How you jump from outside the top 180 into the top 30.
Get to the Wimbledon final.
That’s what Serena did over the last two weeks. And when she gets to the US Open next month, there will be no debate about whether she deserves a courtesy seed or not. She’ll have earned it all on her own.
Meanwhile, American Sloane Stephens was sent packing in the first round of the women’s singles at Wimbledon.
Still, she inches up to a new career high, while 2017 champion Garbiñe Muguruza drops off, with her own premature departure.
ON THE UPSWING
Sloane Stephens (USA): No. 4 ————> No. 3 (The American moves up one spot to a career high, despite not having done a single thing in the singles draw at Wimbledon).
Angelique Kerber (GER): No. 10 ————> No. 4 (The Wimbledon champion is back in the top five – and moves up to No. 2 in the race to Singapore, right behind Simona Halep).
Julia Goerges (GER): No. 13 ————> No. 10 (The German is back in the top 10, a spot she occupied for two weeks back in February).
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK): No. 33————> No. 26
Serena Williams (USA): No. 181 ————> No. 28 (And she’s … back in the game).
Camila Giorgi (ITA): No. 52————> No. 35
Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE): No. 48 ————> No. 37
Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR): No. 50————> No. 41 (Career high for the 24-year-old from Belarus)
Belinda Bencic (SUI): No. 56 ————> No. 45
Viktoria Kuzmova (SVK): No. 69 ————> No. 54
Taylor Townsend (USA): No. 73 ————> No. 61
Sofia Kenin (USA): No. 76 ————> No. 64 (Career high for the 19-year-old American, who finished 2017 ranked No. 113 and 2016 ranked No. 212).
Samantha Stosur (AUS): No. 86 ————> No. 73
Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP): No. 102 ————> No. 83
Evgeniya Rodina (RUS): No. 120 ————> No. 92
Dayana Yastremska (UKR): No. 127 ————> No. 100 (The player from Ukraine jumps into the top 100. She’s the only 18-year-old in that group).
Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS): No. 132 ————> No. 107 (The Russian qualified and upset Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon).
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN): No. 188 ————> No. 146
Claire Liu (USA): No. 237———-> No. 170 (Career high for the 18-year-old American, who qualified and won a round at Wimbledon before taking eventual champ Angelique Kerber to three sets).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP): No. 3———–> No. 7 (The defending Wimbledon champion wasn’t able to defend, and so, she drops out of the top 5).
Venus Williams (USA): No. 9 ————> No. 14 (Venus was in the top 10 every week for exactly a year. But now, she’s out).
Coco Vandeweghe (USA): No. 16 ————> No. 19
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK): No. 19 ————> No. 31
Maria Sakkari (GRE): No. 37 ————> No. 46
Johanna Konta (GBR): No. 24 ————> No. 50 (That’s a big blow for the former top-10 Brit).
Petra Martic (CRO): No. 43————> No. 60
Johanna Larsson (SWE): No. 58 ————> No. 77
Kateryna Kozlova (UKR: No. 67 ————> No. 86
Polona Hercog (SLO): No. 64 ————> No. 90
Victoria Azarenka (BLR): No. 87 ————> No. 108 (A step back for Azarenka, who drops out of the top 100. On the plus side, she reached the mixed final at Wimbledon).
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS): No. 78 ————> No. 127 (Hard to fathom the former US Open champ may end up in the qualifying this year).
Francoise Abanda (CAN): No. 152 ————> No. 197 (It’s not going as planned for the talented 21-year-old Canadian).