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.
SIGNIFICANT RANKING CHANGES FOR THE WEEK OF 08.06.2018
|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: Zimbio.com (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images Europe: Svetlana Kuznetsova)