Heather Watson Regaining Her Top Form

Heather Watson

MOTW: Heather Watson

In 2015 Heather Watson got to a career high of thirty-eight in singles. That was the year she had Serena Williams on the ropes at Wimbledon. Although she had been to a singles final last year, she had not won a singles title since 2016. She fell out of the top hundred in 2018 in part due to injury and it seems like it has taken a long time to regain her form, but here she is back in the top fifty after winning her fourth career singles title in Acapulco over the weekend.

I hope she will build on this form and surpass her former career high singles ranking this season; she is too good a player to not be ranked higher. She obviously loves playing in Acapulco, because she won the doubles title there in 2018. Heather Watson gets the mover of the week honors because she had the highest positive improvement in the top hundred rankings.

Top Hundred Ranking Changes

Cameron Norrie (GBR) DOWN  19 77
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) DOWN  16 39
Marton Fucsovics (HUN) DOWN  14 84
Laslo Djere (SRB) DOWN  13 80
Taylor Fritz (USA) UP  11 24                    CAREER HIGH
Dennis Novak (AUT) UP  11 85                    CAREER HIGH
Ricardas Berankis (LTU) DOWN  10 72
Yafan Wang (CHN) DOWN  28 84
Heather Watson (GBR) UP  20 49
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) UP  14 32

Top 10 ATP & WTA Ranking Changes

ATP: the top ten members remained the same; however, Dominic Thiem and Roger Federer traded places to #3 and #4 respectively. Thiem is at a career high ranking at #3. Novak Djokovic remains at #1 (280 weeks total as #1).

WTA: the top ten members stayed the same; however, Belinda Bencic and Serena Williams traded places to #8 and #9 respectively. Ashleigh Barty is still #1 (33 weeks total as #1). Sofia Kenin remains the top ranked American female at #5.

SPECIAL MENTION: Ons Jabeur, the twenty-five-year old Tunisian continues to have an impressive 2020 season and she continues to climb up the rankings. She is now at a career high of 39. From drug suspension to British number one, Daniel Evans, is making amends by playing quality tennis and his reward is a career high ranking at #28.


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