Australian, Ashleigh Barty, is the mover of the week. She won her first career WTA singles title at the ALYA WTA Malaysian Open on Sunday. Once considered Australia’s most talented female tennis player and on the tour since age 13, she decided to take an indefinite break after the 2014 US Open (speculation that she was struggling to deal with the stresses on being on tour). Her reasons for taking a break: “I had lost that enjoyment and that passion” for the sport. During her break she played professional cricket. She returned to tennis in May 2016 to play in Eastbourne and made it through the qualifying rounds all the way to the semifinals (she lost to the eventual champion, Alison Riske). I hope she has regained the joy and passion for the sport because she is an extremely gifted tennis player.
|PLAYERS (within the top 100)||SPOTS MOVED||NEW RANK|
|Robin Haase (NED)||UP 19||47|
|Evgeny Donskoy (RUS)||UP 17||99|
|Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN)||UP 16||70|
|Sam Querrey (USA)||UP 14||26|
|Damir Dzumhur (BIH)||UP 10||67|
|Ashleigh Barty (AUS)||UP 66||92 (CAREER HIGH)|
|Nao Hibino (JPN)||UP 25||81|
|Kirsten Flipkens (BEL)||DOWN 11||87|
|Nicole Gibbs (USA)||DOWN 10||94|
ATP Tour: all top ten members remained the same; however, Marin Cilic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga traded places.
WTA Tour: all top ten members remained the same and kept their exact positions from the previous week.
SPECIAL MENTION: BNP Paribas Masters starts this week and there are a lot of ranking points at stake. ATP defending champion Novak Djokovic has valuable points that he wants to protect; while, WTA defending champion, Victoria Azarenka, will be unable to defend her title; and others will be looking to gain some points to boost their rankings.
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