WTA rankings – Jabeur up to No 7; Pegula hits career-high No 11
Iga Swiatek retains the No 1 ranking while Barbora Krejcikova moves back above Paula Badosa to No 2
Ons Jabeur‘s fabulous victory at the Mutua Madrid Open has moved her up three places in the WTA rankings to No 7 in the latest list, which will be confirmed on Monday.
The Tunisian beat Jessica Pegula in three sets to win the biggest title of her career and is back at her career-high ranking, having first hit No 7 in November 2021.
Jabeur heads to Rome for the Italian Open with no points to defend and therefore a chance to go higher. Her win in Madrid set a high bar, but she says she’s just enjoying her success.
“I’m just going to continue playing this way,” she said. “I love this period, this week. Conditions probably are different in Rome, so I’m telling you I have to be smart in Rome. I have to really take my opportunity, because I don’t have any defending points and I’m going there.
“I’m going to do my best to go as far as I can in this tournament and of course prepare for the biggest challenge, French Open.”
Pegula up to career-high No 11
American Jessica Pegula climbs three places in the latest rankings to a career-high No 11, recognition of her superb improvement over the past 12 months and of course, her run to the final in Madrid.
Pegula’s consistency and ability to compete on all surfaces has taken her from No 31 this time last year to the verge of the world’s top 10, something she’s keen on securing soon.
“I still wanted to win the tournament more than become top 10 maybe, because I know there is always going to be more tournaments,” she said. “It’s definitely a goal this year since I’m so close, but I don’t really think it played into today.”
Iga Swiatek defends her title this week in Rome but the Pole is more than 2,000 points clear of Barbora Krejcikova, who edged ahead of Paula Badosa to No 2.
Swiatek pulled out of Madrid to ease some of the pressure on her right shoulder from playing so much – and winning so much in 2022, with four titles to her name already, including back to back WTA 1000s in Indian Wells and Miami.
New career-highs this week
Jessica Pegula +3 to No 11
Leylah Fernandez +2 to No 18
Ludmilla Samsonova +1 to No 25
Jil Teichmann +6 to No 29
Beatriz Haddad Maia +13 to No 52
Maryna Zanevska +4 to No 66
Lucia Bronzetti +1 to No 79
Jule Niemeier +15 to No 95