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Latest WTA Rankings 12 November 2018 - Belinda Bencic stays inside top 40 after winning Las Vegas ITF title

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Ranking 12 Nov 2018
  • Latest WTA rankings
  • Bencic remains in top 40 with Las Vegas triumph
  • Alexandrova two spots off career-high after winning second Limoges title
Belinda Bencic (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Former World No. 7 Belinda Bencic has consolidated her spot inside the top 40 after winning the $80k ITF title in Las Vegas on Sunday.

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It’s been a rough last couple of seasons for Bencic, with the Swiss star struggling with multiple injury problems, but she’s trying to end 2018 on a positive note - just as she did at this time last year.

Ranked outside the top 200 in October 2017, Bencic put together a 15-match winning streak on the ITF circuit towards the end of the season to finish the year at No. 74 in the world, earning her direct entry into the Australian Open, where she went on to beat Venus Williams.

Unfortunately, Bencic hasn’t really been able to built on that win for the remainder of 2018, with injuries once again playing their part. However, after a brilliant run to the final of the WTA event in Luxembourg last month as a qualifier, Bencic is again making up for lost time as she attempts to maintain a ranking inside the top 50 to finish 2018.

Still just 21 years of age, Bencic dropped just one set on her way to the $80k Red Rock Pro Open in Las Vegas, defeating American Nicole Gibbs 7-5 6-1 in the final. Bencic actually drops two spots in the rankings to No. 39 because she won the 125k WTA Series title in Hua Hin this time 12 months ago.

With Bencic also winning another 125k WTA Series title in Taipei and the $100k ITF crown in Dubai towards the end of 2017, she will have to emulate those victories in order to avoid dropping further in the rankings.

It was back in 2015 when Bencic hit her career-high ranking of No. 7 as a teenager, beating four players who have been ranked No. 1 - Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, Serena Williams and Simona Halep - along with former Wimbledon runner-ups Eugenie Bouchard and Sabine Lisicki in one of the most impressive runs to a maiden WTA title in recent memory at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

Meanwhile, Russian youngster Ekaterina Alexandrova secured the 125k Engie Open de Limoges title for the second time in her career on Sunday, defeating compatriot Evgeniya Rodina 6-2 6-2 in the final.

Having previously triumphed in Limoges in 2016, Alexandrova rises 22 spots in the latest WTA rankings to No. 71 in the world - just two places off her career-high. Rodina, who made the fourth round of Wimbledon this year, climbs 14 rungs on the rankings ladder to No. 74, while semi-finalist and reigning Tashkent champion Margarita Gasparyan all but locked up a spot in the Australian Open main draw by moving up 13 spots to No. 92 - the first time she’s been ranked in the top 100 since October 2016.

There was no change to the top 20, with all of the top players shutting down their respective seasons after the regular WTA year came to a close after the Asian swing, culminating with Elina Svitolina and Ash Barty’s triumphs in Singapore and Zhuhai.

Latest WTA rankings, Monday November 12


1. Simona Halep
2. Angelique Kerber
3. Caroline Wozniacki
4. Elina Svitolina
5. Naomi Osaka
6. Sloane Stephens
7. Petra Kvitova
8. Karolina Pliskova
9. Kiki Bertens
10. Daria Kasatkina
11. Aryna Sabalenka
12. Anastasija Sevastova
13. Elise Mertens
14. Julia Goerges
15. Ashleigh Barty
16. Madison Keys
17. Serena Williams
18. Garbine Muguruza
19. Caroline Garcia
20. Wang Qiang


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