WTA Rankings update – Brady jumps up

The WTA Rankings may have returned but they are not as they were, with a revised system in place as a result of the tour’s 5-month suspension due to coronavirus.

Under the revised system, a player’s ranking will be comprised of her best 16 results in singles and best 11 results in doubles based on the points earned between March 2019 through December 2020. WTA Statement

In July, the WTA announced the temporary adjustments and revisions to the Rankings for singles and doubles players as the Tour prepared to return to play.

Traditionally, the Rankings are based on a 52-week system, with results from a player’s best 16 tournaments for singles and 11 for doubles.

Upon suspension of play due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the WTA Rankings became frozen as of 16 March, 2020, allowing ranking points to extend beyond the traditional 52-week window so that a player’s world ranking would not be impacted due to the suspension.

Since the implementation of the frozen rankings, the WTA Tour’s Players’ Council and Tournament Council underwent an extensive review of the ranking process in order to identify the necessary adjustments upon returning to play.

In order to balance fairness and flexibility for all players, the WTA Rankings will generally follow the ‘Better of 2019 and 2020’ point model, in alignment with the ATP Tour.

Under the revised system, a player’s ranking will be comprised of her best 16 results in singles and best 11 results in doubles based on the points earned between March 2019 through December 2020.

A player’s ranking breakdown will include the ‘Better of 2019 and 2020’ points earned at Tour-level and Grand Slam events.

Further, a player may not count the same WTA Tour or Grand Slam level result twice in her ranking breakdown.

Tour-level points added in 2020 will drop after the event is scheduled to be played again in 2021 or after 52 weeks, whichever is earlier.

So, with a player’s ranking now comprised of her best 16 results in singles and best 11 results in doubles based on the points earned between March 2019 through December 2020, after the Ladies Open Palermo, the Prague Open, and the Top Seed Open presented by Bluegrass Orthopaedics, there have been some notable changes in the rankings.

Lexington champion Jennifer Brady hits a new career high ranking of World No 40 on Monday following an outstanding week in which she did not drop a single set.

Meanwhile, the woman she beat in the semi-final, Coco Gauff, rises three places to World No 50.

In the doubles rankings, there are sharp rises for Lexington champions Hayley Carter (up five places, from No 43 to No 38) and Luisa Stefani (up six, from No 45 to No 39).

Jil Teichmann goes up 9 spots, from No 63 to No 54 despite the Swiss falling at the final hurdle but still having enjoyed a great week in Lexington, dropping her first two sets of the tournament in the final.

Teichmann also had a run to the final in the doubles, meaning her ranking there is up by a huge 184 places, from No 419 to No 235.

She was partnered by Marie Bouzkova in Lexington, who rises 43 places, from No 162 to No 119.

After shining in Pragues, Kristyna Pliskova rises 5 places, from No 69 to No 64) after dismissing 2nd seed Petra Martic in straight sets in the round of 16, and falling only to 3rd seed Elise Mertens in the semi-final.

It was a particularly good week for Pliskova, who has also risen sharply in the doubles rankings, up 13 places, from No 58 to No 45, after winning the title in Prague with Lucie Hradecka, up four places herself in the doubles rankings from No 33 to No 29.

Irina-Camelia Begu goes up 12 spots, from No 82 to No 70) after the Romanian started off her week in Prague in style, defeating ninth seed Anastasija Sevastova, 6-2 6-2, and fighting through three-set battles in the next two rounds before losing to compatriot and top seed Simona Halep in the semi-final.

Shelby Rogers is up 21 places, from No 116 to No 95) after a great week for the American in Lexington, exemplified by her gutsy three-set thriller with top seed Serena Williams in which the 27-year-old came out on top, winning 1-6, 6-4, 7-6(5).

Magdalena Frech rises 16 slots, from No 174 to No 158) after the Pole came through qualifying to reach the main draw in Prague, defeating Elena-Gabriela Ruse and Arantxa Rus in the round of 32 and round of 16 respectively before falling to Halep in the quarter-final.






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