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Latest WTA Rankings 17 June 2019 - Garcia back in top 25 after winning Nottingham title; Riske returns to top 50 following Libema Open triumph

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Ranking 17 Jun 2019
  • Latest WTA rankings
  • Garcia back into top 25 after winning Nottingham title
  • Riske stuns Bertens to win s-Hertogenbosch title and return to the top 50
Caroline Garcia (PA Images)

Caroline Garcia is back in the top 25 and Alison Riske returns to the top 50 after both won dramatic finals in Nottingham and s-Hertogenbosch respectively on Sunday.

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After a wild week of weather that forced the majority of Nottingham matches indoors, top seed Garcia was the last woman left standing as she dispatched second second seed Donna Vekic by a 2-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(4) scoreline to win the Nature Valley Open title after two hours and 36 minutes.

"I’m very happy and very proud of all of the week, and the way I fought today on court," Garcia said, after her win. "The first set was tough for me, she was starting very well, but I knew there was only one way to go, and it was by fighting. I didn’t know if I was going to get the win, but I really wanted to fight hard, and try to get the experience and enjoy it, and I definitely did a lot."

Garcia now has two grass-court WTA titles in her trophy cabinet after also prevailing on the lawns of Mallorca in 2016. The Frenchwoman, who was ranked as high as No. 4 in the world last year after a big end to the 2017 season, rises five spots to No. 23 in the world after winning her seventh career title. Garcia won’t be resting on her laurels however, flying off to Mallorca where she will face Victoria Azarenka in the opening round as she tries to get more grass matches under her belt.

"I played only two matches on grass [this week,] so I want to go to Mallorca and try to get more experience on the grass courts, and enjoy it over there," Garcia stated. "I just want to keep improving and giving the best I could, like I did this week."

There was another thrilling final over in s-Hertogenbosch on Sunday as the big-serving Alison Riske stunned top seed and home favourite Kiki Bertens, saving five championship points and recovering from an opening set bagel to emerge triumphant 0-6, 7-6(3), 7-5 and win her second career title.

Alison Riske (PA Images)
Riske broke a run of six straight losses in WTA finals by earning her second career top five win and extended her winning streak on grass to 10 consecutive matches after she also won the $100k ITF event in Surbiton last week.

"I'm just really proud of myself. I looked at the clock, and it was 6-0, 1-0 at 32 minutes in, and I thought, 'I can't possibly be bageled in a final,'" Riske said.
"I had faith that things would turn around at some point, I just wasn't sure when. I thought maybe it was too late, even when I broke back to make it 4-3, but I stayed in there and I fought for every point."

Riske climbs 12 places in the latest WTA rankings to No. 49 in the world, which is 13 spots off her career-high, while Bertens remains No. 4.

Meanwhile, the No. 1 ranking will be up for grabs at the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham this week. French Open champion Ashleigh Barty could overtake Naomi Osaka and land at World No. 1 by reaching the final, but she would have to win the title should Osaka win her opening match. If Osaka makes the final, she will secure the No. 1 ranking and be the top seed at Wimbledon.

It’s only the second time since 2012 that the WTA top three will be competing at the same tournament outside of the top tier events (WTA Finals, Premier Mandatory, Premier 5), with No. 3 Karolina Pliskova also joining the field, alongside Elina Svitolina and Aryna Sabalenka. Angelique Kerber and Anastasija Sevastova also headline the draw - along with former No. 1s Victoria Azarenka and a returning Maria Sharapova - in Mallorca.

Latest WTA Rankings, Monday June 17


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


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Latest WTA Rankings 17 June 2019 - Garcia back in top 25 after winning Nottingham title; Riske returns to top 50 following Libema Open triumph

Caroline Garcia is back in the top 25 and Alison Riske returns to the top 50 after both won dramatic finals in Nottingham and s-Hertogenbosch respectively on Sunday.

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