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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.

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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.

NEXT GEN RANKING

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

RACE

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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Daniil Medvedev ‘Happy To Play Wimbledon’ If Ban Is Lifted

The world No.2 says he is willing to speak with other players about the situation ahead of his return to action following surgery.

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Daniil Medvedev (RUS) in action against Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) in the first round of the Gentlemen's Singles on No.1 Court at The Championships 2021. Held at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. Day 2 Tuesday 29/06/2021. Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

Daniil Medvedev says he is still hopeful that he might be able to play at this year’s Wimbledon Championships should officials at The All England Club decide to change their stance.

 

At present the reigning US Open champion will not be allowed to play at the grass court major due to his nationality. Officials at the Grand Slam have confirmed that Russian and Belarussian players have been banned from the event due to the war in Ukraine. Ian Hewitt, who is the chairman of The AELTC, said the action was taken in order to prevent ‘the propaganda machine of the Russian regime’ from potentially benefiting from their players’ success.

The ban is a controversial move for the sport which until now had a united approach when it came to allowing those players participate in tournaments but only as neutral athletes. Former Wimbledon champions Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokopvic and Andy Murray have all expressed some degree of opposition to the decision. Meanwhile, the ATP and WTA are considering the possibility of removing the allocation of ranking points at the event.

Speaking about the ban ahead of this week’s Geneva Open, Medvedev acknowledges that it is a ‘tricky situation’ but is still hopeful that a u-turn could occur which would allow him to play. The 26-year-old has made four main draw appearances at Wimbledon with his best result being a run to the fourth round last year.

“There has been a lot of talk around it. I just tried to follow what’s happening because I don’t have any decisions to make. It’s right now about Wimbledon itself, the ATP, maybe the British government is involved,” news agency AFP quoted Medvedev as telling reporters in Switzerland.
“It’s a tricky situation and like every situation in life, you ask 100 players, everybody’s going to give a different opinion.
“I can play: I’m going to be happy to play in Wimbledon. I love this tournament.
“I cannot play: well, I’m going to try to play other tournaments and prepare well for next year if I have the chance to play.”

The former world No.1 has been among a group of Russian players who have previously called for peace in the region. Although none of them have gone as far as publicly condemning the actions of their government. Something which has drawn criticism from Ukraine’s Elina Svitoliva.

“I had some time to follow what is happening, yeah, it’s very upsetting,” Medvedev commented on the war.

Geneva will be the first event Medvedev has played in since reaching the quarter-finals of the Miami Open. He took time away from the Tour to undergo hernia surgery but has confirmed he intends to play at next week’s French Open despite his lack of match play on the clay.

During his time at those events, the tennis star says he is more than happy to speak with other players about the Wimbledon ban should they want to.

“Since I haven’t been on the tour, I haven’t talked to any of them face to face. It was the first time when I came here on Saturday when I can talk to players, and if they start talking about this, we can discuss,” he said.
“I don’t know exactly what’s happening, what’s going to happen, if there are going to be more decisions made.
“Same about Wimbledon. I don’t know if this decision is 100 percent, and it’s over.”

Granted a bye in the first round, Medvedev will start his Geneva campaign against either Richard Gasquet or John Millman.

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Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic win their fourth ATP Masters 1000 doubles title

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Defending champions Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic battled past John Isner and Diego Schwartzman 6-2 6-7 (6-7) 12-10 to claim their fourth ATP Masters 1000 doubles title together at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. 

 

Mektic and Pavic broke twice to win a one-sided opening set 6-2. Both teams went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break of the second set. The Croatians earned a championship point at 6-5 in the tie-break, but Schwartzman hit a pair of forehand winners to force a Match Tie-Break. 

Both teams did not convert match points before Mektic and Pavic won the final two points to seal the Match Tie-Break 11-9. 

Isner became the first player to reach three Masters 1000 doubles finals with three different players in the same year. The US player won two consecutive Sunshine Double trophies in Indian Wells with Jack Sock and the Miami Open with Hubert Hurkacz.  Mektic and Pavic won nine ATP Tour titles last year and finished the 2021 season as the world number 1 team in the ATP Doubles Rannking. They had not won a title so far in 2022 before the Rome tournament, but they showed their form this week, as they dropped just one set during the tournament. The Croatian Doubles team beat Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli 6-3 7-6 (7-5) in the semifinal on Saturday.

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Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina Announces Pregnancy

Tennis’ power couple are set to become parents later this year.

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Former world No.3 Elina Svitoliva has announced that she is expecting a baby girl in October on social media.

 

The 27-year-old made the announcement on Sunday morning with a picture of her and her husband, French tennis star Gael Monfils. Known by some as the sports ‘power couple,’ the two tied the knot last July in Geneva ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games after first going public about their relationship in 2019. They even have their own Instagram account called ‘g.e.m.s. life’ which has more than 139,000 followers.

“With a heart full of love and happiness, we are delighted to announce that we are expecting a baby girl in October,” the couple wrote on Twitter.

Svitolina hadn’t played on the Tour since losing to Heather Watson at the Miami Open in March after deciding to take time away from the sport due to events happening in her home country. Russia launched a military operation against Ukraine earlier this year which has claimed thousands of lives. Svitolina is one of the sport’s most outspoken players regarding the conflict. She has previously spoken out against the decision to ban Russian and Belarussian athletes from Wimbledon by arguing that they should be allowed to participate if they condemn the actions of their home countries.

We don’t want them banned completely,” Svitolina told BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast.
“If players don’t speak out against the Russian government then it is the right thing to ban them.”

Prior to announcing her pregnancy, Svitolina has achieved a win-loss record of 5-8 on the Tour this season with her best runs being to the third round of the Australian Open and the quarter-finals of a WTA event in Monterrey.

During her career, the Ukrainian has won 16 WTA titles and reached the semi-finals of two Grand Slams during 2019.

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