No change at the very top, with most of the best players idle the week following the US Open.
The top 25 remain exactly the same.
But with International-level events going on in Quebec City and Tokyo, some great opportunities for lower-ranked players to take advantage and gain valuable ranking points.
Look at what Timea Babos and Alison Van Uytvanck did in Quebec City.
And a few players who didn’t live up to what they did a year ago – Océane Dodin, Christina McHale – take a drop.
On the Upswing
Lucie Safarova (CZE): No. 33 —————-> No. 28
Timea Babos (HUN): No. 63 —————-> No. 53 (Quebec City finalist)
Zarina Diyas (KAZ): No. 100 —————-> No. 63 (the former top-35 player makes a leap after winning Tokyo out of the qualifying)
Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL): No. 98 —————-> No. 68 (Quebec City champ)
Jana Fett (CRO): No. 123 —————-> No. 99 (into the top 100 for the 20-year-old, who reached the Tokyo final out of the qualifying)
Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROU): No. 127 —————-> No. 106 (the 29-year-old vet reaches a career high by winning the $80K ITF in Biarritz, France)
Francoise Abanda (CAN): No. 122 —————-> No. 115 (another career best for the 20-year-old Canadian, a quarterfinalist in Quebec City)
Caroline Dolehide (USA): No. 161 —————-> No. 137 (good effort in Quebec City)
Patty Schnyder (SUI): No. 199 —————-> No. 164 (Biarritz finalist)
On the Downswing:
Lauren Davis (USA): No. 38 —————-> No. 45 (rough summer continues into fall)
Katerina Siniakova (CZE): No.43 —————-> No. 50
Oceane Dodin (FRA): No. 48 —————-> No. 62 (Defending QC champion pulled out early on because of dizziness)
Christina Mchale (USA): No. 62 —————-> No. 81 (Tokyo International champ didn’t defend)
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN): No. 79 —————-> No. 87 (still one-way traffic for the Canadian’s ranking)
Jana Cepelova (SVK): No. 94 —————-> No. 108
Race to Singapore
Points to defend this week
Caroline Wozniacki – 470 points
Naomi Osaka – 305 points (drawing Kerber 1st round and losing Monday hurts)
Lesia Tsurenko – 280 points (lost first round)
Lara Arruabarrena – 280 points (lost first round)
Agnieszka Radwanska – 185 points (and she pulled out of Tokyo)
Monica Niculescu – 180 points
Jelena Jankovic – 180 points
Monica Puig – 100 points
Garbiñe Muguruza – 100 points (she’s only ahead of No. 2 Simona Halep, who defends nothing, by 65 points. So it’s significant in that sense)