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Latest WTA Rankings 15 July 2019 - Simona Halep returns to top four after winning first Wimbledon title

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Ranking 15 Jul 2019
  • Latest WTA rankings
  • Halep back into the top four
  • Serena up to No. 9
  • Martic makes top 20 debut
  • Kerber down to No. 13
Simona Halep (PA Images)

Simona Halep returns to the top four in the latest WTA rankings after winning her second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon on Saturday.

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Halep, a former World No. 1, produced the greatest performance of her career to crush 23-time major champion Serena Williams 6-2 6-2 in less than an hour to capture her first Wimbledon title and second slam following her initial breakthrough at Roland Garros last year.

It was a performance for the ages from Halep, with the Romanian committing just three unforced errors in the basically flawless display in her first Wimbledon final. Halep had lost nine of her previous 10 encounters against Serena, but she never once looked in danger on Centre Court, racing out to a 4-0 lead in under 15 minutes and riding that momentum all the way to the finish line and prestigious Wimbledon silverware.

"I'm very sure that was the best match of my life, and also on grass against her is never easy. So I'm really proud of my game of today and the whole tournament,” Halep said.
"The finals I lost in the past helped me for sure to be different when I face this moment. It's never easy to face a Grand Slam final. You can get intimidated by the moment. You can get nervous, too nervous.
"I have learned that it's a normal match, not thinking that much about the trophy, just going there and try to be the best as you can. So I did that. I said that every time I would play a final of Grand Slam, I will do exactly the same thing. So today I did it."

Halep is the first Romanian woman to win the Wimbledon singles title, a feat made even more remarkable by the fact there are zero grass-courts in Romania.

Simona Halep (PA Images)
The 27-year-old dropped to No. 8 in the world after she was knocked out of the French Open quarter-finals last month, but she’s back up to World No. 4 following her Wimbledon triumph.

Meanwhile, Serena was left to rue an error-ridden display that was mostly due to Halep’s refusal to miss and speed around the baseline.

The legendary American remains stuck on 23 Grand Slam titles after losing her last three finals upon her return to tour as a mother.

"I think she was getting so many balls back," Williams said after the match. "I do have a strategy for players that do get a lot of balls back, which I thought about far too late. I think I was overhitting it, trying to go for too much. She was getting just a tremendous amount of balls back."

Serena moves up one spot in the latest WTA rankings to No. 9. She will next turn her attention to securing Grand Slam No. 24 at the U.S. Open, where she is defending runner-up points.

In other notable rankings movements, last year’s champion Angelique Kerber has taken a tumble, falling eight places to No. 13 after she was knocked out in the second round. Fellow German Julia Goerges also drops out of the top 20 to No. 25 after failing to defend her semi-final points from 2018.

Barbora Strycova - this year’s semi-finalist - moves up 22 spots to No. 32, while Zhang Shuai and Alison Rise return to the top 40 after making maiden Wimbledon quarter-finals

Former top 10 player Daria Kasatkina’s horror 2019 continues as she slips out of the top 40, while Karolina Muchova makes her top 50 debut following her maiden run to a major quarter-final, climbing 25 places to No. 43. Petra Martic also makes her top 20 debut with her run to the fourth round.

The WTA Tour briefly heads back to European clay this week before the North American hardcourt summer and U.S. Open Series, with International-level events in Bucharest and Lausanne.

Latest WTA Rankings, Monday July 15

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

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Latest WTA Rankings 15 July 2019 - Simona Halep returns to top four after winning first Wimbledon title

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