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