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Latest WTA Rankings 13 May 2019 - Kiki Bertens rises to career-high No. 4 after winning Madrid title

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Ranking 13 May 2019
  • Latest WTA rankings
  • Bertens up to career-high No. 4 with Madrid title
  • Halep rises to No. 2
  • Kvitova down to No. 5
Kiki Bertens (PA Images)

Kiki Bertens has hit a career-high ranking of No. 4 after winning the biggest title of her career at the Premier Mandatory Mutua Madrid Open on the weekend.

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Bertens is the highest-ranked Dutchwoman in history following her brilliant 6-4 6-4 triumph over reigning French Open champion Simona Halep on Saturday. Bertens beat four Grand Slam champions on her way to the silverware - Jelena Ostapenko, Sloane Stephens, Petra Kvitova and Halep - and also became the first player to win the Mutua Madrid Open title without relinquishing a set, further illustrating just how destructive her performances were throughout the week.

“I'm just really happy,” Bertens said after the victory. “I think after every title you feel something, of course. Sometimes it's a lot of emotions. Sometimes it is really happiness. Sometimes it's just like not believing. But right now, I don't know yet how I feel. I just feel really happy.
“I am really proud of this week. I played some good tennis. No. 4 in the world on Monday, so it's, yeah. I don't know, it is just all amazing things.”

Bertens’ career-high ranking coincides with her improved showings across all surfaces over the last 12 months, with the Dutchwoman winning three hardcourt titles and making the Wimbledon quarter-finals before returning with a bang on her beloved clay. When you consider Bertens was on the brink of retirement two years ago, it’s been a phenomenal rise to the top of women’s tennis - and with only first round points in Rome and third round points at Roland Garros to defend coming up, she could end the clay season at the very top of the mountain.

Naomi Osaka still holds on to the No. 1 spot on 6,356 points, but despite encouraging runs to the Stuttgart semi-finals and Madrid quarter-finals, the Japanese is yet to beat a top 20 player on the surface. Halep, who would have regained the No. 1 ranking had she won the Madrid title, trails Osaka by 239 points but is defending Rome runner-up points and Roland Garros champion points, so she needs to win the Rome title and hope Osaka loses early to have any chance of returning to the top spot for the rest of the clay season.

Last year’s Madrid champion Petra Kvitova drops three spots in the latest WTA rankings to No. 5, while fellow Czech Karolina Pliskova also falls two places to No. 7. Belinda Bencic is back into the top 15 after continuing her great season with a semi-final run in Madrid, while Petra Martic has cracked the top 30 for the first time at 28 years of age, rising eight spots after reaching the quarter-finals.

All of the world’s top 20 apart from No. 3 Angelique Kerber are present at the Premier-5 Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome this week. No. 6 Elina Svitolina is the two-time defending champion.

Latest WTA Rankings, Monday May 13


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


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