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Latest WTA Rankings 15 October 2018: Tianjin champion Caroline Garcia edges closer to top 10 return

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Ranking 15 Oct 2018
  • Latest WTA rankings
  • Garcia back to No. 12 with Tianjin triumph
  • Giorgi hits career-high No. 28 with Linz title
  • Yastremska into top 70 with first WTA crown in Hong Kong
Caroline Garcia (Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Caroline Garcia, Camila Giorgi and teenage sensation Dayana Yastremska have all climbed up the latest WTA rankings after winning titles on Sunday.

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Without a title since securing back-to-back trophies in Wuhan and Beijing 12 months ago as she qualified for the WTA Finals Singapore, Garcia enjoyed more success in China as she collected the Tianjin Open crown with a straight sets victory over Karolina Pliskova. Garcia never really hit the form that took her to those aforementioned titles in 2018, but the Frenchwoman was excellent in Tianjin, coming back from 1-5 down and saving a set point in the first set tiebreak before completing a 7-6(7) 6-3 victory over Singapore hopeful Pliskova.

"Of course, I’ve won three titles in China so it’s bringing me luck," said Garcia. "It’s really nice, China is doing a lot for women’s tennis."

Dropping out of the top 10 after failing to defend her titles in Wuhan and Beijing, Garcia has moved up four spots in the rankings to No. 12, while Pliskova - who is yet to secure her WTA Finals ticket as she prepares for a quick turnaround in Moscow this week - rises one spot to No. 5 courtesy of her runner-up finish.

Elsewhere, the hard-hitting Giorgi secured her first WTA title in over three years as she breezed past Russian qualifier Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-3 6-1 at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz. Always a dangerous floater but also an extremely erratic and unreliable player throughout her career, Giorgi has put together the most consistent season of her career in 2018, reaching her first major quarter-final at Wimbledon and now winning her second WTA title.

Dayana Yastremska (Photo by VIVEK PRAKASH/AFP/Getty Images)
The Italian has moved to a career-high ranking of No. 28 and is well-positioned to be seeded at the Australian Open, while Alexandrova - who won six matches from qualifying to reach her first WTA final - returns to the top 100.

Over in Hong Kong, 18-year-old Yastremska experienced a milestone moment in her young career, winning her first WTA title with a dominant 6-2 6-1 victory over the in-form Wang Qiang.

Yastremska fired 33 winners over the course of the straight sets triumph, becoming just the second teenager after Olga Danilovic in Moscow to lift a WTA title this season. The Ukrainian rises a whopping 36 spots in the latest WTA rankings to a career-high mark of No. 66, making her the youngest player in the top 90.

"Yesterday, I felt very confident that I could win the title, but in the morning, I woke up and I felt a bit too nervous," Yastremska told reporters after the win. “I trusted myself that I can win, but I didn’t really get deep into those thoughts because I knew that when I go on court, I would forget about everything and just play point by point."

No. 1 Simona Halep is set to make her return from a back injury in Moscow this week alongside fellow top 10 stars Pliskova, Sloane Stephens and Kiki Bertens, while Julia Goerges and Garbine Muguruza headline the field in Luxembourg as the regular WTA calendar draws to a close.

Latest WTA rankings, Monday October 15


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


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Latest WTA Rankings 15 October 2018: Tianjin champion Caroline Garcia edges closer to top 10 return

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