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WTA Rankings: Belinda Bencic is back in the top 15, Kudermetova and Osorio plunge

The two 2021 title holders in Charleston and Bogota lose ground. Belinda Bencic gains 8 positions. Tatjana Maria makes great progress and once again approaches the top 100, with a 123 position-bound.



by Claudio Girardelli, translated by Kingsley Elliot Kaye

Last week the two tournaments where players could battle were the Credit One Charleston Open (WTA 500) and Colsanitas presentado por Zurich in Bogota (wta 250).

In 2021 Charleston was won by Veronika Kudermetova and Bogota by Camila Osorio. The runner-ups were Danka Kovinic and Harmony Tan respectively. Neither defending champion managed to repeat success. Veronika Kudermetova withdrew at the last moment due to illness and unfortunately dropped 415 points. That’s a pity, as she had been getting closer and closer, week after week, to the top 20. Camila Osorio was surprisingly ousted in the semifinals by local hero Laura Pigossi, who, after qualifying, had already knocked out the 2021 runner up Harmony Tan in the first round. The title was won by another qualifier, former No. 46, Tatjana Maria. 2000 miles northward, on the green clay of Charleston, Belinda Bencic captured her sixth title, returning to victory after her gold medal in Tokyo 2020. She beat Ons Jabeur in an entertaining match. The Tunisian, though disappointed with missing her chance to obtain a second career title, consolidated her top10 standing.

WTA Rank+/-PlayerTournaments PlayedPoints
10Iga Swiatek166711
20Barbora Krejcikova254975
30Paula Badosa294885
4+1Aryna Sabalenka204711
5-1Maria Sakkari184705
60Anett Kontaveit214511
70Karolina Pliskova164252
80Danielle Collins173151
9+1Ons Jabeur193095
10-1Garbiñe Muguruza183070
110Jelena Ostapenko202805
120Emma Raducanu202698
13+8Belinda Bencic202561
14-1Jessica Pegula202510
15-1Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova122473
16-1Coco Gauff202300
17-1Angelique Kerber152297
18-1Victoria Azarenka162281
19-1Elena Rybakina232261
200Simona Halep182156
21-2Leylah Fernandez252151
22+2Madison Keys191958
23+2Elise Mertens211840
24+2Sorana Cirstea231840
25+2Elina Svitolina221836
26+2Daria Kasatkina221770
27-4Tamara Zidansek201756
28+1Petra Kvitova211690
29-7Veronika Kudermetova221675
300Camila Giorgi191603
310Liudmila Samsonova271532
320Marketa Vondrousova201457
33+14Amanda Anisimova201320
340Alizé Cornet261315
350Naomi Osaka111296
36+6Anhelina Kalinina391278
370Jil Teichmann221269
380Clara Tauson301249
39+1Viktorija Golubic281211
40+14Ekaterina Alexandrova221211
410Shuai Zhang361210
42-3Ajla Tomljanovic231206
430Alison Riske251201
44-8Sloane Stephens161183
450Katerina Siniakova211166
46-2Shelby Rogers281164
47-14Camila Osorio311164
480Jasmine Paolini311159
490Sara Sorribes Tormo221135
500Tereza Martincova301128

In the top50 we can notice that:

  • in the top10, Aryna Sabalenka gains one position and overtakes Maria Sakkari. As she had no points to drop, in spite of losing in the third round to Anisimova in Charleston, where she was the top seed, the 55 points she earned allowed her to reclaim No.4 . Ons Jabeur, thanks to her final, overtakes Muguruza and moves up to No.9.
  • Belinda Bencic (+8, No.13) storms back into the top20. Leylah Fernandez (-2, No.21) drops out: although she was due to drop only 30 points, she needed to reach the second round at Charleston to remain ahead of Simona Halep (No.20).
  • Having a glance at the top50 Veronika Kudermetova (-7, No.29) and Camila Osorio (-14, No.47) plummet. Also Sloane Stephens (-8, No.44) and Yulia Putintseva (-6, No.52) lost ground. Amanda Anisimova (+14, No.33) and Ekaterina Alexandrova (+14, No.40) are on the rise, just like Anhelina Kalinina (+6, No.36), who ups her career best.

Below the top50, Magda Linette (+6, n.58), Dayana Yastremska (+9, No.93) and Kamilla Rakhimova (+15, No.96) move up nicely. Danka Kovinic (-33, No.98) and Harmony Tan (-17, No.107) see their ranking slump.

Beyond the top100, outstanding success for Tatjana Maria (+123, No.114), Laura Pigossi (+86, No.126) and Coco Vandeweghe (+40, n.128). Elina Avanesyan (+24, No.124) and Linda Fruhvirtova (+18, No.170) also gained positions.


In Next Gen Ranking, dedicated to the players born after 1st January 2002, the first 8 positions are unchanged. Elina Avanesyan and Olivia Gadecki swap 9th and 10th place.

Position+/-PlayerYOBWTA Rank
10Emma Raducanu200212
20Cori Gauff200416
30Leylah Fernandez200221
40Clara Tauson200238
50Marta Kostyuk200253
60Qinwen Zheng200271
70Diane Parry200299
80Daria Snigur2002144
9+1Elina Avanesyan2002146
10-1Olivia Gadecki2002168


Belinda Bencic (+6, No.8) and Ons Jabeur (+11, No.14) are the achievers of the week. Petra Kvitova falls out of the top20 (-3, No.23).

Position+/-PlayerTournaments PlayedPoints
10Iga Swiatek63920
20Maria Sakkari61610
3+1Paula Badosa81522
4-1Danielle Collins41516
50Anett Kontaveit61385
60Madison Keys81372
70Jelena Ostapenko71156
8+6Belinda Bencic71141
9-1Simona Halep61096
10-1Jessica Pegula81047
11-1Veronika Kudermetova7952
12-1Naomi Osaka4925
13-1Barbora Krejcikova6895
14+11Ons Jabeur7825
15+1Amanda Anisimova7811
16-3Elena Rybakina8767
17+1Kaia Kanepi5645
18-3Sorana Cirstea8626
19-2Daria Kasatkina7606
20-1Elise Mertens7576

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