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WTA Rankings: Krejcikova to 14, Alexandrova top-20 debut, career-highs for Parry and Liu

Barbora Krejcikova returned to the top-20 thanks to a magnificent title run in Ostrava, as youngsters Diane Parry and Claire Liu hit career-high rankings.

Barbora Krejcikova Ostrava SF AI/Reuters/Panoramic

Barbora Krejcikova’s emotional victory over Iga Swiatek on Sunday in Ostrava has put her back inside the top-15, and the Czech wasn’t the only player rising up the rankings on the WTA Tour.

Scroll down for a look at this week’s biggest risers, and get an update on the Race to the year-end championships as well…

Krejcikova +9, to No 14

It was a brilliant week for Barbora Krejcikova, who took the title on home soil in Ostrava by defeating world No 1 Iga Switek for the title. Perhaps it marks the beginning of a rise up the rankings for the former world No 2 as well. At the end of an injury-marred season she rises nine spot, back to No 14 in the rankings, and is the biggest riser inside the top-50 in this week’s WTA rankings.

Alexandrova makes top-20 debut

Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova continues to play at a high level on tour. The 27-year-old, fresh off the title in Seoul two weeks aga, defeated Victoria Azarenka, Daria Kasatkina and Tereza Martincova to reach the semi-finals at Ostrava, and will make her top-20 debut as a result.

She rises one spot from 21 to 20.

Parry, Liu make career high

There were two other new career highs inside the top-100, and both players are very deserving.

Diane Parry 2022 Strasbourg
Diane Parry of France during her Round of 32 Singles match of the 2022 Internationaux de Strasbourg || Zuma / Panoramic

France’s Diane Parry, in the midst of her breakout season, rises to No 61 in the rankings. The 19-year-old has reached the quarter-finals in two of her last three events, at Portoroz and Monastir.

American Claire Liu, who upset world No 2 Ons Jabeur en route to the semi-finals at Monastir, rises nine spots to No 64.

Parry started the 2022 season at 141; Liu started her 2022 campaign at 94.

Race update: Kudermetova leapfrogs Sakkari

The Race to the WTA Finals at Fort Worth heats up this week once again, as Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova moves ahead of Maria Sakkari in the final qualification spot. But the margin is slim – only 69 points defend the two players. Here are the current top nine in the Race, excluding Simona Halep, who has already ended her season due to injury.

  • Swiatek, 9865 (qualified)
  • Jabeur, 4555 (qualified)
  • Pegula, 3232
  • Gauff, 2983
  • Garcia, 2896
  • Kasatkina, 2885
  • Sabalenka, 2871
  • Kudermetova, 2606
  • Sakkari, 2537

Both Kudermetova (vs Sloane Stephens R1) and Sakkari (vs Donna Vekic R1) will take their place in the San Diego draw this week.

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