As on the ATP Tour, the WTA Tour’s top stars also were idle last week for the most part.
After Daria Kasatkina pulled out of Bogotá, the best-ranked player to take the court was Kristina Mladenovic, the No. 1 seed at the relocated event in Lugano, Switzerland.
But Mladenovic – suffering with all the rest because of the multiple rain delays at both tournaments – retired in the third set of her first-round match. And then she pulled out of the doubles.
So the big winner in Lugano was No. 2 seed Elise Mertens. The Belgian not only won the singles, she won the doubles as well.
The big story, of course, was the persistent rain from Switzerland, to Colombia. Despite that, they managed to get both tournaments finished on time, with the help of some indoor courts for the doubles in Bogotá.
On the Upswing
Elise Mertens (BEL): No. 20 ———-> No. 17 (Mertens was the only move in the top 20. Not only did she hit a career high in singles, she did the same in doubles at No. 30).
Aryna Sabalenka (BLR): No. 61 ———-> No. 47 (The hard-hitting 19-year-old jumps into the top 50, and a career high, as she made both the singles and doubles finals in Lugano.
Ana Bogdan (ROU): No. 76 ———-> No. 66 (A career high for the 25-year-old Romanian after making the semis in Bogotá).
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK): No. 132 ———-> No. 84 (An inexplicable tumble in the rankings for the former No. 26 is being righted, as she earns the title in Bogotá and – as a bonus – direct entry into the French Open).
Stefanie Voegele (SUI): No. 119 ———-> No. 96 (A wild card into her home-country event pays off for Voegele, also straight into Paris).
Taylor Townsend (USA): No. 113 ———-> No. 108 (The American may well have squeezed into the Paris main draw with her effort at Indian Harbour Beach. But she’ll have to wait and see. Meantime, she’s still alive in the USTA wild-card challenge).
Vera Lapko (BLR): No. 130 ———-> No. 111 (Career high for the 19-year-old after going from the qualifying to the semis in Lugano, where she lost 6-4 in the third set to Mertens).
Caroline Dolehide (USA): No. 135 ———-> No. 120 (The 19-year-old American announced her presence at Indian Wells, and her win at the Indian Harbour Beach ITF last week came without the loss of a set. It’s a career high).
Tamara Korpatsch (GER): No. 176 ———-> No. 142 (The 22-year-old German, who’s fun to watch on grass with her love for the serve-volley, took advantage of Mladenovic’s retirement and went from the qualifying to the quarters in Lugano).
Bianca Andreescu (CAN): No. 221 ———-> No. 197 (The 17-year-old Canadian has been struggling. But with a $25K final in Japan two weeks ago, at least she’s back in the top 200).
On the Downswing
Anett Kontaveit (EST): No. 28 ———-> No. 31
Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR): No. 49 ———-> No. 56
Marketa Vondrousova (CZE): No. 52 ———-> No. 73 (The 18-year-old shocked a year ago by going from the qualifying to the title in Biel – now Lugano. But this year, she lost in teh second round to eventual champion Mertens).
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN No. 111 ———-> No. 117 (Idle last week after pulling out of Bogotá, Bouchard’s next opportunity to earn points won’t come until the end of the month).
Amanda Anisimova (USA): No. 126 ———-> No. 138 (Anisimova has been out with a foot injury suffered in Miami, and couldn’t play the Indian Harbour Beach event as she did a year ago).
Francesca Schiavone (ITA): No. 96 ———-> No. 157 (The defending Bogotá champion pulled out this year. And with the French Open deadline Monday, she’ll need a wild card).