Shock Rogers Cup winner Bianca Andreescu rises to a career-high No. 14 after she went through the field in Toronto.
And she won the whole thing, after Serena Williams retired down 1-3 in the first set.
It’s Andreescu’s second major title of the season, after the Premier Mandatory win at Indian Wells in March.
She and Marie Bouzkova, who reached the semifinals out of the qualifying, are the big winners in a topsy-turvy week for the top seeds.
But at the top of the heap, once again, is Naomi Osaka.
The two-time Grand Slam champion had an encouraging tournament before losing to Serena Williams. But it was the fact that Ashleigh Barty (No. 1) and Karolina Pliskova (No. 3) didn’t make big runs that helped propel her back to the top.
She’s ahead by only 161 points, though. And Pliskova is only another 71 points behind that. So it’s not a safe perch.
ON THE UPSWING
Naomi Osaka (JPN): No. 2 ========> No. 1
Serena Williams (USA): No. 10 ========> No. 8 (Considering how little she has played in 2019, that Rogers Cup finalist Williams is No. 8 is nothing short of a statement on the WTA right now).
Bianca Andreescu (CAN): No. 27 ========> No. 14 (Perhaps more impressive than her run to the title after a long injury layoff was the heart and soul with which she handled a really tough situation in the final).
Sofia Kenin (USA): No. 29 ========> No. 22 (She, not Andreescu, would have leaped into the top 20 had she been able to defeat her in Toronto. Still, it’s a career best).
Katerina Siniakova (CZE): No. 41 ========> No. 38 (The 23-year-old moves up in singles, and wins the doubles title in Toronto as well).
Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS): No. 48 ========> No. 43 (The unheralded 24-year-old Russian had a good Rogers Cup, and reaches a career high).
Marie Bouzkova (CZE): No. 91 ========> No. 53 (Her sunny disposition and sportsmanship were as impressive as her tennis as she went from the qualifying to the semifinals in Toronto, and pushed Williams to three sets).
Jelena Ostapenko (LAT): No. 82 ========> No. 75 (It feels like Ostapenko’s singles ranking has been dropping every week, so it’s nice to see a move in the other direction).
Xiyu Wang (CHN): No. 122 ========> No. 115 (The 18-year-old from China reaches another career high. There are only four 17- and 18-year-olds, including Iga Swiatek, who are ranked higher).
Francesca Di Lorenzo (USA): No. 152 ========> No. 128 (The 22-year-old who attended Ohio State, coached by Ann Grossman, qualified at the Rogers Cup in Toronto and reaches a career high).
Cori Gauff (USA): No. 142 ========> No. 140
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS): No. 198 ========> No. 153 (The Russian is slowly getting her ranking back up to a better area code. In the meantime, her protected ranking of No. 102 will likely squeeze her into the main draw of the US Open).
Maja Chwalinska (POL): No. 286 ========> No. 182 (Only 17, the player from Poland jumps into the top 200 by winning a $25,000 ITF in her home country).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Ashleigh Barty (AUS): No. 1 ========> No. 2
Sloane Stephens (USA): No. 8 ========> No. 10
Alizé Cornet (FRA): No. 53 ========> No. 60
Venus Williams (USA): No. 56 ========> No. 65 (Unless something changes, Williams just isn’t showing she can win tennis matches these days).
Laura Siegemund (GER): No. 78 ========> No. 88
Maria Sharapova (RUS): No. 81 ========> No. 97 (The former No. 1 is just 25 points from falling outside the top 100).
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN): No. 112 ========> No. 114 (Beaten in the first round in singles and doubles in Toronto, Bouchard is headed to an ITF in Vancouver this week, because her ranking wouldn’t even have gotten her into the qualifying in Cincinnati. In fact, she didn’t even bother entering).
Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROU): No. 127 ========> No. 136 (Exactly a year ago, the Romanian lefty was ranked No. 20. The fall has been sharp).
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK): No. 130 ========> No. 148 At a career high No. 17, just 17 months ago, the 30-year-old from Slovakia hasn’t played since Coco Gauff defeated her in the second round of Wimbledon).
Rebecca Marino (CAN): No. 172 ========> No. 181 (The plantar fasciitis that kept the Canadian out of the Rogers Cup will also keep her out of the US Open qualifying).
Francoise Abanda (CAN): No. 224 ========> No. 276 (Luckily for the 22-year-old Canadian, the qualifying deadline for the US Open was two weeks ago. Or she’d probably be out of luck. A year ago, she beat Kirsten Flipkens in the first round of the Rogers Cup main draw in Montreal. She lost in the first round of qualifying this year in Toronto).
Leylah Fernandez (CAN): No. 260 ========> No. 277 (It was a great moment for the 16-year-old when she played her first Rogers Cup main draw – and teamed up for doubles with Simona Halep. But a year ago, she won her first-round qualifying match in Montreal, so those points drop off).
Road to Shenzhen
As little as she has played, Bianca Andreescu has suddenly leaped into contention for the year-end championships in Shenzhen, China.
She currently stands in the No. 8 spot. Right behind her is Williams, who also has played little.
(For the full rankings picture, check out the WTA website).