WTA Tour Rankings Report: Sept. 11, 2017

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The biggest news, of course, is that with Karolina Pliskova failing to cover her 2016 finalist’s ranking points, she drops down.

And Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza is the new No. 1 in the WTA Tour rankings.

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She is the 24th to hold the top spot and the second Spanish woman (after Arantxa Sanchez Vicario) since the rankings were instituted in 1975.

With that, the top spots on both the men’s and women’s tours are currently held by Spaniards.

At the start of the US Open, there were eight women who had varying levels of opportunity to be No. 1 at the end of it. As she reached the fourth round in New York for the first time, Muguruza was the last one left standing.

It’s still very, very tight up at the top, though. Some of the big events in Asia could make the pendulum swing a time or two before the end of the 2017 season.

And scroll down to look at some of the major rankings jumps made this week. There are so many great comeback stories on the WTA Tour right now.

On the Upswing

rankingsElina Svitolina (UKR): No. 4 ————-> No. 3**

Venus Williams (USA): No. 9 ————-> No. 5 (This is as high as Venus has been since before the 2011 Australian Open)

Jelena Ostapenko (LAT): No. 12 ————-> No. 10** (The French Open champion enters the top 10)

Madison Keys (USA): No. 16 ————-> No. 12

Coco Vandeweghe (USA): No. 22 ————-> No. 16**

Sloane Stephens (USA): No. 83 ————-> No. 17 (From outside the top 900 to the top 20 in five weeks. Good effort, to say the least from the US Open champion)

Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK): No. 32 ————-> No. 27**

Ashleigh Barty (AUS): No. 43 ————-> No. 37** (Barty and partner Casey Dellacqua qualified for the WTA Tour Finals Monday, for the first time)

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Vera Zvonareva cut her ranking in half last week in reaching the final in Dalian, China. (Stephanie Myles/Tennis.Life)

Donna Vekic (CRO): No. 52 ————-> No. 47**

Jennifer Brady (USA): No. 91 ————-> No. 65** (career high for the 22-year-old American)

Maria Sakkari (GRE): No. 95 ————-> No. 82**

Kateryna Kozlova (UKR): No. 118 ————-> No. 83** (nice run for the 23-year-old, who was at No. 160 going into Wimbledon. She won a $125K in China last week, beating Vera Zvonareva in the final)

Maria Sharapova (RUS): No. 146 ————-> No. 103 (Getting there, slowly. And her memoir is officially released this week)

Kaia Kanepi (EST): No. 418 ————-> No. 110 (a bit overshadowed by the amazing Sloane Stephens comeback story was this one, as Kanepi had a great US Open)

Sofia Kenin (USA): No. 139————-> No. 112** (career high for Kenin, who officially turned pro last week)

Vera Zvonareva (RUS): No. 623 ————-> No. 306 (Finalist at a 125K series in China last week, Zvonareva returned to Grand Slam action in the US Open qualifying and won her first-round match)

(** = Career high)

On the Downswing

rankingsKarolina Pliskova (CZE): No. 1 ————-> No. 4 (But she’s not that far from the top)

Angelique Kerber (GER): No. 6 ————-> No. 14 (Ouch. As low as the former No. 1 has been in the rankings in more than two years)

Serena Williams (USA): No. 15 ————-> No. 22

Ana Konjuh (CRO): No. 23 ————-> No. 40

Catherine Bellis (USA): No. 36 ————-> No. 42

Samantha Stosur (AUS): No. 44 ————-> No. 49 (after missing the whole summer, she’s finally back this week in Tokyo).

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN): No. 76 ————-> No. 79

Roberta Vinci (ITA): No. 47 ————-> No. 84

Andrea Petkovic (HER): No. 93 ————-> No. 105 (not the best 30th birthday present ever)

Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR): No. 156 ————-> No. 186

 

Race to Singapore

Sloane Stephens instantly jumps into contention.

Players defending points this week 

Océane Dodin (FRA) – 280 points (won Quebec City last year)

Christina McHale (USA) – 280 points (won her first and only Tour title in Tokyo a year ago)

Lauren Davis (USA) – 198 points

Katerina Siniakova (CZE) – 180 points

Rebecca Sramkova (SVK) 140 points

Tereza Martincova (CZE) – 128 points

Shuai Zhang (CHN) – 110 points

Jana Cepelova (SVK) – 110 points

Julia Boserup (USA) – 110 points

 

(For the complete WTA Tour rankings picture as of Sept. 11, click here)

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