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Latest WTA Rankings 19 November 2018: Former No. 14 Peng Shuai returns to top 200 with Houston triumph

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Ranking 19 Nov 2018
  • Latest WTA rankings
  • Peng rises back into top 200 after suspension
  • Kumkhum up to career-high No. 66
Peng Shuai (Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Former top 15 player Peng Shuai is back into the world’s top 200 after winning the WTA 125k Series title in Houston on Sunday night.

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A former U.S. Open semi-finalist and with a total of 13 victories over top 10 players, Peng - who hit a career-high ranking of No. 14 back in 2011 - was suspended for six months earlier this season after she was found to have breached the sport’s anti-corruption code by attempting to change her doubles partner after the sign-in deadline at Wimbledon 2017.

Peng was found to have used coercion and offered the possibility of financial reward in return for her main draw partner to withdraw from the women’s doubles, and although the offer was refused and Peng didn’t actually compete in the doubles event, the Tennis Integrity Unit said she breached the policies of the Anti-Corruption Program and as a result, she hasn’t played since Wimbledon 2018.

It was all a very messy and strange situation, but Peng has fought back from her ban to end her 2018 season on a positive note, beating Lauren Davis - the American who pushed World No. 1 Simona Halep to 15-13 in the third set at the Australian Open in January - in three sets on Sunday to win the WTA 125k Series Oracle Challenger Series title in Houston.



Peng recovered from 1-6, 1-3 down to stage a miraculous comeback and edge Davis by a 1-6 7-5 6-4 scoreline. The 32-year-old rises a whopping 113 spots in the latest WTA rankings to No. 183 in the world, ensuring a place in Australian Open qualifying.

Davis has also ensured a spot in Australian Open qualifying after making the third round of the main draw this year, rising 68 places to No. 173 courtesy of her runner-up finish. The diminutive American experienced a tough season with illness after her marathon showdown with Halep in Melbourne, but she has ended the year in strong fashion.

Elsewhere, Luksika Kumkhum capped a stellar week at the Taipei OEC Open, claiming the WTA 125k Series title with a 6-1 6-3 victory over former World No. 12 and Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki.

Kumkhum climbs 15 rungs on the rankings ladder to a career-high mark of No. 66 during a year in which she also made her first Grand Slam third around at the Australian Open, while Lisicki - who has struggled significantly with injuries over the last few years - has moved up 60 spots to No. 202, which will see her gain entry into Australian Open qualifying.

Latest WTA rankings, Monday November 19


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


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