WIMBLEDON – By winning Eastbourne, Caroline Wozniacki at least made up a little ground on world No. 1 Simona Halep.
She’s now within 1,000 points (961 points, to be exact).
Wozniacki has “just” 240 points to defend from her fourth-round result here a year ago, while Halep has 430 points from her quarterfinal.
In other words, with up to 2,000 ranking points available to the winner, there’s room for a big move there.
The two top spots are unlikely to be threatened, as reigning champion Garbiñe Muguruza is 360 points behind Wozniacki, with the entire motherlode of 2,000 points to defend from last year’s title.
ON THE UPSWING
Petra Kvitova (CZE): No. 8 ————–> No. 7 (Kvitova was out after one win in Eastbourne. But she slips past Karolina Pliskova because the Czech won that tournament a year ago. It’s Kvitova’s highest ranking in more than two years).
Angelique Kerber (GER): No. 11————–> No. 10 (The German squeezes back into the top 10).
Maria Sharapova (RUS): No. 24 ————–> No. 22 (Sharapova didn’t play, but she had nothing to defend, either).
Aryna Sabalenka (BLR): No. 45 ————–> No. 32 (The 20-year-old soars to a career best after a brilliant Eastbourne, in which she beat seeds Elise Mertens and Karolina Pliskova in third-set tiebreaks. She also beat Julia Goerges and Agnieszna Radwanska on the way to the final, where she lost Wozniacki. Oh, and she also made the doubles semis, losing 13-11 in the match tiebreak. There is no rest for the weary; she plays her first-round singles Monday).
Danielle Collins (USA): No. 43————–> No. 41
Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE): No. 52 ————–> No. 48 (Back in the top 50)
Camila Giorgi (ITA): No. 56 ————–> No. 52
Belinda Bencic (SUI): No. 61 ————–> No. 56 (She didn’t even play, but hey).
Pauline Parmentier (FRA): No. 71————–> No. 63 (Parmentier made the semis of a $100,000, 16-player draw in Southsea last week).
Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR): No. 89 ————–> No. 79
Katie Boulter (GBR): No. 144 ————–> No. 122 (The 21-year-old Brit made the final of that Southseas thing, and reaches a career high).
Serena William (USA): No. 183 ————–> No. 181
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN): No. 191 ————–> No. 188
ON THE DOWNSWING
Sorana Cirstea (ROU): No. 47 ————–> No. 51
Tatjana Maria (GER): No. 48 ————–> No. 57
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS): No. 57————–> No. 68
Lara Arruabarrena (ESP): No. 77————–> No. 88
Heather Watson (GBR): No. 88 ————–> No. 111 (Watson made the Eastbourne semis last year)
Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU): No. 126 ————–> No. 141 (The Romanian qualified for Wimbledon, which will help)
Lauren Davis (USA): No. 173 ————–> No. 196 (At least she’s back, at the Wimbledon qualifying last week)