Latest WTA Rankings 7 May 2018: Petra Kvitova continues rankings climb after winning Prague title

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Petra Kvitova with the Prague trophy (Photo by MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

Petra Kvitova has further consolidated her spot inside the top 10 after winning her third title of 2018 at the J&T Banka Prague Open on the weekend.

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Already into the top 10 despite missing half of last season with injury, Kvitova made more strides to climb even higher over the next couple of months after dropping just one set en route to the third title of her 2018 season at home in Prague, defeating seventh seed Mihaela Buzarnescu 4-6 6-2 6-3 in the final.

Last year Kvitova was forced to watch the Prague tournament in the stands as she recovered from a home invasion that left her career in jeopardy, but fast forward 12 months and the two-time Wimbledon champion is back amongst the game’s elite, cementing her status inside the top 10 as she surged to her first clay-court title in three years.

Kvitova remains No. 10 in the world following the triumph, which backs up victories earlier this season on the indoor hardcourts of St. Petersburg and the outdoor hardcourts of Doha.

With no points to defend at Madrid or Rome, and only second round points at the French Open, Kvitova is well-positioned to propel herself into the top five or higher over the next couple of months.

Buzarnescu meanwhile continued her rapid rise up the rankings, with the Romanian - who flew into the top 100 last season after starting 2017 outside the top 500 - up to No. 32 in the latest WTA rankings, meaning she’s in contention to take a Roland Garros seeding later this month.

Meanwhile, top seed Elise Mertens made it back-to-back WTA titles as she also captured the third title of her 2018 season at the Grand Priz de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem in Rabat, Morocco.

Mertens, who also defended her Hobart title in January before reaching the Australian Open semi-finals, won the inaugural Samsung Open title in Lugano a couple of weeks ago before leading Belgium to a Fed Cup win over Italy, extended her winning streak to 12 matches with a 6-2 7-6(4) win over resurgent Aussie Ajla Tomljanovic in the final.

Mertens rises three spots in the latest rankings to No. 16, while she’s already extended her winning streak to 13 straight matches after beating Alison Van Uytvanck in her Madrid opener. Kvitova is also already off the mark in Madrid, crushing Lesia Tsurenko for the loss of just three games.

World No. 1 Simona Halep is the defending Mutua Madrid Open title and could relinquish the top spot to No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki once again depending on how both perform inside the Caja Magica throughout the week.

WTA Tour Rankings Top 20, Monday May 7, 2018


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


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