INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – With the first leg of the Sunshine Double about to get under way in the desert, there was only one WTA Tour event (Acapulco) and one WTA 125K tournament (The Oracle Challenger) to score some points last week.
And a few players took advantage, while some failed to defend and found themselves dropping in the rankings.
There were no changes in the top 20, with only Sloane Stephens (in Acapulco) and the returning Qiang Wang (at the 125K) active.
On the rankings hot seat – if any 17-year-old can be on a rankings hotseat – this week will be American Amanda Anisimova.
She qualified and reached the semis of the Oracle Challenger a year ago – then backed it up with a fourth-round effort in the main event. Along the way, she defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Petra Kvitova.
With less than a full match since the Australian Open, it’s going to be a challenge to defend all those points. The Challenger points have already cost her six spots.
ON THE UPSWING
Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP): No. 26 ————–> No. 24
Sofia Kenin (USA): No. 35 ————–> No. 33 (The Acapulco finalist moved up two spots to a new career high, and it should be enough to get her seeded at Indian Wells).
Yafan Wang (CHN): No. 65 ————–> No. 49 (The unlikely Acapulco champion moves into the top 50 with her first WTA Tour title, a career high at age 24).
Bianca Andreescu (CAN): No. 71 ————–> No. 60 (A semi in Acapulco gives the 18-year-old Canadian another career best. And it earned her a wild-card spot into the BNP Paribas Open this week).
Viktorija Golubic (SUI): No. 103 ————–> No. 82 (The Swiss player with the one-handed backhand came back from the depths to win the Oracle Challenger over Jennifer Brady on Sunday.
Jennifer Brady (USA): No. 94 ————–> No. 83 (Brady also gets a nice bump from her effort at Indian Wells during the warmup).
Jessika Ponchet (FRA): No. 231 ————–> No. 190 (The 22-year-old sees the points from her win at the $25K in Glasgow two weeks ago come onto the computer).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Lesia Tsurenko (UKR): No. 24 ————–> No. 28
Daria Gavrilova (AUS): No. 48 ————–> No. 53 (The Aussie drops out of the top 50).
Rebecca Peterson (SWE): No. 56 ————–> No. 64
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA): No. 60 ————–> No. 65
Amanda Anisimova (USA): No. 61 ————–> No. 67 (The 17-year-old had to retire during her first-round match in Acapulco last week.)
Stefanie Voegele (SUI): No. 80 ————–> No. 109 (Voegele reached the Acapulco final last year, beating Sloane Stephens and Maria Sakkari en route. She didn’t play it this year).
Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR): No. 149 ————–> No. 175