All the top players (Venus Williams excepted) are hitting the courts in Wuhan this week.
But plenty of them also played the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo last week, where Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark won her first WTA Tour title of the season.
Jelena Ostapenko won her second career title – her first on hard court – at the Korean Open in Seoul. And Shuai Zhang won in Guangzhou, China.
It resulted in a bit of a reshuffling just outside the top 10, which is a moving target these days.
Rankings on the Upswing
Angelique Kerber (GER): No. 14 ————-> No. 12
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS): No. 23 ————-> No. 19 (She’s had a good couple of weeks in Asia with her new Wilson Ultra stick)
Shuai Zhang (CHN): No. 30 ————-> No. 26 (the 28-year-old won her home-country event in Guangzho, dropping just three games in her first three rounds)
Elise Mertens (BEL): No. 40 ————-> No. 38** (another career high)
Samantha Stosur (AUS): No. 47 ————-> No. 44
Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA): No. 71 ————-> No. 58** (finalist in Seoul)
Kateryna Kozlova (UKR): No. 83 ————-> No. 71 ** (career best for the 23-year-old)
Evgeniya Rodina (RUS): No. 94 ————-> No. 84
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN): No. 87 ————-> No. 85
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL): No. 116 ————-> No. 98
Richel Hogenkamp (NED): No. 119 ————-> No. 99
Irina Falconi (USA): No. 207 ————-> No. 145
Dayana Yastremska (UKR): No. 208 ————-> No. 174** (the 17-year-old jumps into the top 200. Probably deserves a profile pic by now)
Rankings on the Downswing
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL): No. 11 ————-> No. 13 (Radwanska pulled out of Tokyo)
Elena Vesnina (RUS): No. 19 ————-> No. 21 (the Russian had a long stretch in the top 20)
Anett Kontaveit (EST): No. 31 ————-> No. 34
Lesia Tsurenko (UKR): No. 38 ————-> No. 50
Naomi Osaka (JPN): No. 44 ————-> No. 61
Camila Giorgi (ITA): No. 69 ————-> No. 74
Monica Puig PUR): No. 70 ————-> No. 77
Lara Arruabarrena (ESP): No. 61 ————-> No. 92 (The Spaniard won the Korean Open a year ago)
Jelena Jankovic SRB): No. 73 ————-> No. 97 (She could be out of the top 100 at year’s end; Jankovic has pulled out of the rest of her tournaments this season. The last time that happened was … 2002)
Mandy Minella (LUX): No. 113 ————-> No. 134 (not much hope of raising that any time soon, as Minella is expecting her first child)
Singles race to Singapore
Doubles race to Singapore
(Siniakova and Hradecka become the fifth team to qualify – fourth, really, with the injury to Bethanie Mattek-Sands).
Players defending points this week
Petra Kvitova – 900 points
Dominika Cibulkova – 585 points
Svetlana Kuznetsova – 350 points
Simona Halep – 350 points
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova – 305 points
Kristyna Pliskova – 280 points