MOTW: Irina-Camelia Begu
The mover of the week honors goes to Irina-Camelia Begu. The twenty-nine-year-old Romanian won the Indian Wells Oracle Challenger Series 125K tournament over the weekend. Begu was once ranked as high as number twenty-two back in 2016 and as has happened so often with athletes, injury negatively impacted her game.
The path back to regaining one’s ranking after a setback due to injury is often difficult. The mental and emotional toll can leave a player frustrated and discouraged when the results do not come as quickly as they would like. This path is made even more difficult the older you are and can in some cases make it difficult to get back to your previous level. We have seen players retire because they never fully recovered their game following an injury.
However, tennis players can play much longer now with the advances in technology and better physical training; thus, if the injury was not career ending, the possibility of getting back to your previous level is possible. Begu has not won a singles title since 2017 and this title, although not a major title, is still a title and it will give her the confidence that she can win again.
Top 100 Ranking Changes
|PLAYER||RANKING CHANGE||CURRENT RANK|
|Steve Johnson (USA)||UP 12||63|
|Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)||UP 23||81|
|Marie Bouzkova (CZE)||UP 10||47|
|Misaki Doi (JPN)||UP 10||76|
ATP & WTA Top 10 Ranking Changes
ATP: there were no tournaments on the main tour due to the Davis Cup; however, there were still tournaments being played on the Challenger circuit.
WTA: there were no changes in the top ten members; however, there were quite a few changes in their positions. Sofia Kenin moved up one spot to a career high of #4. Elina Svitolina moved up two spots to #5. Bianca Andreescu fell two spots to #6 and Kiki Bertens fell one spot to #7. Ashleigh Barty is still going strong at #1.
SPECIAL MENTION: Anna-Lena Friedsam, the German player got a much-needed boost to her ranking over the weekend with her run to the final in Lyon Unfortunately, she did not win the title, but she climbed thirty spots to #106.
ALERT: Indian Wells Tournament, originally scheduled to start this week has been cancelled because of the Coronavirus.
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