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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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Jelena Ostapenko overcomes Danielle Collins in a thrilling match in Abu Dhabi

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Number 5 seed Jelena Ostapenko battled past Danielle Collins 7-5 1-6 7-5 in 2 hours and 16 minutes in a rollercoaster match to advance to the second round at the Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open. 

 

Ostapenko has extended her winning streak to six consecutive matches on Emirati soil. The Latvian player clinched her fifth WTA Tour title in Dubai in February 2022. 

The 2017 Roland Garros champion beat Collins for the second time in as many meetings after beating Collins 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 in the 2018 Milami semifinals.

Ostapenko continued her good period of form after reaching the quarter finals at the Australian Open. She will face a second round against either Zheng Quinwen or qualifier Rebecca Marino. 

Collins earned her first break with a return winner to take a 4-3 lead, but she made a double fault, as she was a break point down when she serving for the set. Ostapenko reeled off four consecutive games to seal the first set 7-5. 

Collins bounced back in the second set by earning a double break with three consecutive return winners to seal the second set 6-1 forcing the match to the third set. 

Ostapenko converted her fifth break point in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Collins pulled back on serve in the eighth game after three double faults from Ostapenko to draw level to 4-4. Ostapenko won 12 of the last 15 points to close out the third set 7-5. 

“Danielle is a great player. It’s always a tough match against her because she plays really well and she’s such a fighter. The match is never over until we shake hands. I am really glad that, even I did not play  my best tennis, I was fighting and I managed to win the match. These kind of matches give confidence”, said Ostapenko. 

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Davis Cup Round-Up: Who Has Qualified For The Finals Group Stage?

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MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 05: Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals 2021 at Madrid Arena on December 05, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos / Quality Sport Images / Kosmos Tennis)

Over the weekend 12 ties took place around the world to decide which countries would qualify for the Davis Cup Finals Group Stage later this year.

Borna Coric, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Stan Wawrinka and Cameron Norrie were among those who participated in the historic team competition which began in 1900. There were plenty of highs and lows with some teams rewriting the history books for their countries.

Perhaps the biggest shock occurred at the Espoo Metro Arena where Finland stunned four-time champions Argentina 3-1. Home favorite Emil Ruusuvuori guided his team to victory by winning both of his singles matches in straight sets, as well as the doubles alongside Harri Heliovaara. It is the first time the Scandinavian country has qualified for the Finals stage.

 

History was also made in the South Korean capital of Seoul where the home nation came back from a 0-2 deficit to win a tie for the first time. Taking on Belgium, Korea fell behind after losing to David Goffin and Zizou Bergs on the opening day. However, they turned their fortunes around with a three-match winning streak to become the only Asian team to reach the final playoffs this year.

In one of the most anticipated clashes, Wawrinka guided Switzerland to a thrilling 3-2 win over Germany. The three-time Grand Slam champion endured a roller-coaster run after losing to Zverev in his opening match and then in the doubles alongside teammate Dominic Stricker. However, he clinched the decisive point for his team by defeating Daniel Altmaier 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. Switzerland’s other two points were earned by Marc-Andrea Huesler who defeated Zverev and Oscar Otte.

There was also a close battle between France and Hungary. Tied at 2-2, Ugo Humbert sealed victory for his country by defeating Fabian Marozsan 6-3, 6-3. France has won the Davis Cup 10 times and was runner-up on nine other occasions.

Great Britain prevailed on the South American clay by defeating Colombia 3-1. After Dan Evans lost his opening match against Nicolas Mejia, the Brits bounced back with the help of two wins by Norrie and a crucial victory in the doubles. In the doubles match Evans and Neal Skupski stunned former world No.1 players Juan-Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah. 

Also through to the finals are America, Serbia and the Netherlands who all won their ties 4-0. Meanwhile, Sweden, Croatia and the Czech Republic all won 3-1.

The 12 winning countries will join Canada, Australia, Italy and Spain in the playoffs for the finals in September. The Group Stage will be held at four different venues from 12 to 17 September. The eight best teams will then progress to the finals in Malaga which will be held from 21 to 26 November.

Full results

CROATIA defeated AUSTRIA 3-1
Borna Coric (CRO) d. Dennis Novak (AUT) 6-3 7-5
Borna Gojo (CRO) d. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 6-3 7-6(2)
Alexander Erler/Lucas Miedler (AUT) d. Ivan Dodig/Nikola Mektic (CRO) 6-3 7-6(11)
Borna Coric (CRO) d. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 7-6(3) 6-2

FRANCE defeated HUNGARY 3-2
Zsombor Piros (HUN) d. Benjamin Bonzi (FRA) 7-6(4) 6-3
Ugo Humbert (FRA) d. Marton Fucsovics (HUN) 6-3 6-2
Fabian Marozsan/Mate Valkusz (HUN) d. Nicolas Mahut/Arthur Rinderknech (FRA) 6-2 7-6(4)
Adrian Mannarino (FRA) d. Marton Fucsovics (HUN) 7-6(6) 6-2
Ugo Humbert (FRA) d. Fabian Marozsan (HUN) 6-3 6-3

USA defeated UZBEKISTAN 4-0
Mackenzie Mcdonald (USA) d. Sergey Fomin (UZB) 64 61
Tommy Paul (USA) d. Khumoyun Sultanov (UZB) 61 76(6)
Austin Krajicek/Rajeev Ram (USA) d. Sanjar Fayziev/Sergey Fomin (UZB) 6-2 6-4
Denis Kudla (USA) d. Amir Milushev (UZB) 6-4 6-4

SWITZERLAND defeated GERMANY 3-2
Marc-Andrea Huesler (SUI) d. Oscar Otte (GER) 2-6 6-2 6-4
Alexander Zverev (GER) d. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 6-4 6-1
Andreas Mies/Tim Puetz (GER) d. Dominic Stricker/Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 6-7(3) 6-3 6-4
Marc-Andrea Huesler (SUI) d. Alexander Zverev (GER) 6-2 7-6(4)
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d. Daniel Altmaier (GER) 6-3 5-7 6-4

GREAT BRITAIN defeated COLOMBIA 3-1
Nicolas Mejia (COL) d. Daniel Evans (GBR) 6-2 2-6 6-4
Cameron Norrie (GBR) d. Nicolas Barrientos (COL) 6-2 7-5
Daniel Evans/Neal Skupski (GBR) d. Juan-Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah (COL) 6-4 6-4
Cameron Norrie (GBR) d. Nicolas Mejia (COL) 6-4 6-4

SERBIA defeated NORWAY 4-0
Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) d. Andreja Petrovic (NOR) 6-1 6-3
Laslo Djere (SRB) d. Viktor Durasovic (NOR) 6-3 4-6 7-6(8)
Nikola Cacic/Filip Krajinovic (SRB) d. Viktor Durasovic/Herman Hoeyeraal (NOR) 6-4 3-6 6-3
Hamad Medjedovic (SRB) d. Viktor Durasovic (NOR) 6-4 6-7(4) [10-4

CHILE defeated KAZAKHSTAN 3-1
Timofei Skatov (KAZ) d. Cristian Garin (CHI) 6-1 6-3
Nicolas Jarry (CHI) d. Alexander Bublik (KAZ) 6-2 6-2
Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera/Alejandro Tabilo (CHI) d. Andrey Golubev/Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) 6-4 7-5
Cristian Garin (CHI) d. Alexander Bublik (KAZ) 6-4 3-6 6-3

KOREA, REP. defeated BELGIUM 3-2
Zizou Bergs (BEL) d. Soonwoo Kwon (KOR) 1-6 6-4 7-6(6)
David Goffin (BEL) d. Hong Seong Chan (KOR) 6-4 6-2
Nam Jisung/Song Min-kyu (KOR) d. Sander Gille/Joran Vliegen (BEL) 7-6(3) 7-6(5)
Soonwoo Kwon (KOR) d. David Goffin (BEL) 3-6 6-1 6-3
Hong Seong Chan (KOR) d. Zizou Bergs (BEL) 6-3 7-6(4)

SWEDEN defeated BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 3-1
Mikael Ymer (SWE) d. Mirza Basic (BIH) 6-4 7-5
Elias Ymer (SWE) d. Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 6-1 6-4
Mirza Basic/Tomislav Brkic (BIH) d. Andre Goransson/Elias Ymer (SWE) 6-4 6-2
Mikael Ymer (SWE) d. Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 6-1 1-6 6-3

NETHERLANDS defeated SLOVAKIA 4-0
Tallon Griekspoor (NED) d. Lukas Klein (SVK) 7-6(6) 2-6 6-4
Tim Van Rijthoven (NED) d. Alex Molcan (SVK) 7-6(6) 5-7 6-3
Wesley Koolhof/Matwe Middelkoop (NED) d. Lukas Klein/Alex Molcan (SVK) 6-3 6-3
Matwe Middelkoop (NED) d. Jozef Kovalik (SVK) 6-4 6-4

FINLAND defeated ARGENTINA 3-1
Emil Ruusuvuori (FIN) d. Pedro Cachin (ARG) 7-5 6-3
Francisco Cerundolo (ARG) d. Otto Virtanen (FIN) 6-3 3-6 7-6(3)
Harri Heliovaara/Emil Ruusuvuori (FIN) d. Maximo Gonzalez/Andres Molteni (ARG) 7-6(5) 4-6 6-4
Emil Ruusuvuori (FIN) d. Facundo Bagnis (ARG) 7-5 6-1

CZECH REPUBLIC defeated PORTUGAL 3-1
Jiri Lehecka (CZE) d. Nuno Borges (POR) 6-4 6-4
Tomas Machac (CZE) d. Joao Sousa (POR) 7-6(6) 3-6 6-2
Nuno Borges/Francisco Cabral (POR) d. Tomas Machac/Adam Pavlasek (CZE) 7-5 7-6(4)
Joao Sousa (POR) v Jiri Lehecka (CZE) 6-4 6-1

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Alycia Parks Stuns Garcia To Win First Tour Title In Lyon

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Rising star Alycia Parks is on the verge of breaking into the world’s top 50 for the first time after stunning world No.4 Caroline Garcia in straight sets to win the Lyon Open. 

 

22-year-old Parks, who contested just three WTA main draws last year, battled to a 7-6(7), 7-5, win over Garcia who is the first top-five player she has beaten on the Tour. Throughout the final, the American didn’t drop serve after saving all four break points she faced. In total, she produced 28 winners with 15 of those being aces. It is only the second time she has beaten a top 10 player on the Tour after Maria Sakkari at the Ostrava Open last year. 

“I want to thank you for all coming out, this title means a lot to me,” Parks said afterwards. “France has a special part in my heart right now. I want to congratulate Garcia, you had an amazing week, keep playing how you’re playing.”

The victory caps off what has been a breakthrough week for Parks who dropped two sets in five matches played which was in her opening two rounds. Earlier in the tournament, she also defeated seventh seed Danka Kovinic and fourth seed Petra Martic to become only the third unseeded player to win a WTA event so far this year.  

Parks was ranked 199th in the world 12 months ago but has climbed up the rankings and is now set to break into the world’s top 70 for the first time on Monday. Towards the end of last year, she won back-to-back WTA 125 tournaments and has now won 16 out of her last 17 matches played. Her only loss was to Czech teenager Sara Bejlek in the second round of qualifying at the Australian Open.

As for Garcia, Sunday’s clash was the first time she had contested a WTA final in her home city of Lyon. Coming into her clash with Parks, she had won 10 out of her last 11 finals played on the Tour. It is the 40th time in her career she has lost to an American player in a WTA main draw.

Congrats on an amazing week and the (past) couple of months have been unbelievable (for you),” said Garcia. “It’s your first WTA title today and it was well deserved. You played amazing and if you keep playing like this you are for sure going to keep going up (the rankings).”

Parks, who graduated from High School in 2019, is coached on the Tour by her father Michael who has been her main mentor since childhood. 

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