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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




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.  

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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.


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


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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Injury-Hit Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova Reaches French Open Quarters



Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova said ‘anything is possible’ after winning her marathon fourth round match against Elise Mertens at the French Open on Sunday. 


Pavlychenkova, who reached the finals of Roland Garros in 2021, bounced back from a set down to beat 28th seed Elise Mertens 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-3, after more than three hours of play. The Russian struggled early on in the match after winning just two out of her first six service games. She found herself down 3-6, 1-3 (0-40), at one stage before producing a triumphant comeback. Overall, she hit 50 winners alongside 48 unforced errors. 

“I’m really proud of myself. It was an incredible match,” Pavlychenova said on the court afterwards. “Losing the first set and in the end, finding the strength to win.’
“I’m glad to be here playing on this court (Phillippe Chartier) again, especially after my injury. I didn’t play for a year so I am very happy to be here.”

The win comes after what has been a turbulent battle for Pavlychenkova over the past year with her fitness. In 2022 she missed eight months of the Tour due to a serious knee injury which prohibited her from walking or even sitting down. Fearing for the future of her career, she underwent successful knee surgery. 

Since beginning her comeback in January, the 31-year-old had only won eight matches in nine tournaments played, which include two at the ITF level, coming into Paris. Despite this, she has regained her form at Roland Garros with Mertens being the third consecutive top 30 player she has beaten after Liudmila Samsonova and Anastasia Potapova. 

“I was sure that I could do that,” she commented on her resurgence. “I’ve enjoyed playing here in Paris ever since I was a junior, especially on this court. I think mentally I am stronger than before. We will see where it goes from here.”

A former world No.11 player, Pavlychenkova’s belief in her game is still as high as ever as she refuses to rule out the possibility that she could stun the tournament by lifting the trophy next Sunday. 

“I think anything is possible, that’s why I’m here and that’s why I came back after my injury,” she stated. 
“Since last year in November, it has been difficult. But I’ve been practising well and I thank my team for getting me in this position.”

Currently ranked 333rd in the world, Pavlychenkova is the lower-ranked player to reach the last eight of a Grand Slam since Kaia Kanepi at the 2017 US Open. She will next play either Karolína Muchová or Elina Avanesyan. 

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Doubles Pair Disqualified From French Open Match



A women’s doubles match at the French Open on Sunday ended in tears with one of the pair being disqualified midway through the second set.

Miyu Kato and Aldila Sutjiadi were facing Sara Sorribes Tormo and Marie Bouzková in the third round. After losing the opening set in a tiebreaker, the pairing worked their way to a 3-1 lead in the second before the match came to a sudden end.

After the end of a game, Kato hit a ball to the other end of the court which accidentally struck a ball girl in the head. The umpire then initially issued a warning to Kato. However, a protest from Tormo and Bouzkova who pointed out that the ball girl was crying resulted in the tournament supervisor being called to the court. Both Tormo and Bouzkova were heard saying that Kato should receive a default.


 After a discussion, it was decided that Kato and Sutjiadi would be defaulted from the match due to a violation of the rules, giving the opponents the win. Naturally upset by the accident, Kato was left in tears when informed about the decision with her partner consoling her.

Kato did speak with the ball girl shortly after the incident to make sure she was fine. This occurred before the supervisor entered the court. 

According to the Grand Slam rulebook, ball abuse is defined as ‘intentionally hitting a ball out of the enclosure of the court, hitting a ball dangerously or recklessly within the court or hitting a ball with negligent disregard of the consequences.”

It is not the first time a player has been defaulted from a Grand Slam match after accidentally hitting an official on the court. The most famous incident was when Novak Djokovic was defaulted from his fourth round match against Pablo Carreno Busta at the 2020 US Open after hitting a ball hit a female lines judge in the neck. He was later fined $10,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct.

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Grand Slam Glory Is The Main Goal For America’s Coco Gauff



Cori Gauff - Australian Open 2023 (Twitter @AustralianOpen)

 Coco Gauff has big aspirations and she isn’t afraid to speak openly about them. 


Following her second round win over Julia Grabher at the French Open on Thursday, the 19-year-old played down the fixation on her current ranking which is No.6 in the world. Gauff admits that her position is something that doesn’t concern her in the sport unless she is sitting at the top of the world rankings. 

“I’m not a ranking person at all. The goal is No.1, and I think that’s when I would care about the ranking,” she stated in her press conference. 
“Anything in between two and 10, I mean, I’m going to be honest, it’s not that important to me.”

Gauff first broke into the world’s top 10 in September 2022 and has remained there ever since. At the time she was the youngest top 10 debutant on the WTA Tour since Nicole Vaidisova in 2006. She has been ranked as high as No.4 in the world.

“When I made the top 10, it was a cool accomplishment, but for me it was never about staying there. I only want to go upwards,” she said. “The biggest goal is to win Grand Slams, and I think the ranking will come with Grand Slams.”

It was 12 months ago at Roland Garros where Gauff achieved her best performance at a major by reaching the final before losing in straight sets to Iga Swiatek. The tournament is her best Grand Slam in terms of match wins (13) and is the only one where she has reached the quarter-finals or better on multiple occasions. Gauff also won the French Open girls’ title back in 2018 at the age of just 14. 

Five years on from the junior triumph, she has become a regular fixture on the Tour. So much so, that there is already another generation of players on the rise. One of those includes Russia’s Mirra Andreeva who says her ultimate goal in tennis is to break Novak Djokovic’s all-time Grand Slam title record which currently stands at 22. Andreeva, who is only the seventh player under the age of 17 to reach the third round of Roland Garros since 1993, will be Gauff’s next opponent. 

“I think she knows the game well, and she’s proved her position to be here and proved in her results in the past, so I don’t think the age thing matters,” Gauff commented on her next opponent. 
“I’ve never thought about my age, to be honest. This will be my third time playing someone younger than me.
“Honestly, the first two times I didn’t even think about it because when you step on the court, you just see your opponent, and you don’t really think about the personal side of things. You just see forehand, backhand, serve, and all the same.”

Gauff will play Andreeva on Saturday. 

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