Latest WTA Rankings 30 July 2018: Teenage star Olga Danilovic makes history with first WTA title in Moscow; edges closer to top 100 debut

Andrew Hendrie in Tennis News 29 Jul 2018
  • Latest WTA rankings
  • Danilovic close to top 100 debut after historic maiden WTA title triumph
  • Qiang Wang nears top 50 return after winning first WTA title in Nanchang
Olga Danilovic

Serbian teenage sensation Olga Danilovic is nearing a top 100 debut, rising 75 spots in the latest WTA rankings after claiming a historic first singles title at the Moscow River Cup on Sunday.

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As far as winning maiden WTA titles, it doesn’t get much bigger than this. Danilovic, staggeringly, had never featured in a WTA main draw before this week - and she was fortunate to even be among the 32 players in the Moscow River Cup draw after losing in the final round of qualifying. But in a phenomenal turn of events, Danilovic entered the main draw as a lucky loser and incredibly went on arguably the run of the season to go all the way and secure her first tour-level title, defeating fellow 17-year-old Anastasia Potapova in a gripping three-set final.

Indeed, Danilovic became the first player born in the 2000s to win a WTA singles title and the first ever lucky loser to secure a WTA crown following her 7-5 6-7(1) 6-4 victory. Danilovic is the youngest WTA singles champion since Ana Konjuh in 2015 (the Croatian was 18 days younger).

Danilovic and Potapova were junior rivals and played out a thrilling first chapter of what is sure to be a storied professional rivalry, but it was the Serbian who prevailed in their biggest match to date - despite Potapova winning all five of their junior meetings.

"There are no words to describe this kind of feeling," Danilovic told reporters after the win. "Yesterday, I said, ‘This is the final, and this is my life, this is the moment that I live for.’ Being able to win, it’s even a better feeling, and I’m so happy for it."

Danilovic, who fired a whopping 47 winners throughout the contest, rises 75 spots in the latest WTA rankings to a career-high No. 112 in the world, while Potapova also made great strides up the rankings ladder, climbing 69 rungs to No. 135.

Meanwhile, there was another first-time WTA singles champion on Sunday as Qiang Wang picked up the Jiangxi Open title in Nanchang.

In the third all-Chinese final in WTA history, Wang secured her maiden tour-level singles title after Zheng Saisai was forced to retire while trailing 7-5 4-0 in Sunday’s final. Seeded second in Nanchang, Wang is on the brink of a top 50 return after moving up 25 places in the rankings to No. 53 - nine spots off her career-high mark.

Wang and Danilovic are the fourth and fifth first-time WTA singles champions in 2018, following on from Naomi Osaka in Indian Wells, Aleksandra Krunic in s-Hertogenbosch and Tatjana Maria in Mallorca.

There was no change to the top 20 in the latest WTA rankings, but there will surely be some moment this week as the likes of Garbine Muguruza, Madison Keys, Serena Williams and Venus Williams line up in San Jose, while No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki and No. 3 Sloane Stephens headline the Citi Open field in Washington D.C.

Latest WTA Rankings, Monday July 30


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
18. Kiki Bertens
19. CoCo Vandeweghe
20. Anastasija Sevastova


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Latest WTA Rankings 30 July 2018: Teenage star Olga Danilovic makes history with first WTA title in Moscow; edges closer to top 100 debut

Serbian teenage sensation Olga Danilovic is nearing a top 100 debut, rising 75 spots in the latest WTA rankings after claiming a historic first singles title at the Moscow River Cup on Sunday.

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