(There will be no ATP Tour report this week, as it was a Davis Cup week and with no ATP events on the schedule, no changes in the top 70 in the rankings).
Along with some of the impressive moves this week – several players have reached new career bests – there are other considerations as this week’s tournaments get under way.
The rankings for next Monday, April 16, will determine which players get directly into the main singles draws at the French Open.
Entry deadlines are six weeks in advance. The tournament begins May 27.
So this is the final week that players ranked outside the top 100 can put up a result that will allow them to squeak into the 128-player main draw – and cash the guaranteed first-round cheque that can make all the difference in covering travel costs for the next few months.
At the bottom of the post, you’ll find a lost of those players on the bubble, and what they’re doing this week to try to make a last-minute effort.
On the Upswing
Julia Goerges (USA): No. 13 ———-> No. 11 (She ran out of gas for the Charleston final, but still moves to within one of her career high)
Kiki Bertens (NED): No. 27 ———-> No. 21 (Titletown in Charleston puts Bertens within three of her career best, and sets her up well for the clay-court season)
Danielle Collins (USA): No. 53 ———-> No. 45 (The Miami semifinalist added more points with a good effort in Monterrey, and jumps into the top 50)
Camila Giorgi (ITA): No. 64 ———-> No. 59
Kristyna Pliskova (CZE): No. 77 ———-> No. 70
Sachia Vickery (USA): No. 91 ———-> No. 75 (A new career high for the 22-year-old American, who took a pass on Bogotá this week)
Ana Bogdan (ROU): No. 90 ———-> No. 76 (The 25-year-old Romanian hits a career best after her semifinal in Monterrey).
Sara Errani (ITA): No. 95 ———-> No. 89 (In six months, she has lopped nearly 200 spots off her ranking. She, too, took a pass on Bogotá).
Bernarda Pera (USA): No. 101 ———-> No. 90 (with the cutoff for the French Open next Monday, the Croatian-American has assured herself a spot).
Luksika Kumkhum: (THA): No. 103 ———-> No. 94 (She’s playing $25,000 events in Asia despite her past level of play. But it’s enough that she guarantees herself a spot in the French Open main draw, with the nice cheque that comes with that).
Claire Liu (USA): No. 202 ———-> No. 181 (The 17-year-old Wimbledon junior champion arrives in the top 200)
On the Downswing
Daria Kasatkina (RUS): No. 12 ———-> No. 14 (The young Russian has done enough that failing to defend her Charleston title didn’t cost her too much in the rankings)
Lucie Safarova (CZE): No. 45 ———-> No. 53 (Still out indefinitely with illness, Safarova drops out of the top 50)
Heather Watson (GBR): No. 71 ———-> No. 77
Laura Siegemund (GER): No. 74 ———-> No. 97 (The defending Stuttgart champ may have to use her protected ranking from now on. But she showed enough in her return to the WTA level last week, after nearly a year out and knee surgery, that she’ll probably manage just fine)
Shelby Rogers (USA): No. 87 ———-> No. 105 (injured for much of this year, Rogers will have some catching up to do when she gets back)
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO): No. 114 ———-> No. 152 (a long injury absence for the 36-year-old, who may well not be back if she has to start all over again)
On the Bubble
108 women gain direct entry into the French Open, while 104 men are directly in (the men have a larger qualifying draw – 128 versus 96 for the women and thus more spots in the main draw for those who get through the three rounds).
As well, players with protected rankings can bump those at the bottom of the 108 down into the qualifying. For the women, those will include Serena Williams (No. 1) and hopefully Victoria Azarenka (No. 6), as well as Ana Konjuh (No. 88 – if she’s back in time) and Kristina Kucova of Slovakia (No. 95)
Among those expected to use their protected rankings on the men’s side are Steve Darcis, Pablo Andujar, Andreas Haider-Maurer and James Duckworth.
Here are the players on the bubble.
Below the graphic, you can see where they all are playing this week.
Wickmayer, Fett, Bouchard, Peterson and Bouchard are idle, with Bouchard pulling out of the Bogotá tournament late last week.
Golubic is in Lugano, and Hogenkamp is in Lugano qualifying. Townsend and Ahn are at the $60,000 ITF in Indian Harbour Beach (and are looking to earn the USTA’s reciprocal French Open wild card by doing well the next few weeks).
Rodina and Blinkova are at the WTA Tour stop in Bogotá.
Lacko, Bemelmans, Mahut and Melzer are idle.
Fratangelo and Daniel are at the ATP tournament in Houston. Berrettini and de Minaur are in Marrakech (de Minaur has already lost in qualifying)
The rest of the players are at the Challenger level: Elias and Travaglia in Barletta, Bhambri in Taipei and Berlocq in Mexico City.