Casper Ruud came so close to winning his first ATP Tour singles title in Houston and tying his dad’s record, unfortunately the pressure of the occasion and a determined opponent got the better of him. There is no consolation for missing an opportunity to claim that first singles title; however, he can take solace in a new career high ranking. Ruud can also learn from this loss and build on what he has learned going forward. I expect to see him winning many titles in his career.
There are currently six teenagers ranked in the top hundred of the WTA, and one of them is seventeen-year-old Iga Swiatek. The young Polish player came very close to winning her first WTA title in Lugano this past weekend at the Samsung Open; unfortunately, she ran into a red-hot Polona Hercog and lost in three sets to the Slovenian. I liked her demeanor and her game; I am curious to see how her game matures and how far she goes in her career (she was the 2018 junior Wimbledon champion).
|NAME||SPOTS MOVED||NEW RANKING|
|Casper Ruud (NOR)||UP 27||68 CAREER HIGH|
|Cristian Garin (CHI)||UP 26||47 CAREER HIGH|
|Benoit Paire (FRA)||UP 26||43|
|Steve Johnson (USA)||DOWN 20||59|
|Ivo Karlovic (CRO)||DOWN 20||97|
|Pablo Andujar (ESP)||DOWN 16||86|
|Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG)||DOWN 13||79|
|Iga Swiatek (POL)||UP 27||88 CAREER HIGH|
|Polona Hercog (SLO)||UP 25||64|
|Amanda Anisimova (USA)||UP 22||54 CAREER HIGH|
|Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS)||UP 22||73|
|Fiona Ferro (FRA)||UP 16||92 CAREER HIGH|
|Kristyna Pliskova (CZE)||UP 14||87|
ATP: there were no changes amongst the top ten members, they all remained the same and maintained their positions from the previous week. #1 Novak Djokovic (SRB).
WTA: there were also no changes in the top ten members as well, they all maintained their exact positions from the previous week. #1 Naomi Osaka (JPN).
SOURCE OF IMAGES: Zimbio.com (Pat Scala/Getty Images AsiaPac-Casper Ruud and Michael Steele/Getty Images Europe-Iga Swiatek)