WTA Rankings Report – Sept. 9, 2019

Who’s No. 5?

US Open champion Bianca Andreescu, that’s who.

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The Canadian teenager leaps from No. 15 (which was already pretty great) all the way to No. 5 on the strength of her first Grand Slam victory, in her first major final at her first US Open.

Meanwhile, every single player in the top 20 save for Aryna Sabalenka (No. 13) and Sofia Kenin (No. 20) saw their rankings change.

Notably, the top 5 is entirely different as Ashleigh Barty regains the No. 1 spot and Karolina Pliskova gets to No. 2 – mostly by default as defending champion Naomi Osaka lost so many points.

Elina Svitolina, a semifinalist, moves to a career high No. 3 that ties her career-high ranking first achieved after the 2017 US Open.

ON THE UPSWING

Bianca Andreescu (CAN): No. 15 ==============> No. 5 (The US Open champion enters the top five with a bullet. She’s just 11 ranking points behind No. 4, and less than 200 points from No. 3 – with relatively little to defend until the end of the season and massive opportunities to gain. Her next event, theoretically, was Osaka but she’s skipping both that and Wuhan to return in Beijing).

Can Andreescu’s win kick off a Canadian tennis boom?

Belinda Bencic (SUI): No. 12 ==============> No. 10 (The Swiss player returns to the top 10 for the first time since June, 2016, after a fine effort in New York).

Johanna Konta (GBR): No. 16 ==============> No. 11 (Konta has made a nice comeback in the rankings this year; she was at No. 47 at the end of April).

Qiang Wang (CHN): No. 18 ==============> No. 12 (Despite being demolished by Serena Williams in the quarterfinals, Wang still rises to a career high with a quarter-final effort that included an upset win over new No. 1 Barty in the fourth round).

Julia Goerges (GER): No. 30 ==============> No. 25

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Magda Linette (POL): No. 53 ==============> No. 45 (Linette, 27, won her first WTA Tour title in the Bronx the week before the US Open out of the qualifying, and followed it up with a first-round win in New York before losing to Naomi Osaka. Going into the Bronx, she was ranked No. 80; now, she’s into the top 50 and at a career high – actually, tied in points with Viktoria Kuzmova for No. 50).

Ons Jabeur (TUN): No. 62 ==============> No. 51 (The Tunisian is at a career high and actually tied with Viktoria Kuzmova for the No. 50 spot on points).

Fiona Ferro (FRA): No. 74 ==============> No. 61 (The 22-year-old, low-key Frenchwoman reaches a career high).

Anna Blinkova (RUS): No. 84 ==============> No. 73 (The Russian, who turns 21 Tuesday, gets to a career high in singles and in doubles (No. 57) after winning the New Haven Challenger in both singles and doubles with Oksana Kalashnikova).

Andrea Petkovic (GER): No. 88 ==============> No. 77

Taylor Townsend (USA): No. 116 ==============> No. 83 (A breakthrough for the American, and the serve-volley game, as Townsend gets back into the top 100).

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Timea Babos (HUN): No. 112 ==============> No. 92 (Back in the top 100 after qualifying at the US Open; she lost to Coco Gauff, but made some progress as she continues to work with American coach Michael Joyce).

Kristie Ahn (USA): No. 141 ==============> No. 93 (After earning a wild card in the USTA playoff, the American gets into the top 100 at age 27 after upsetting former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the first round, and Jelena Ostapenko in the third round. She also banked a tidy $280,000 US, which will help her going forward).

Catherine McNally (USA): No. 121 ==============> No. 105 (The 17-year-old American made a splash at the US Open by taking Serena Williams to three sets).

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Cori Gauff (USA): No. 140 ==============> No. 106 (Gauff got a lot of attention at the US Open, reaching the third round. She’s allowed three more tournaments until she turns 16 next March, and none are scheduled to be this year).

ON THE DOWNSWING

Naomi Osaka (JPN): No. 1 ==============> No. 4 (All in all, it could have been worse, as Osaka next hits … Osaka).

Simona Halep (ROU): No. 4 ==============> No. 6 

Sloane Stephens (USA): No. 10 ==============> No. 14 (Stephens drops out of the top 10 the first time since the Miami Open in 2018).

Madison Keys (USA): No. 9 ==============> No. 16

Anastasija Sevastova (LAT): No. 11 ==============> No. 18 (Sevastova was a semifinalist a year ago, lost in the third round to Petra Martic this year).

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Marketa Vondrousova (SVK): No. 17 ==============> No. 22 (The 20-year-old from the Czech Republic reached the French Open final. But she’s barely played since. She played two matches at Eastbourne, lost in the first round of Wimbledon to Madison Brengle, and skipped the hard-court season entirely because of a left wrist injury (she’s a lefty). She just pulled out of Osaka next week, too).

Caroline Garcia (FRA): No. 27 ==============> No. 31

Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP): No. 33 ==============> No. 44 (Not only did Suárez Navarro get dinged for $40,000 for playing the US Open and retiring after the first set, her ranking drops as well).

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Venus Williams (USA): No. 52 ==============> No. 56 (The 39-year-old has been given wild cards into the Premier 5 in Wuhan and the Premier Mandatory in Beijing).

Iga Swiatek (POL): No. 49 ==============> No. 57

Lesia Tsurenko (UKR): No. 40 ==============> No. 68 (Tsurenko was a quarterfinalist a year ago, losing to eventual champion Osaka. But she’s been out for awhile with an elbow injury, and couldn’t defend her points from a quarterfinal in Cincinnati, either).

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Where is Cibukova? She’s been out of sight since the French Open. (Stephanie Myles/Tennis.Life)

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK): No. 70 ==============> No. 96 (She looks busy with an academy back home, but Cibulkova hasn’t played since losing in the first round of the French Open about 4 1/2 months ago. And from what we can see, she hasn’t entered anything else the rest of the season).

Vera Zvonareva (RUS): No. 85 ==============> No. 102 (Zvonareva, who worked so hard to get back into the top 100, has slid out after being off the court since losing in the first round of Rome and the French Open. She also has a left injury (although she’s a righty, with a two-handed backhand).

Kaia Kanepi (EST): No. 81 ==============> No. 109

Aleksandra Krunic (SRB): No. 97 ==============> No. 122

Mona Barthel (GER): No. 102 ==============> No. 130

Maria Sharapova (RUS): No. 87 ==============> No. 135 (Her ranking is sort of irrelevant, as she can get top-20 wild cards. Still, it’s not a number she’d want to look at).

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN): No. 119 ==============> No. 151 (The Canadian is out of the top 150. And she has cancelled her planned efforts to play on the Asian circuit. Bouchard pulled out of Nanchang this week and Guangzhou next week (where she was in the qualifying). She also withdrew from Wuhan, where she was a long way from the main draw but, had she entered the qualifying, might have squeezed in by the the it came around. Her new status puts her way down the list for Linz and Luxembourg – where we’re told she has an ongoing deal to appear in Luxembourg, so she’ll need a wild card. Meanwhile, the former No. 5 has entered a $60,000 ITF event in Templeton, Calif. the week of Sept. 23 but not, so far, a similar event in Charleston the following week. She also has entered $80Ks in Macon, Georgia and Tyler, Texas in late October/early November).

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Bouchard is out of the top 150 after the US Open. (Stephanie Myles/Tennis.Life)

Francoise Abanda (CAN): No. 278 ==============> No. 351 (An awful drop for Abanda, who lost in the first round of US Open qualifying to Sachia Vickery, whom she had beaten a few weeks before at the Granby Challenger. Abanda reached the final round of qualifying in New York last year, and the quarters at the Challenger in Chicago the next week. So that was 65 points off the docket. She, too, will return to action on the ITF circuit and try to reverse the curve).

The race to Shenzhen

Andreescu also moves to No. 4 with a rocket in the race to the year-end championships in Shenzhen, China.

For the complete WTA rankings picture, click here.

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