It’s a quiet week, as all of the Shenzhen and Zhuhai points already disappeared a week ago.
But Kiki Bertens, who just missed out on qualifying for the WTA Tour Finals, provisionally moved back up to No. 7 after reaching the final of the “consolation event” in Zhuhai.
(Note that these rankings are taken from the “live rankings”, as the WTA doesn’t release an updated list this week. Having removed all the year-end tournament points last week, the numbers will have extra impact next Monday with the end of the WTA Tour Finals, and the “official” year-end rankings.
(They’re not the true year-end rankings, though, as there are a lot more ITF tournaments to come before 2019 is done).
Belinda Bencic is just 30 points behind Bertens, and Elina Svitolina just 135 points behind.
Zhuhai champion Aryna Sabalenka will get three spots back, after winning Zhuhai. But she will finish out of the top 10 by a wide margin.
ON THE UPSWING
Kiki Bertens (NED): No. 10 ========> No. 7
Aryna Sabalenka (BLR): No. 14 ========> No. 11
Karolina Muchova (CZE): No. 26 ========> No. 21 (The Zhuhai semifinalist completes the season at a career high).
Dayana Yastremska (UKR): No. 24 ========> No. 22 (The 19-year-old also will finish at a career high. We hear she’ll be having nose surgery to start her off-season)
Saisai Zheng (CHN): No. 40 ========> No. 35 (The 25-year-old makes the Zhuhai semis as the wild card No. 12 seed, and finishes on a career high).
Cori Gauff (USA): No. 69 ========> No. 68 (She didn’t play, but will move up one spot to another career high).
Nina Stojanovic (SRB): No. 101 ========> No. 83 (The Poitiers champion began the season at No. 244: now, she’ll be straight into a Grand Slam for the first time – actually, in a main draw for the first, period – in Australia).
Danka Kovinic (MNE): No. 108 ========> No. 86 (The former No. 46 wins the ITF in Hungary and punches her ticket to Melbourne. She was at No. 182 to start the season).
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU): No. 111 ========> No. 97 (The Romanian has had an up-and-down season, but reaching the final in Hungary did her ranking a lot of good).
Robin Anderson (USA): No. 177 ========> No. 156 (The American collegian, aged 26, reaches a career high after reaching the Saguenay final).
Shelby Rogers (USA): No. 217 ========> No. 179 (Moving up, and also getting off to a good start in the USTA Oz Open wild card challenge by reaching the final in Macon).
Océane Dodin (FRA): No. 232 ========> No. 198 (The hard-hitting Frenchwoman, sidelined with vertigo for big chunks of the season, reaches the Poitiers semifinal).
Leylah Annie Fernandez (CAN): No. 242 ========> No. 203 (The 17-year-old gets the points from her Waco final and her Saguenay quarterfinal added on, and reaches a new career high – and is now No. 2 in Canada).
Indy De Vroome (NED): No. 358 ========> No. 270 (The former No. 7 junior, who has missed much of the last 2 1/2 years with Lyme Disease, wins in Saguenay and jumps into the top 300).
Katerina Stewart (USA): No. 471 ========> No. 279 (Still just 22, the American makes a move by reaching the Macon final).
Irina Falconi (USA): No. 9999 ========> No. 701 (Back from an unofficial year-long retirement, former No. 63 Falconi rises from the ITF’s interpretation of an “infinity” ranking (9999) to No. 701 with a quarterfinal effort in Macon).
Storm Sanders (AUS): No. 9999 ========> No. 845 (The 25-year-old from Australia, who had been playing on a protected ranking mostly in doubles, qualifies and reaches the Bendigo quarterfinals and gets back on the rankings chart).
Sara Tomic (AUS): No. 952 ========> No. 849 (Bernie’s 21-year-old sister is still playing, and made the second round in Bendigo. She had moved up 132 spots last week as well).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Sofia Kenin (USA): No. 12 ========> No. 14 (Kenin is an alternate in Shenzhen this week).
Amanda Anisimova (USA): No. 21 ========> No. 24
Sloane Stephens (USA): No. 23 ========> No. 25 (It’ll be back to the drawing board in 2020).
Viktorija Golubic (SUI): No. 65 ========> No. 81
Natalia Vikhlyantseva (RUS): No. 100 ========> No. 112 (The 22-year-old Russian got as high as No. 54 a year ago. But now she’ll scramble to make it into Melbourne).
Monica Niculescu (ROU): No. 105 ========> No. 117 (It’s been a tough year for the 32-year-old Romanian).
Varvara Lepchenko (USA): No. 135 ========> No. 170 (She’ll be looking to try for the USTA wild card. But there may have been an injury in Macon last week).
Allie Kiick (USA): No. 151 ========> No. 175 (The American won in Cucuta – but dropped 24 spots).
Katherine Sebov (CAN): No. 192 ========> No. 260 (Sebov lost in the first round in Waco and the second round in Dallas, but had a ton of points to defend from a year ago).
Rebecca Marino (CAN): No. 280 ========> No. 283 (The comeback once seemed so promising. But Marino hasn’t played since Granby in July, except for one match at the PanAm Games).
Mari Osaka (USA): No. 305 ========> No. 333 (It’s not much fun being the older sister, as Osaka is playing ITFs in Australia but lost in the first round last week).