Every single player in the top 10 made a move this week on the WTA Tour.
Except for one: No. 1 Naomi Osaka.
Simona Halep had an opportunity to take back the top spot. But she had to reach the final to do it.
Unfortunately, the Romanian came up with a fairly sub-par performance against Karolina Pliskova in their semi-final.
It was interrupted by rain with Pliskova one game away in the second set.
But even the break, and the reset, wasn’t enough to get Halep back on track.
Still, Halep moves up a spot, from No. 3 to No. 2. And both Petra Kvitova and Pliskova are within 500 points of that top spot, with some big tournaments coming up in late April and May.
ON THE UPSWING
Karolina Pliskova (CZE): No. 7 =============> No. 4
Kiki Bertens (NED): No. 8 =============> No. 6 (The Dutchwoman moves to a career high, after going one round further this year in Miami than last year, when she lost in the third round to Venus Williams. She entered that event at No. 29. But Bertens has some big results to defend now: a title in Charleston – she’s the No. 2 seed this week – and a final in Madrid).
Ashleigh Barty (AUS): No. 11 =============> No. 9 (She’s been close for awhile, but Barty moves into the top 10 with the title in Miami with an impressive performance against Karolina Pliskova).
Anett Kontaveit (EST): No. 19 =============> No. 14 (A career high after reaching the Miami semifinal).
Qiang Wang (CHN): No. 18 =============> No. 16 (The No. 1 player from China reaches a career high after making the quarters in Miami).
Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE): No. 27 =============> No. 24 (The endearing player from Taiwan is one off her career high, reached more than six years ago during her first big success in singles).
Yulia Putintseva (KAZ): No. 44 =============> No. 38X
Marketa Vondrousova (CZE): No. 59 =============> No. 43 (Still just 19, the Czech who finished both 2017 and 2018 at No. 67 reaches a new career best).
Samantha Stosur (AUS): No. 83 =============> No. 73 (The win over Madison Keys, in which she was helped out a fair bit by Keys, helped in the rankings jump this week. She also made the doubles final).
Jessica Pegula (USA): No. 90 =============> No. 81 (Another career best for the 25-year-old American).
Taylor Townsend (USA): No. 96 =============> No. 83
Xiyu Wang (CHN): No. 190 =============> No. 170 (The 18-year-old, a wild card in Miami, moves up to a career high on the strength of her first-round win in Miami over Monica Puig).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Elina Svitolina (UKR): No. 5 =============> No. 7
Sloane Stephens (USA): No. 6 =============> No. 8
Jelena Ostapenko (LAT): No. 23 =============> No. 31 (Unclear exactly where the Latvian’s career is headed, as it seems to be in a bit of holding pattern. She lost her first match in Miami in straight sets to Marketa Vondrousova, who also beat her at Indian Wells. It’s her first week outside the top 30 in the rankings since the week before her surprise win at the 2017 French Open).
Danielle Collins (USA): No. 26 =============> No. 34 (Last year’s surprise semifinalist in Miami loses some ground).
Johanna Konta (GBR): No. 38 =============> No. 45
Venus Williams (USA): No. 43 =============> No. 48
Victoria Azarenka (BLR): No. 46 =============> No. 67 (A step in the wrong direction for Azarenka, who lost in the second round to Caroline Garcia. She’s okay for Madrid, but will have to qualify in Rome if she can’t get a wild card. On the plus side, she’s into the top 100 in doubles after making the Miami semis with Barty – and winning Acapulco last month. Before that week, her ranking was at No. 398).
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN): No. 72 =============> No. 76 (The Canadian withdrew from planned tournaments this week in Monterrey, and next week in Bógota).
Dalila Jakupovic (SLO): No. 80 =============> No. 92
Zarina Diyas (KAZ): No. 92 =============> No. 107