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WTA Rankings: Ons Jabeur Is Back To No.7 As Pegula Moves Closer To Breaking Into Top 10

The Tunisian equals her best ranking and is vying for the top 5. The American rises to No. 11

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2022-04-28 MUTUA MADRID OPEN 2022 CAJA MAGICA MADRID ( SPAIN ) WTA ONS JABEUR OF TUNISIA PHOTO: ANGEL MARTINEZ / MMO

By Claudio Girardelli, translated by Kingsley Elliot Kaye 

The Mutua Madrid Open has crowned the first African winner of a WTA 1000, the Tunisian Ons Jabeur. After Iga Swiatek withdrew, all eyes were on other players: Paula Badosa, home player and second seed, as well as last year semi-finalist, and Aryna Sabalenka, title holder and third seed. Both were prematurely ousted. Badosa was defeated by a rejuvenated Simona Halep in the first round whereas Sabalenka lost in the second to Amanda Anisimova. Until Madrid Jabeur had only one title under her belt: Birmingham Classic 2021. 

In her post-match press conference Ons said that the tournament this week in Rome is a great opportunity to move up even higher in the ranking and enter the top 5. She didn’t take part in the Italian Open last year and she could gain several points if she were to reach the final stages. It will also depend on the results of the players close to her: Kontaveit, Pliskova, Sabalenka.  

TOP 50

WTA Rank  +/-PlayerTournaments PlayedPoints
10Iga Swiatek177061
2+1Barbora Krejcikova195011
3-1Paula Badosa274720
4+1Maria Sakkari184596
5+1Anett Kontaveit214446
6+1Karolina Pliskova164152
7+3Ons Jabeur193895
8-4Aryna Sabalenka203721
9-1Danielle Collins183211
10-1Garbiñe Muguruza183135
11+3Jessica Pegula203040
12-1Emma Raducanu222914
13-1Jelena Ostapenko192725
14-1Belinda Bencic192466
15+1Coco Gauff192410
16+1Victoria Azarenka162336
17+1Elena Rybakina242316
18+2Leylah Fernandez242191
190Angelique Kerber152178
20-5Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova112092
210Simona Halep172067
220Madison Keys191958
230Daria Kasatkina221825
240Tamara Zidansek201712
25+1Liudmila Samsonova281682
26+1Sorana Cirstea231670
27+Elina Svitolina211642
28-3Veronika Kudermetova221635
29+6Jil Teichmann231623
30+1Camila Giorgi211612
31+14Ekaterina Alexandrova221576
32+1Amanda Anisimova201525
33-5Elise Mertens211446
34-4Petra Kvitova211440
35-3Marketa Vondrousova201422
36+1Anhelina Kalinina331357
37+10Sara Sorribes Tormo231345
38-2Naomi Osaka111296
39-5Alizé Cornet241295
40+4Yulia Putintseva241231
41-3Ajla Tomljanovic231216
42-2Shuai Zhang361210
43-1Alison Riske251201
44-3Clara Tauson281199
45+6Katerina Siniakova201171
46+9Kaia Kanepi211150
47+11Petra Martic211143
480Shelby Rogers261134
49-6Sloane Stephens161128
500Aliaksandra Sasnovich211123
  • In the top 10 Barbora Krejcikova overtakes Paula Badosa and is back at No.2. Aryna Sabalenka drops 4 positions and precipitates to No.8. Maria Sakkari (+1, No.4), Anett Kontaveit (+1, No.5) and Karolina Pliskova (+1, No.6), take advantage of such a setback. Pliskova has only won two matches so far in her troubled 2022. The title in Madrid chauffeurs Ons Jabeur to No. 7 (+3). Danielle Collins (No.9) and Muguruza (No.10) lost one position.
  • In the top 20, Jessica Pegula (No.11) gains three positions and reaches her career best. The American is just 95 points away from tenth place, but next week will be dropping the points she earned with her quarter-final in Rome in 2021. Leylah Fernandez (No.17) moves up two positions while Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova loses 5 and falls to No. 20. In a few weeks the Russian will have to defend the final she reached in Paris at the French Open one year ago.
  • With regard to positions from No.21 to No.50, Jil Teichmann (+6, No.29), Ekaterina Alexandrova (+14, No.31), Sara Sorribes Tormo (+10, No.37), Katerina Siniakova (+6, N.45), Kaia Kanepi (+9, No.45) and Petra Martic (+11, No.46) are definitely on the rise. Elise Mertens (-5, No.33), Petra Kvitova (-4, No.34), Alizé Cornet (-5, No.39) and Sloane Stephens (-6, No.49) slightly retreated.

Tereza Martincova (-4, No.53), Viktorija Golubic (-17, No.56) and Jasmine Paolini (-9, No.55) drop out of the top 50. The best movers in the top 100 are Beatriz Haddad Maia (+13, No.52), Marie Bouzkova (+9, No.68), Dayana Yastremska (+12, No.80), Bianca Andreescu (+21, No.90), Danka Kovinic (+23, No.91) and the young German Jule Niemeier (+16, No.94)

Camila Osorio (-5, No.55), Madison Brengle (-7, No.61), Karolina Muchova (-11, No.78) and Lauren Davis (-12, No.102) are struggling. Beyond the top 100, Jennifer Brady, a former No.13 who is currently off the tour due to a left-foot injury, loses 105 positions and is No.279. On the other side Taylor Townsend, back on tour after giving birth to baby boy Adyn Aubrey in March, wins the W100 Charleston ITF and succeeds in a +406 bound that lands her at No.333.

NEXT GEN RANKING

The first 9 positions of the ranking dedicated to players born after January 2002 are unchanged. The18-year-old German Nastasja Schunk, thanks to the 63 positions gained with her final in the W100 Wiesbaden ITF, enters the top 10.

Position+/-PlayerYOBWTA Rank
10Emma Raducanu200212
20Cori Gauff200415
0Leylah Fernandez200218
40Clara Tauson200244
50Marta Kostyuk200259
60Qinwen Zheng200273
70Diane Parry200296
80Daria Snigur2002143
90Elina Avanesyan2002146
10Natasja Schunk2003165

RACE

Huge surge for the two finalists of the WTA 1000 Mutua Madrid Open. Ons Jabeur soars to No.2, a 10-position leap. Jessica Pegula rises to No.4, gaining 7 places. Ekaterina Alexandrova (+18, No.18) enters the top 20, and Jil Teichmann, another achiever of the week, (+26, No.22) is just a step away.

Position+/-PlayerTournaments PlayedPts
10Iga Swiatek84390
2+10Ons Jabeur91925
3-1Paula Badosa101772
4+7Jessica Pegula91697
5-2Maria Sakkari81676
6-2Danielle Collins51581
7-2Anett Kontaveit81485
8-2Madison Keys91382
9+1Simona Halep71311
10-2Belinda Bencic81261
11-4Jelena Ostapenko81166
12-3Veronika Kudermetova91142
13+4Amanda Anisimova81026
14-1Naomi Osaka5990
15+1Elena Rybakina10942
16-2Barbora Krejcikova4895
17-2Aryna Sabalenka10877
18+18Ekaterina Alexandrova9851
190Daria Kasatkina9781
20-2Sorana Cirstea10746

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Sebastian Korda reaches his second semifinal of the season in s’Hertogenbosh

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Sebastian Korda beat Tommy Paul 6-4 6-2 in 67 minutes to reach his second ATP Tour semifinal of the season at Libema Open in s’Hertogenbosh. 

Korda hit 18 winners and won 84% of his first serve points. Korda earned his first break in the third game of the first set to take a 2-1 lead. Paul broke straight back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Korda broke for the second time in the seventh game to win the first set 6-4. Korda broke twice in the third and seventh game to close out the second set 6-2. 

Korda has improved his head-to-head record against Paul to 4-1. 

Korda reached the semifinal on grass at Queen’s in 2023. The US player is is aiming to win his first ATP Tour title since 2021, when he won in Parma on clay. 

Korda set up a semifinal clash against defending champion Tallon Griekspoor, who ccame back from one set down to beat Alexandar Vukic 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7-3). Griekspoor has won his past eight matches at this tournament. 

Vukic broke in the ninth game to win the first set 6-4. Griekspoor earned his first break in the sixth game of the second set to win the second set 6-3. The third set went on serve with no breaks en route to the tie-break. Griekspoor earned two mini-breaks to open up a 4-1 lead in the tie-break. Vukic pulled one of the two mini-breaks, but Griekspoor held on his serve and sealed the tie-break on his first match point.

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Alex De Minaur beat Milos Raonic7-5 6-2 in 1 hour and 26 minutes. De Minaur has improved to 3-0 in his head-to-head matches against Raonic, who was playing in just his fourth tournament of he year.

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Emma Raducanu - Cincinnati 2022 (foto Twitter @cincytennis)

Emma Raducanu has no regrets about her decision to skip the French Open and now believes she is in a ‘really fit place’ ahead of Wimbledon. 

The former US Open champion opted to end her clay season earlier than other players to focus on fitness and training with her coach. Raducanu stated earlier this year that her primary focus in 2024 is on her health after undergoing a series of wrist and ankle surgeries last year which sidelined her for months. 

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“Body-wise, physical-wise, I feel really healthy,” she said on Monday.
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“I think my wrists are actually in a better position than they ever were. So there’s zero doubt or apprehension whether I’m hitting the ball or designing my schedule,” she explained.
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At the Nottingham Open, she will play her first match on Tuesday against Japanese qualifier Ena Shibahara. 

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Jack Draper – ATP Monaco di Baviera 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

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While the Austrian won 75% on his first serve, Draper won a whopping 89% behind his first delivery as well as hitting eight aces. These kind of service stats will surely take him far during the grass court season.

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