Citi Open Title Boosts Kuznetsova’s Ranking

Kuznetsova's joy at winning

The joy of victory is sometimes overstated; however, there was no denying Kuznetsova’s joy yesterday when she came from a set down and saved four match points to win the Citi Open title in three sets. Spare a thought for her opponent, Donna Vekic, who came so close to winning the title. However, after the trials that Kuznetsova has gone through since her surgery and the doubts she had about continuing to play, this title was a much needed victory. When you suffer an injury as an athlete, no matter how much you love the sport, there will always be doubts about continuing. It is not because of a lack of love for the sport, but a question of whether or not your body can perform at the level you were capable of before the injury. This victory certainly answered some questions for Kuznetsova and gave her a much needed boost of confidence.



PLAYERS (within the top 100) SPOTS MOVED NEW RANK
Martin Klizan (SVK) UP  35 77
Alex de Minaur (AUS) UP  27 45                 CAREER HIGH
Denis Istomin (UZB) UP  20 75
Joao Sousa (POR) DOWN  18 63
Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) UP  13 97
Yuki Bhambri (IND) DOWN  13 99
Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) DOWN  11 87
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) UP  41 87
Saisai Zheng (CHN) UP  21 64
Maria Sakkari (GRE) UP  18 31                 CAREER HIGH
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) DOWN  16 46
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) UP  13 95
Alison Riske (USA) DOWN  10 77

ATP TOUR: the top ten members remained the same; however, Grigor Dimitrov and Kevin Anderson traded places (#5 and #6 respectively). Rafael Nadal remains atop the rankings.

WTA TOUR: there were no changes in the top ten members; they all remained the same and maintained their exact positions from the previous week.  Simona Halep continues to reign as number one.

SPOTLIGHT PLAYER: Alexander Zverev successfully defended his Citi Open title.


SOURCE OF IMAGE: (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images Europe: Svetlana Kuznetsova)

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