The unexpected victory by Elina Svitolina in Singapore Sunday paid off not only with prize money and great vibes to take into 2019.
It also resulted in a jump of three spots in the rankings, all the up to No. 4.
She’s been one better, at No. 3 for four weeks after last year’s US Open. But it probably didn’t feel nearly as good as this.
Beyond that, and a couple of other drops among the top eight, there aren’t many changes as the points for both Singapore and this week’s season finale in Zhuhai already were removed from the rankings a week ago.
There are no other changes in the top 35.
Still, the pro circuits continue with higher-level ITFs in spots around the globe, and several WTA 125K events still to come – including this week in Mumbai.
ON THE UPSWING
Elina Svitolina (UKR): No. 7 ————> No. 4
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL): No. 77 ————> No. 74
Viktorija Golubic (SUI): No. 107 ————> No. 91 (The 26-year-old from Switzerland won an $80,000 event in Poitiers, France, defeating three top-200 players en route).
Varvara Lepchenko (USA): No. 162 ————> No. 130 (The former No. 19 won the $80,000 ITF in Macon, Georgia this week without dropping a set – or facing a player ranked in the top 150).
Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR): No. 166————> No. 145 (Macon finalist)
Priscilla Hon (AUS): No.185 ————> No. 156 (The 20-year-old won the $60,000 ITF in Bendigo, Australia – beating five Aussies).
Ellen Perez (AUS): No. 214 ————> No. 178
Bianca Andreescu (CAN): No. 243 ————> No. 185 (The Canadian sees the points from her return to action at a $25K last week, and a semifinal in Saguenay go on her resumé, thus ensuring she can play the Aussie qualifying. An injury retirement in that semi, because of the ongoing back issues that kept her off the court after the US Open until two weeks ago, is worrisome).
Katherine Sebov (CAN): No. 273 ————> No. 217 (The 19-year-old won her first professional title in Saguenay Sunday. She’s at a career high and can think of playing her first Grand Slam qualifying in January.
ON THE DOWNSWING
Naomi Osaka (JPN): No. 4 ————> No. 5
Petra Kvitova (CZE): No. 5 ————> No. 7
Belinda Bencic (SUI): No. 37 ————> No. 39
Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL): No. 48 ————> No. 51
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK): No. 67 ————> No. 76
Yafan Wang (CHN): No. 75 ————> No. 83
Coco Vandeweghe (USA): No. 101 ————> No. 102
Nao Hibino (JPN): No. 116 ————> No. 123
Carol Zhao (CAN): No. 189 ————> No. 203 (Out of the top 200 after the No. 1 Canadian for several weeks this spring, Zhao continues to deal with an elbow issue).
We’ll pick the weekly reports up again when the 2019 season begins. Thanks for reading!