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WTA Rankings Report – As of April 1, 2024

MIAMI, Fla. – The Sunshine Double is done.

No fooling.

And the WTA rankings look a fair bit different now, compared to where they were before this month-long swing began.

Notoriously among the changes is Danielle Collins. The American – if you haven’t heard, THIS IS HER FINAL SEASON AND NO, SHE WON’T BE CHANGING HER MIND – wins Miami. It’s the biggest title of her career.

And, as an unseeded player with all of the big guns in the draw, a most unexpected one.

She moves into the top 25 and also leaps into contention for the year-end finals.

 

For the complete, updated WTA Tour rankings for April Fool’s Day, click here.

Maria Sakkari (GRE): No. 9 ==========> No. 7 (Ranked No. 9 when the Sunshine Swing began, she didn’t move up by making the Indian Wells final because she was defending semifinal points. But making the Miami quarterfinals, after losing her opener a year ago, she moves up two. She lost a tough one to Elena Rbakina. It’s the highest she’s been since last October. And no rest for the wicked as she’s playing Charleston this week).

Danielle Collins (USA): No. 53 ==========> No. 22 (At 30, Collins wins the biggest title of her career. And other than the very first set of the seven matches she played in Miami, she didn’t even drop a set. Not even to Elena Rybakina in the final. The result puts Collins back in the top 25, where she belongs. And very much within reach of both the top 20, and an Olympic spot. She’s still entered in Charleston  – without a first-round bye, too. But you’d think she’ll take a pass).

Caroline Garcia (FRA): No. 27 ==========> No. 23 (She’s less thn 150 points from getting back into the top 20 after making the quarters in Miami. It almost feels like a net 200 points added isn’t indicative of the terrific tournament she had, which included beating Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff back to back).

Victoria Azarenka (BLR): No. 32 ==========> No. 26 (A surprise semifinalist in Miami, Azarenka gave Rybakina everything she could handle before bowing out).

Yulia Putintseva (KAZ): No. 68 ==========> No. 52 (The Kazakh’s quarterfinal effort in Miami brings her to within whiskers of getting back into the top 50).

Nadia Podoroska (ARG): No. 78 ==========> No. 67 (The 27-year-old Argentine went from qualifying in Miami, to losing in the second round, to winning the San Luis Potosi WTA 125 during the second week).

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Varvara Gracheva (FRA): No. 83 ==========> No. 100 (The drop continues for Gracheva, who lost her first-round match in Miami – her sixth loss in a row. She was defending a run from the qualifying to the fourth round, just as she was at Indian Wells. Gracheva was at a career high of No. 39 in January. She did qualify in Charleston, so that’s better news).

Jéssica Bouzas Maneiro (ESP): No. 127 ==========> No. 104 (At 21, Bouzas is at a career high and less than 10 points from her top-100 debut after winning the WTA 125 in Antalya, Turkey. She lost in the first round of qualifying in Miami and then headed right over there on clay).

Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU): No. 126 ==========> No. 115 (Begu, now 33, had been MIA since last year’s US Open, but she reached the final of the WTA 125 in Antalya and moved up 11).

Viktoria Hruncakova (SVK): No. 175 ==========> No. 145 (Hrunkacova, whose career high of No. 43 came five years ago, has three tournaments added to her ranking this week: she won a $25K ITF in Solarino, lost in the second round of a bigger one in Slovenia, and won the third in Murska Sobota – a $50K).

Naomi Osaka (JPN): No. 229 ==========> No. 192 (Osaka’s ‘real’ ranking is into the top 200 after she made the third round in Miami).

Marina Stakusic (CAN): No. 217 ==========> No. 206 (Stakusic beat Rebecca Marino in San Luis Potosi but lost in the second round. But she did qualify at the WTA 250 in Bogota, where she’ll play Osorio in the first round of the main draw).

Francesca Jones (GBR): No. 270 ==========> No. 214 (Nice leap for the 23-year-old Brit, who reached the San Luis Potosi final).

Malene Helgo (NOR): No. 444 ==========> No. 388 (Helgo, 24, impressed during United Cup as she teamed with Casper Ruud for Norway. But even if you’re good, it’s tough down in the lower regions of the rankings. She won back-to-back ITFs in Sharm el Sheikh, and it still only brought her just into the top 400).

Aleksandra Krunic (SRB): No. 626 ==========> No. 530 (The former No. 39 returned from injury and has been using a protected ranking just outside the top 100. Just by winning two matches in qualifying at Miami, which is a WTA 1000, she moves up nearly 100 spots).

Barbora Krejcikova (CZE): No. 21 ==========> No. 25 (Where is Barbora Krejcikova? She missed Indian Wells. She missed Miami. And she’s out of Charleston because of “illness”)

It seems fairly serious. She updated this on the weekend.

Sorana Cirstea (ROU): No. 24 ==========> No. 29 (Cirstea made the fourth round in Miami. But given she made the semifinals a year ago, it wasn’t enough to avoid taking a bit of a dip in the rankings).

Anastasia Potapova (RUS): No. 29 ==========> No. 35 (It wasn’t the best swing for Potapova, who drops out of the top 30 after losing her opening match in Miami to Danielle Collins. This we now know, was definitely not a bad loss! She was defending a quarterfinal there. She’s defending a semifinal in Stuttgart in a few weeks).

Petra Kvitova (CZE): No. 23 ==========> No. 60 (Kvitova, who is nesting at home as she awaits her first child, was a shock winner in Miami a year ago, over Rybakina in the final. So those points drop off. Not that this likely concerns her too much at the moment).

Martina Trevisan (ITA): No. 61 ==========> No. 81 (Trevisan lost her opener in Miami to Storm Hunter – retiring down 3-6, 0-3. And with that she drops the points she earned a year ago from making the quaterfinals with a first-bye and a tremendous draw …. and 20 spots in the rankings).

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Sara Errani (ITA): No. 97 ==========> No. 117 (Errani lost in the first round of Miami qualifying, dropping points from making the final of the San Luis WTA 125 a. year ago. On the plus side, she and Jasmine Paolini made the semis of the Miami doubles, and her ranking jumped from No. 63 to No. 41).

Katherine Sebov (CAN): No. 178 ==========> No. 209 (Sebov was out with a wrist injury from the final round of the Australian Open qualifying until this past weekend, when she finally returned – but lost in the first round of qualifying in Charleston. She drops points from qualifying and winning a round in Miami a year ago. And next week she’ll drop points from qualifying and winning a round in Charleston).

Bianca Andreescu (CAN): No. 158 ==========> No. 219 (Andreescu, when she returns, will be able to used a protected ranking at No. 64. But her real ranking tumbles out of the top 200 as her points from last year’s Miami Open drop off).

Mirjam Bjorklund (SWE): No. 205 ==========> No. 255 (Bjorklund, who is Denis Shapovalov’s intended, was out for several months after having a non-cancerous cyst removed. She should be back on court imminently, and was in Miami with Shapovalov)

Two Canadians (one representing New Zealand) in the top five in doubles is a great thing.

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