year-old Ukrainian came out of nowhere this year (even the WTA’s website hasn’t yet heard of her. After being off the women’s pro tennis results page for … four years and having played just three tournaments in nearly SIX years, she came into the year with no ranking at all after five seasons of college tennis at Old Dominion through the pandemic. But Starodubtseva moved up to another career high after making the Colina quarterfinals. Of her 21 events this year, it was only her second outside the U.S.).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Wang Xinyu (CHN): No. 32 =========> No. 36 (At a career high last week, Wang drops points from winning a $60K ITF In Japan a year ago and now is just on the outside looking in for a seed at the Australian Open).
Mirra Andreeva (RUS): No. 46 =========> No. 57 (Andreeva drops points from winning a $60K a year ago, and is playing interclubs in France this week. The official rankings have her inside the year-end top 50, so that might be good enough for some bonus clauses to kick in).
Bianca Andreescu (CAN): No. 91 =========> No. 94 (Andreescu hasn’t played since losing in the first round of the Canadiann event in Montreal, to Camila Giorgi. But with the upwards movement from Parry, Yuan and Dodin, she drops three more spots).
Danka Kovinic (MNE): No. 120 =========> No. 147 (Kovinic, who celebrated her 29th birthday Saturday, is done for the season, but drops points from making the final at the WTA 125 in Argentina a year ago).
Panna Udvardy (HUN): No. 117 =========> No. 153 (Udvardy, 25, was perhaps within striking distance of a main-draw spot in Australia coming in by ranking. But she was defending a WTA 125 title in Argentina last week. Her quarterfinal in Colina wasn’t nearly enough to make up for it).
Aliona Bolsova (ESP): No. 139 =========> No. 175 (Bolsova drops points from winning an ITF $80K in Madrid a year ago, which she’ll try to get back this week at an ITF in Valencia).
Ana Konjuh (CRO): No. 224 =========> No. 272 (Konjuh continues to be MIA since Wimbledon – even though she had played a pretty full season to that point. Her points from winning a $60K ITF in Bratislava a year ago drop. And she has a $25K title to defend this week, and a semifinal at a WTA 125 in Andorra the week after that. So the downward slide is real to close out 2023 exactly in the opposite way she closed out 2022).