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Latest WTA Rankings 17 April 2017: Francesca Schiavone ensures French Open direct entry, teenager Marketa Vondrousova wins first WTA title in Biel/Bienne

Andrew Hendrie in Tennis News 17 Apr 2017
  • Latest WTA rankings
  • Schiavone guarantees Roland Garros direct entry with title win at Bogota
  • Vondrousova wins first WTA title as a qualifier in Biel/Bienne
Francesca Schiavone (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

Boom Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova has shot up over 100 places in the latest WTA rankings after her shock title triumph at the inaugural Ladies Open Biel Bienne, while veteran Francesca Schiavone captured her eighth career title in Bogota and earned valuable ranking points in the process.

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The 17-year-old Vondrousova completed a fairytale week at the Ladies Open Biel Bienne, coming through qualifying and winner her maiden WTA title in just her second ever main draw with a 6-4 7-6(6) victory over fellow first-time WTA finalist Anett Kontaveit in the final.

"It's the biggest win of my career, because I'd mostly played smaller tournaments, 25Ks and 60Ks," Vondrousova said in her post-match press conference. "This was one of my first big tournaments, and I was injured in my left elbow for a lot of last year. I had to do a lot of fitness, which helped me become a better mover. Now I'm playing really great.”

Vondrousova, who came into Biel/Bienne with momentum after winning two ITF to begin the season, earned her first top 20 win over top seed Barbora Strycova en route to the final, with the Czech rising 116 spots in the rankings to 117 in the world.

"We had goals to play Grand Slam qualifying because I was around No.220 before this tournament. So now I'll definitely be in qualies for sure, and I'll be changing my plans and think about it."

Despite the disappointment of losing the final, it was also a successful week for 21-year-old Kontaveit, who climbs 25 places to No. 74 in the latest rankings - just one rung off her career-high.

Elsewhere, Schiavone completed a significant victory at the Claro Open Colsanitas in Bogota, defeating fourth seed Lara Arruabarrena 6-4 7-5 to win her eighth career title.

The 36-year-old Schiavone, who is playing her final season on tour in 2017, had to win the title in order to ensure direct entry into Roland Garros, where she famously won her one and only grand slam title in 2010.



"In this moment I have memories of my championship in Roland Garros," Schiavone said in her post-match press conference. "I have always had very good performances on clay. It was too long since I won a title and I am very pleased to win again. It was a very good tournament for me here in Bogota. I felt very excited to be playing my game."

Schiavone moves up 64 places in the rankings to 104 in the world, guaranteeing her spot in the French Open main draw.

WTA Tour Rankings Top 20, Monday 17 April 2017

1. Angelique Kerber
2. Serena Williams
3. Karolina Pliskova
4. Dominika Cibulkova
5. Simona Halep
6. Garbine Muguruza
7. Johanna Konta 
8. Agnieszka Radwanska
9. Svetlana Kuznetsova
10. Madison Keys
11. Caroline Wozniacki
12. Venus Williams
13. Elina Svitolina
14. Petra Kvitova
15.   Elina Vesnina
16. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
17. Barbora Strycova (+1)
18. Samantha Stosur (-1)
19. Kristina Mladenovic
20. Timea Bacsinszky



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Latest WTA Rankings 17 April 2017: Francesca Schiavone ensures French Open direct entry, teenager Marketa Vondrousova wins first WTA title in Biel/Bienne

Boom Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova has shot up over 100 places in the latest WTA rankings after her shock title triumph at the inaugural Ladies Open Biel Bienne, while veteran Francesca Schiavone captured her eighth career title in Bogota and earned valuable ranking points in the process.

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