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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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Jannik Sinner continues his winning streak at the Sofia Open

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Jannik Sinner cruised past Portugal’s Nuno Borges 6-3 6-4 in 1 hour and 26 minutes to continue his winning streak at the Sofia Open, where he won two consecutive titles in 2020 and 2021. Sinner has extended his winning streak to 10-0 in Sofia.

 

Sinner converted his second break in the second game and held serve to earn a 3-0 lead. The Italian player held his next service games to close out the first set 6-3. 

Sinner went up a break in the third game to take a 3-1 lead and sealed the win on his first match point. 

“Today’s match was tough, as always at the beginning of the tournament. I served well in the important moment. I am happy. It is a special place for me. Here I won my first title. I hope to play well in the next round as well. I don’t think about it so much. I always try to improve in every match. At the end of the year we will see. Every challenge is important. I am happy for today”, said Sinner. 

Sinner set up a quarter final against Alexander Vukic, who came back from one set down to beat Fernando Verdasco 1-6 6-4 6-3. Verdasco broke three times to win the first set 6-1. 

Vukic broke serve in the ninth game to win the second set 6-4. The Australian player broke serve in the fifth and ninth game to close out the third set 6-3. 

Holger Rune came back from one set down to beat Lorenzo Sonego 6-7 (1-7) 6-4 6-3 at the Sofia Open ATP 250 Tournament in a hard-fought match reaching his sixth tour-level quarter final this season.

Rune hit 38 winners and won 85% of his first serve points against Sonego, who won his ATP Tour level in Metz last week. 

Sonego did not convert a break point in the second game of the first set. The Italian player saved a break point in the fifth game. The first set went on serve en route to the tie-break. Rune earned three mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-1. 

Rune sealed the second set 6-4 with a break at deuce in the 10th game. The Danish player broke serve in the eighth game and closed out the win on his first match point. 

Rune is currently fourth in the ATP Race to Milan and is looking to qualify for the Intesa San Paolo Next Gen ATP Finals for the second consecutive year. The Danish player won his first ATP Tour title in Munich and reached the quarter final at Roland Garros before losing to Casper Ruud. 

Rune will face a quarter final against Ilya Ivashka. 

“I feel very good. Today was a tough match. Lorenzo won a title last week in Metz, so he had a lot of confidence. I took my chances, played well and stayed in the in the moment, so I am proud”, said Rune.  

Jan Lennard Struff cruised past Ugo Humbert 6-3 6-1 setting up a quarter final match against Lorenzo Musetti, who is seeking his first semifinal of the season. Kamil Majchrzak rallied from one set down to beat Oscar Otte 4-6 6-2 6-4 reaching his third quarter final of the season. Majchrzak will face Marc Andrea Huesler, who knocked out Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3 3-6 6-2 with three breaks of serve after 1 hour and 44 minutes.

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Lorenzo Sonego continues his winning streak with a victory over Barnabe Zapata Miralles in Sofia

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Lorenzo Sonego beat Barnabe Zapata Miralles 6-3 6-4 after 1 hour and 19 minutes to reach the second round at the Sofia Open. Sonego won 86% of his first serve points. 

 

Sonego broke serve in the second game at 30, but he missed a double break point in the third game. The Italian player dropped just three points in his next three service games to close out the first set 6-3.  

Sonego broke serve in the ninth game at love, as Zapata Miralles made a double fault. He made a double fault and a forehand error at 5-4, but he won four consecutive points to close out the second set on his first match point. 

Last week Sonego won his title in Metz without dropping a set. 

Sonego will face Danish Next Gen player Holger Rune in the second round. 

“I am really happy because today I was really aggressive on court. I played so well. I did my best thing today. I am really happy for that. Zapata is a big wall. He served really well, but I started so good today, with good variation. The key was my performance on serve, and to be aggressive on serve”, said Sonego. 

Lorenzo Musetti battled past Alexander Lazarov 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (10-8) 6-2 after 2 hours and 42 minutes. 

The first set went on serve with no break points. Lazarov earned his mini-break at 4-2 to win the tie-break 7-5. Musetti saved two break points at 4-4. The Italian player wasted a set point at 5-4 on Lazarov’s serve and dropped his serve in the next game. Lazarov earned his chance to close out the match at 6-5, but he was broken at 30. Musetti went up a 4-1 lead in the tie-break, but Lazarov  won four consecutive points to take a 5-4 lead. Lazarov had the chance to close the match, but he dropped two points on serve.  Musetti sealed the tie-break on his fourth set point. 

Musetti earned two breaks and held his next service games to win the third set 6-2. 

Ilya Ivashka upset Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 7-6 (7-3) after 1 hour and 52 minutes to reach the quarter finals. Ivashka saved all seven break points he faced. Dimitrov saved two match points in the second set forcing the match to the tie-break. Ivashka earned two mini-breaks to take a 7-3 lead. 

Ivashka will face either Sonego or Rune in the quarter final. 

“It was a very tough match and I am very happy that I got the victory at the end. It is very hard to play against Grigor, especially at his home”, said Ivashka.  

Fernando Vedasco edged past Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-6 (7-1) 7-5 to set up a second round match against Alexander Vukic. 

Jan Lennard Struff came back from a set down to beat Dusan Lajovic 4-6 6-3 6-2. 

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Playing Clay Events After Wimbledon Was A Mistake, Says Diego Schwartzman

The former French Open semi-finalist is seeking to win his first title since March 2021 at the Tel Aviv Open this week.

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Diego Schwartzman (Roberto Dell'Olivo)

Diego Schwartzman will likely reevaluate his schedule for next year after admitting that part of his plans for this summer backfired. 

 

The world No.17 enters into the final quarter of the season with 31 wins against 22 losses on the Tour but is yet to win a title. Although he did reach back-to-back finals back in February in Argentina and Brazil. He has won two out of eight matches against top 10 opposition, defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas at the ATP Cup and Felix Auger-Aliassime in Barcelona. 

Reflecting on his performance, Schwartzman admits that his decision to return to European clay after playing at Wimbledon was a mistake. He lost his second match in Gstaad to Pablo Carreno Busta and then his first in Hamburg to Emil Ruusuvori. 

“It’s difficult to play at the same level every tournament, I’ve made a bad decision playing clay tournaments after Wimbledon, I didn’t have time to rest,” he said during his pre-tournament press conference at the Tel Aviv Open. “I paid the price and had some bad losses. But I started to feel much better in USA hard court season, lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas who reached the final in Cincinnati and to Frances Tiafoe at the US Open. Now I am feeling very good, I really love playing indoor tournaments.”

The 30-year-old has headed straight to Tel Aviv from the Laver Cup where Roger Federer played the last match of his career. Despite Schwartzman’s Team World winning the title for the first time, his only contribution to the tie saw him lose 6-1, 6-2, to Tsitsipas. 

Retirement was very much the topic of conversation during the Laver Cup with others such as Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic questioned by reporters about their plans in the sport. As for Schwartzman, he stayed coy about how much longer he would continue playing after saying in the past he might stop at the age of 33. 

“33 — is a good age to retire, isn’t it? South Americans are in different situations compared to European players. We travel too much, and sometimes we are not coming back home for 2-3 months, while Europeans can fly home every week. It’s tough,” he said. 
“As for Roger — he’s a special player, I think he is just the greatest in our sport.”

The Argentine is seeded third this week in Israel and will begin his campaign against Arthur Rinderknech who defeated qualifier Marius Copil in his opening match. 

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