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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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Andy Murray Outlines ‘Big Concern’ About His Current Fitness Ahead Of US Open

The 35-year-old is looking to see if he can find a reason behind his latest problem on the Tour.

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Andy Murray (GBR) - Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

Britain’s Andy Murray has admitted that he is alarmed about the frequency of cramping he is experiencing during matches played in North America this season.

 

The three-time Grand Slam champion crashed out of the Western and Southern Open on Wednesday after losing in three sets to compatriot Cameron Norrie. During the closing stages of their encounter, it was visible that Murray was once again struggling with cramps. A condition that occurs when a muscle shortens and causes a sudden pain that can make it hard to move.

It is usual for athletes to experience cramps but for Murray the issue is a ‘big concern’ for him. Saying that this year is the first time in his career he has suffered from the issue on a regular basis.

“I think pretty much every tennis player in their career has cramped usually in these sorts of conditions,” Murray said during his press conference.
“But the consistency of it for me is a big concern. It’s not something that I have really experienced. I have experienced cramping but not consistently like over a number of tournaments.
“It’s a big concern for me because it’s not easy to play when it gets bad like it was at the end (of his match against Norrie). I feel like it had an impact on the end of the match.”

Murray says his cramping occurs ‘predominantly’ in his legs but different parts. The former world No.1 is now looking into seeing if he can find a possible explanation as to what might be triggering the cramps. The issue comes less than two weeks before the start of the US Open.

“It’s a big concern for me that and something that I need to address and find a solution for,” he said. “No one knows exactly why cramps happen. There are many reasons, whether its hydration, whether it’s the food that you have taken in, whether it’s fatigue and lack of conditioning, stress.’
“I need to try and understand what’s going on there.”

Since Wimbledon, Murray has achieved a win-loss record of 3-4 on the Tour with his best run being to the quarter-finals in Newport. He is currently ranked 47th in the world.

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Another Defeat For Iga Swiatek – Should Her Fans Start To Worry?

Iga Swiatek unexpectedly lost to Beatrice Haddad Maia in the quarter-finals of the National Bank Open in Toronto. This was the third defeat of the WTA world No.1 in a month and a half. Is there anything to worry about?

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Iga Swiatek - Roland Garros 2022 (photo Roberto Dell'Olivo)

Article written by Dominik Senkowski (@dsenkowski07)

 

It was an extremely close match played in difficult conditions. Swiatek lost to Beatrice Hadad Maia 4:6, 6:3, 5:7 in Toronto.

The Polish woman admitted that she could not deal with the strong wind, saying during her press conference “I think without the wind I would manage. But it was pretty crazy out there.”

Haddad Miai, who is the first Brazilian to reach the last eight of a WTA 1000 event, revealed that she also had problems with the weather.

”We have no influence on the weather, we have to deal with it somehow. I think mentally I managed to overcome it,” she said.

Three failures

This was the third defeat for Swiatek in a month and a half. She had been undefeated since February, winning six tournaments in a row, including a Roland Garros. After that, however, she did not reach the semi-finals even once. In Wimbledon she was eliminated in the third round by Alize Cornet and then in Warsaw in the quarter-finals by Caroline Garcia. Now she did not make it past Beatrice Hadad Maia in Toronto. Do fans of the Polish woman have anything to worry about?

Of course, Swiatek as the top seed should have played better against the Brazilian. However, it must be remembered that she is still only 21 years old and has the right to fluctuate in form. Even the best tennis players of recent years – Roger Federer, Serena Serena, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic – did not win all the games in their best time. Swiatek still has a phenomenal balance of 49 wins to 5 defeats this year. She is the undisputed leader of the WTA rankings and will probably end the year as number one in the world.

There is no doubt that the rivals are more motivated to clash with Iga. In addition, they increasingly believe that they are able to defeat her since Cornet, Garcia and Hadad Maia did it. But still, it all depends on Iga. If she improves her serve, she can be unstoppable again. Recently with Garcia and Hadad Maia, she had problems with the second serve. She must pay more attention to it.

Time for Iga

Time should play in favour of Swiatek. Before Toronto, she played exceptionally on clay courts in Warsaw in a tournament organized by her father Tomasz. Frequent changes of the surface from grass to clay and hard courts in 1.5 months are not easy at such a young age. In Poland Iga said that she had no experience with it, she was just learning. She continues to learn valuable lessons and still can be better. We should remember it.

It seems that in the coming days she will be training on hard courts. She could feel more confident and come stronger as in spring. In Warsaw Iga said that she treats the first tournament before the US Open swing less seriously. She was aware that she needed more playing time to get better results. Her increasing self-esteem makes her behave calmer, even after defeats. That is why she can return to the right path soon.

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Rafael Nadal Returns To Cincinnati With Shot At No.1 Ranking

This is what the king of clay has to do to reclaim the top position.

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ATP RAFAEL NADAL OF SPAIN - PHOTO: DIEGO SOUTO / MMO

It has been over a month since Rafael Nadal last played a match on the Tour but in the coming days, he will have a chance to return to the top of the ATP rankings.

 

The 22-time Grand Slam champion has been absent from action ever since pulling out of his semi-final match at Wimbledon due to an abdominal tear. He was set to play at this week’s National Bank Open in Montreal but withdrew after feeling a ‘slight bother’ in his abdominal region following training. Nadal decided not to play after consulting with his doctor.

Instead, the Spaniard will return next week at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. He confirmed his return in an Instagram post, where he wrote: “Very happy to play again in Cincy. Flying there tomorrow (Thursday).”

Whilst the Spaniard will be finding his feet in the coming days, in Cincinnati he has a chance to dethrone Daniil Medvedev from the world No.1 position. Medvedev lost his opening match in Montreal to Nick Kyrgios. To do this he would need to win the Masters 1000 event for the second time in his career and hope that Medvedev doesn’t make the quarter-finals. Nadal won Cincinnati back in 2013 after defeating John Isner in the final.

So far in his career, Nadal has spent 209 weeks as world No.1 with his longest streak being 56 weeks in a row (2010-2011). In total, he has been at the top of the rankings for eight separate periods and last held the position in February 2020.

Nadal’s No.1 stints
-Aug 18 2008 – Jul 5th 2009 (46 weeks)
-Jun 7 2010 – Jul 3rd 2011 (56 weeks)
-Oct 7th 2013 – Jul 6th 2014 (39 weeks)
-Aug 21 2017 – Feb 18 2018 (26 weeks)
-Apr 2nd 2018 – May 13th 2018 (6 weeks)
-May 21st 2018 – Jun 17th 2018 (4 weeks)
-Jun 25th 2018 – Nov 4th 2018 (19 weeks)
-Nov 4th 2019 – Feb 2nd 2020 (13 weeks)

At present nine out of the world’s top 10 players will participate in the Western and Southern Open. The only exception is Novak Djokovic who is currently banned from entering America because he isn’t vaccinated against Covid-19.

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