September 20, 2020

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As will be the case every week this year, because of the special circumstances in the rankings that allow players to choose the best of their 2019 or 2020 results at tournaments that get played, the rankings will be a mixed bag.

The upshot is that there will be some forward jumps. But all of the drops in rankings will be due to the fact that others have added points, not because players have failed to defend them.

If you’re Jennifer Brady or Coco Gauff – or Leylah Fernandez or Genie Bouchard – there are opportunities.

Gauff both returned to the top 50 – and Brady breaks the top 40 – with their efforts at the Top Seed Open in Kentucky last week.

There are no changes in the top 20.

Elise Mertens (BEL): No. 23 =========> No. 22 (The Belgian drops the idle Angelique Kerber down a spot, after Mertens reached the Prague final).

Jennifer Brady: No. 49 =========> No. 40 (A career high for the 25-year-old American after her first career WTA Tour title. She’ll likely be seeded at the US Open, too).

Coco Gauff (USA): No. 53 =========> No. 50 (Gauff had a good week in Kentucky, and is back in the top 50).

Jil Teichmann (SUI): No. 63 =========> No. 54 (The 23-year-old from Switzerland reached the singles final in Nicholasville, and gets to a career high in singles. She also reached the doubles final).

Kristyna Pliskova (CZE): No. 69 =========> No. 64 (Her twin Karolina has yet to play, but the lefty Pliskova did well in Prague – and also won the doubles with Lucie Hradecka).

Venus Williams: No. 67 =========> No. 65 (The 40-year-old lost to sister Venus in Kentucky, but still made a little progress in the rankings).

Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU): No. 82 =========> No. 70 (An encouraging effort in Prague, as she reached the semifinals and lost to countrywoman and friend Simona Halep).

Shelby Rogers (USA): No. 116 =========> No. 95 (The 27-year-old American has had a loooooong road back from knee surgery. But a goal of getting back to the top 100 has been met. And she can now not worry about getting straight into the French Open next month).

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Leylah Fernandez (CAN): No. 120 =========> No. 111 (Another career high for the Canadian teenager, who qualified and defeated Sloane Stephens in the first round of the Top Seed Open).

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Cici Bellis (USA): No. 302 =========> No. 249 (The young American, who is playing on a protected ranking of No. 43, moves back into the top 250 in the real rankings).

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Genie Bouchard (CAN): No. 330 =========> No. 272 (A nice jump after an inspired effort in Prague. But Bouchard’s ranking is still in a place where she still struggle to find places to play unless more benevolent tournament directors see fit to give her wild cards).

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(For the complete rankings picture, click here).