No changes in the top 15, as it was an “International” week on the WTA Tour.
Petra Kvitova was the only exception among the top players, as she played her home-country event in Prague – the top seed, after Stuttgart champion Karolina Pliskova pulled out late – and won it.
The gaps are big for Kvitova to move up – 400 points or so to move up a spot to No. 9, another 300 to No. 8, and so on. But she has nothing to defend until the French Open.
And even then, she lost second round in her triumphant return from the stabbing incident.
So heading into her favorite time of year at Wimbledon, she’s in good shape.
ON THE UPSWING
Elise Mertens (BEL): No. 19 ———> No. 16 (The Belgian took Rabat, and with it a career high in singles. A top-16 seed would serve her well in Paris).
Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROU): No. 37 ———> No. 32 (She got a tough draw against an impressive Sharapova in the first round in Madrid. But she stood at exactly No. 400 exact a year ago. And now she’s looking at a French Open seeding after her Prague final, and a career high as a 30th birthday present May 4).
Aleksandra Krunic (SRB): No. 52 ———> No. 45
Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE): No. 60 ———> No. 53
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS): No. 96 ———> No. 71 (Recovery from shoulder shoulder takes forever in tennis. But the Croatian-Aussie seems to finally be rounding into form).
Taylor Townsend (USA): No. 85 ———> No. 73 (The American’s career has been full of ups and downs already, at age 22. She’s on another roll after winning the $80K ITF in Charleston.
Sara Errani (ITA): No. 89 ———> No. 76 (After serving a doping suspension last summer, Errani has just played, and played. Seven months ago, she stood at No. 280).
Kurumi Nara (JPN): No. 103 ———> No. 91 (Winner of the $80K ITF in Gifu, Japan).
Vera Lapko (BLR): No. 111 ———> No. 92 (The 19-year-old enters the top 100. A year ago, she was No. 248).
Katarina Zavatska (UKR): No. 260 ———> No. 197 (The 18-year-old from Ukraine, who received a wild card into Rabat and reached the quarterfinals, joins the top 200. A year ago, the former top-15 junior was winning the Grade 1 junior event at Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France for the second time, so it’s quite a leap).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS): No. 27 ———> No. 31
Danielle Collins (USA): No. 45 ———> No. 49
Lucie Safarova (CZE): No. 50 ———> No. 55 (At last word, the Czech was only hitting once every two days. She’s not entered in Rome, but is still on the French Open entry list).
Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA): No. 63 ———> No. 69
Varvara Lepchenko (USA): No. 75 ———> No. 89
Kristyna Pliskova (CZE): No. 74 ———> No. 94 (The lefty twin is better than that ranking. But she beat Ostapenko and Jankovic on the way to the Prague final a year ago, losing to Bartel in the final. And she couldn’t duplicate that this year despite avoiding a first-round clash with her twin, Karolina, after she withdrew).
Ana Konjuh (CRO): No. 93 ———> No. 104 (The young Croat falls out of the top-100 because of a long injury absence).
Mona Barthel (GER): No. 66 ———> No. 111 (Last year’s Prague champion feels it in the rankings, a year later).
Lauren Davis (USA): No. 122 ———> No. 138 (Davis began the season ranked No. 50, and was in the top 30 a year ago at this time. Her struggle to win matches is mystifying).