Latest WTA Rankings 23 July 2018: Anastasija Sevastova and Alize Cornet rise after winning Bucharest and Gstaad titles

Andrew Hendrie in Tennis News 22 Jul 2018
  • Latest WTA rankings
  • Sevastova returns to the top 20
  • Cornet back into the top 35
Alize Cornet

Anastasija Sevastova is back into the world’s top 20 after winning the BRD Bucharest Open, while former top 15 player Alize Cornet is heading back towards the top 30 after reigning supreme at the Ladies' Championship Gstaad.


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After surviving her opening round in Bucharest by edging Dalila Jakupovic in a final set tiebreak, Sevastova has gone all the way to secure the third WTA title of her career, downing Petra Martic 7-6(4) 6-2 in the final on Sunday.

Sevastova, who lost in the Mallorca final last month, fired 30 winners en route to her title triumph, putting to bed the memories of a 0-6 0-6 loss to Simona Halep in the 2016 Bucharest final.

"I didn’t think, in the beginning of the week, that I’m going to win it, because I had a first tough match," Sevastova said. “I was almost out of the tournament. But then I got better match to match, and in the final I played one of my best matches here."

The Latvian rises two spots in the latest WTA rankings to return to No. 20 in the world, while Martic - who was trying to win her first WTA title after making her first final since 2012 - climbs nine places to No. 51.

Elsewhere, former World No. 11 Alize Cornet captured the sixth WTA title of her career at the Ladies Championship in Gstaad, winning a tense final against Mandy Minella of Luxembourg 6-4 7-6(6).

Cornet didn’t drop a set all week as she prevailed over Minella in a gruelling title match that lasted just over two hours, with the Frenchwoman securing her first trophy since Hobart in 2016.

"Two and a half years without a title," Cornet said afterwards. "I’ve been through tough moments in these last two-and-a-half years, especially this last season was tough on me, so it means the world to me to have this title, to win here in Gstaad."
"I had an amazing week, it’s like everything was meant to be," she added. "Everything was perfect this week and I was feeling great on the court, everything was going well. I was seed No.1 and I did the job, so it’s great satisfaction."

Cornet moves up 14 rungs on the rankings ladder to No. 34 and puts herself in contention for a seeding at the U.S. Open next month.

Meanwhile, Minella enjoyed a brilliant week in Gstaad despite the disappointment of losing the final. The 32-year-old won her first four WTA main draw matches since giving birth to her first child last October, advanced into her first WTA singles final and climbed 84 places in the latest rankings to No. 142 in the world after being ranked outside the top 300 five weeks ago.

Two WTA events will take place this week, with No. 10 Julia Goerges, No. 13 Daria Kasatkina and No. 20 Sevastova leading the field at the inaugural Moscow International, while No. 32 Zhang Shuai headlines the draw in Nanchang.

Latest WTA Rankings, Monday July 23


1. Simona Halep
2. Caroline Wozniacki
3. Sloane Stephens
4. Angelique Kerber
5. Elina Svitolina
6. Caroline Garcia
7. Garbine Muguruza
8. Petra Kvitova
9. Karolina Pliskova
10. Julia Goerges
11. Jelena Ostapenko
12. Madison Keys
13. Daria Kasatkina
14. Venus Williams
15. Elise Mertens
16. Ashleigh Barty
17. Naomi Osaka (+1)
18. Kiki Bertens (-1)
19. CoCo Vandeweghe
20. Anastasija Sevastova (+2)


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Latest WTA Rankings 23 July 2018: Anastasija Sevastova and Alize Cornet rise after winning Bucharest and Gstaad titles

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