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WTA Rankings Report – As of June 17, 2024

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First official week of the grass season in the books, and some players have made MOVES.

Notably, our favorite Cana-Kiwi, Erin Routliffe, is now the No. 2-ranked doubles player in the world after she and Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski – in her first tournament since Miami in March – survived the rain delays and won both their semifinal and final Sunday, to win in Nottingham.

Also moving up – Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu, who put in a show in ‘s-Hertogenbosch this week and whose hopefully imminent rise back up to the top of the rankings chart will make them more than tough bracket busters at the bigger events.

For the complete, updated WTA rankings for this week, click here.

Karolina Pliskova (CZE): No. 50 ===========> No. 42 (Pliskova is inside the top 50 again after her effort to get to the final in Nottingham. She is a danger on grass. And with the level she displayed this week no one is going to want to see her in the Wimbledon draw).

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Diane Parry (FRA): No. 64 ===========> No. 53 (Parry made the semis in Nottingham. She also made the final of the doubles with Harriet Dart).

Viktoriya Tomova (HUN): No. 69 ===========> No. 63 (Tomova reaches a new career high at 29, after making the final at the WTA 125 in Valencia).

Naomi Osaka (JPN): No. 125 ===========> No. 113 (Slowly but surely for Osaka, who got a tough draw in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in facing Andreescu, but moves up again. She gets a tough draw in No. 6 seed Zheng Qinwen in the first round of Berlin this week).

Dalma Galfi (HUN): No. 138 ===========> No. 120 (The 25-year-old Hungarian went on a run from the qualifying to the ‘s-Hertogenbosch semifinals, but ran out of gas against Bianca Andreescu).

Ann Li (USA): No. 172 ===========> No. 140 (Li, whose career high of No. 44 came in Jan. 2022, wins the WTA 125 in Valencia and makes a nice move towards getting back up there).

Rebecca Marino (CAN): No. 157 ===========> No. 144 (Marino qualified and won a round in Nottingham, losing to eventual champion Boulter. She’s at the $100K ITF in Ilkley this week, and then onto the Wimbledon qualifying).

Bianca Andreescu (CAN): No. 228 ===========> No. 163 (Andreescu cuts a third off her ranking with her run to the ‘s-Hertogenbosch final. She fell sort in the end against Liudmila Samsonova, but still a decent 24th birthday present. She is not playing this week).

Emma Raducanu (GBR): No. 209 ===========> No. 165 (Raducanu, as well, makes a move in the rankings by making the Nottingham semifinals. She’s not playing Birmingham this week).

Sara Saito (JPN): No. 210 ===========> No. 166 (This 17-year-old, who isn’t getting the same kind of play that some of the other teenagers on the rise are, wins the $100K ITF on clay in Biarritz to move to another career high).

Katherine Sebov (CAN): No. 238 ===========> No. 223 (A semifinal effort in Guimaraes puts Sebov back on the upwards track, rankings wise).

Aleksandra Krunic (SRB): No. 400 ===========> No. 318 (Krunic, 31, has been operating with a protected ranking just outside the top 100 for awhile now. But the former No. 39 needs to make a move in fairly quick order. Her run to the ‘s-Hertogenbosch quarterfinals is helpful; her loss this weekend in the first round of qualifying of Berlin, not so much).

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Wang Qiang (CHN): No. 529 ===========> No. 477 (The former No. 12, now 32, is REALLY low profile but has started to play some. After being out since Sept. 2022, she came back for one match in Thailand at the start of the season. But then disappeared again. She has now played five ITF tournaments since April and last week, She made the semifinals, and so gets back into the top 500. So far, though, she hasn’t left China).

Nina Stojanovic (SRB): No. 9999 ===========> No. 749 (The 27-year-old Serb, who played mixed doubles with Novak Djokovic at the Tokyo Olympics was ranked a career-best No. 81 the week the pandemic hit. After the Australian Open in 2022, she was out all the way through November with an arm injury. She played just one tournament. And almost exactly a year ago, after trying every non-invasive treatment possible she finally had arthroscopic hip surgery. Stomjanovic, still only 27, began her comeback at a $25K in Kursumlijska Banja, Serbia a few weeks ago. She made the quarters that week. had a week off, and played another one the second week of Roland Garros. And she won it, with the loss of just one set. Those points come on today – and she is the big rankings mover with a leap of (theoretically) over 9,000 spots).

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Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS): No. 16 ===========> No. 20 (The defending champion in ‘s-Hertogenbosch made the semifinals this year, losing to Liudmila Samsonova in a rain-delayed match Sunday. And so she drops points overall but still hangs on in the top 20).

Veronika Kudermetova (RUS): No. 34 ===========> No. 35 (Kudermetova’s ranking has been sinking all season, and a loss in the second round in ‘s-Hertogenbosch after making the final a year ago means she’s lucky only to stop one spot. The 27-year-old had to play qualifying (and made it) in Berlin this weekend. The first time she’s played qualies since Ostrava in 2020. She made it. but she’ll likely be unseeded at a major for the first time in quite awhile).

Harriet Dart (GBR): No. 92 ===========> No. 101 (Dart lost in the first round of Nottingham, after going from the qualies to the quarters last year. She has a quarterfinal in Birmingham coming up for expiration this week. As a consolation prize, she made the final of the doubles).

Alizé Cornet (FRA): No. 102 ===========> No. 126 (Cornet, who ended her long and successful career at Roland Garros and immediately jumped into the broadcast booth, will watch her ranking do this most weeks for another year, when it will disappear. She made the Nottingham semifinals a year ago. She could just remove her name altogther if it’s too painful).

Jodie Burrage (GBR): No. 104 ===========> No. 138 (Burrage, 25, drops points from making last year’s Nottingham final. The Brit, sadly, is out for the entire grass season. She also will drop points from Eastbourne in another two weeks. Burrage hasn’t played since losing in the first round of San Diego in late February; she felt something pop in her left wrist while hitting a backhand there and immediately underwent surgery – the fourth of her career. A few weeks ago, she fell and rolled her ankle while hopefully making her return at Roland Garros, and after scans got the bad news).

Viktória Hruncáková (SVK): No. 149 ===========> No. 192 (The Slovak loses in the first round of qualifying at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, and drops the points earned a year ago, when she made the semifinals – and beat Andreecu along the way. Her career high of No. 43 came in March, 2019).

Heather Watson (GBR): No. 158 ===========> No. 198 (Watson, a former No. 38, has always weathered these ranking storms in the past and may do so again. But at 32, she’s almost out of the top 200 after losing in the second round of Nottingham. A year ago, she went from the qualifying to the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Katie Boulter. She’ll try again in Birmingham).

Carol Zhao (CAN): No. 231 ===========> No. 260 (Zhao lost in the first round of qualifying in Nottingham, with points from a run from the qualifying to the second round in ‘s-Hertogenbosch a year ago dropping off).

Cana-Kiwi Erin Routliffe is at a career high No. 2 this week, as partner Gabriela Dabrowski also moves up a spot. They win Nottingham. Big milestone for Routliffe, a Montreal resident.

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