WTA Tour Rankings – May 14, 2018

With her titles in Prague and Madrid, Petra Kvitova now is back to No. 8 in the WTA Tour rankings this week.

She began the season at No. 29.


A year ago at this time, the Czech lefty was working hard towards returning to the Tour after the frightening incident in which her playing hand was badly damaged during a home invasion.

It hardly seems possible that Kvitova’s best ranking, No. 2, came 6 1/2 years ago, on Hallowe’en, 2011. But it’s true. 

No. 8 is the Czech’s best since she was No. 6 the first week of May, 2016.

The only two players who could deny her a top-eight seed in Paris would be Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens. And one of them would have to reach the final in Rome this week.


rankingsKarolina Pliskova (CZE): No. 6 ——-> No. 5

Petra Kvitova (CZE): No. 10 ——-> No. 8

Daria Kasatkina (RUS): No. 13 ——-> No. 11

Kiki Bertens (NED): No. 20 ——-> No. 15 (A career high after an impressive week in Madrid, culminating in the final. At No. 19 in doubles, she’s also one of the rare players to be top-20 in both disciplines).

Anett Kontaveit (EST): No. 29 ——-> No. 26 (A career high in the rankings for the 22-year-old from Estonia).

Maria Sharapova (RUS): No. 52 ——-> No. 40 (Still not close to where she wants to be).

Kristyna Pliskova (CZE): No. 94 ——-> No. 71 (From qualifying to the third round in Madrid).

Bernarda Pera (USA): No. 97 ——-> No. 74 (The Croatian-American, who also posted great results this year in Melbourne and Charleston, goes from the qualies to the third round in Madrid and gets to a career high).

Victoria Azarenka (BLR): No. 98 ——-> No. 84 (Slowly but surely rising again).

Rebecca Peterson (SWE): No. 113 ——-> No. 95 (A career high for the 22-year-old from Sweden, who won the Cagnes-sur-Mer ITF).

Dayana Yastremska (UKR): No. 180 ——-> No. 148 (The hard-hitting 17-year-old from Ukraine jumps into the top 150 with a final in Cagnes-sur-Mer).


rankingsJelena Ostapenko (LAT): No. 5 ——-> No. 6

Coco Vandeweghe (USA): No. 13 ——-> No. 16

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA): No. 22——> No. 30 (Mladenovic hit the top-10 last October, but it’s been a slow slide since then).

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS): No. 27 ——-> No. 39 (Kuznetsova’s return from wrist surgery has been slow, so far).

Timea Bacsinszky (SUI): No. 48 ——-> No. 55 (Out with injury again – this time a calf issue).

Samantha Stosur (AUS): No. 57 ——-> No. 60

Qiang Wang (CHN): No. 64 ——-> No. 78

Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA): No. 79 ——-> No. 90 (The Brazilian lefty won Cagnes-sur-Mer a year ago, and couldn’t defend it at the WTA top level).

Johanna Larsson (SWE): No. 78 ——-> No. 97 (Her drop, along with Rebecca Peterson’s rise, now drops her to No. 2 in Sweden for the first time in eons).

Alison Riske (USA): No. 93 ——-> No. 105

Oceane Dodin (FRA): No. 110 ——-> No. 129

Lauren Davis (USA): No. 138 ——-> No. 155

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN): No. 118 ——-> No. 169 (Not much needs to be said about that number).

Roberta Vinci (ITA): No. 168 ——-> No. 191 (The veteran Italian will close out her career this week in Rome).

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