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Latest WTA Rankings 18 February 2019 - Elise Mertens breaks back into top 20 with Doha title triumph

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Ranking 17 Feb 2019
  • Latest WTA rankings
  • Mertens back into top 20 after winning Doha title
  • Halep rises to No. 2
  • Kvitova down to No. 4
Elise Mertens (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Elise Mertens has surged back inside the world’s top 20 after winning her biggest career title at the Qatar Total Open in Doha.

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Mertens put together the best week of her career in Doha to win her first WTA Premier title, beating three top 10 players on the bounce - including Kiki Bertens, Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep - to take home the silverware.

After conquering Bertens and Kerber, Mertens recovered from a set down against former No. 1 Halep in the final, outlasting the Romanian by a 3-6 6-4 6-3 scoreline to win her fifth career title.

The Belgian won three WTA crowns and made the Australian Open semi-finals during a stellar 2018 season, but Mertens believes this achievement in Doha surpasses everything from last year.



“It's a big moment for me, getting this victory. Of course playing in a Grand Slam and getting the semis is really a great achievement, but I wanted a step further to getting this trophy.

“Playing against those Top 10 players, which I back to back did this week, and especially also with the tennis I played, I think this one would be the nicest victory.
“Consistency is one of the key things to be a top player. I think Kiki Bertens already did a good job showing that last year and this year. That was a really tough match for me, but I think they were all good matches, all a part of process that I made this week.”

After dropping outside the top 20 following her inability to defend her Australian Open semi-final points and also her Hobart title, Mertens climbs five spots in the latest WTA rankings to No. 16.

Meanwhile, it was also a successful week in Doha for Halep despite the disappointment of losing in the final, with the reigning French Open champion moving up to No. 2 in the world courtesy of her runner-up finish and defending champion Petra Kvitova not playing the tournament this year. The Czech falls two spots to No. 4 as a result, with Sloane Stephens rising back up to her career-high mark of No. 3.

Former No. 1s Caroline Wozniacki and Garbine Muguruza also suffered a bit of a rankings slide this week, falling to No. 14 and No. 19 respectively.

There were also some big movements for players in and around the top 100, with Doha quarter-finalist Karolina Muchova rising 29 places to a career-high No. 103, while Vitalia Diatchenko, who beat Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon last year, claws her way back into the top 100 at No. 98 after winning back-to-back ITF titles in Grenoble and Shrewsbury.

Eight of the world’s top 10 - including World No. 1 and Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka - are currently in action at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, which got underway on Sunday.

Latest WTA rankings, Monday February 18


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


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