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Latest WTA Rankings 20 May 2019 - Karolina Pliskova rises to No. 2 following Internazionali BNL d’Italia triumph in Rome

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Ranking 20 May 2019
  • Latest WTA rankings
  • Pliskova moves up to No. 2 with Rome title
  • Rome runner-up Konta back into top 30
  • Sakkari hits career-high No. 29 after semi-final run
Karolina Pliskova (PA Images)

Karolina Pliskova is up to No. 2 in the latest WTA rankings after capturing the biggest clay-court title of her career at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome.

Pliskova assured herself the No. 2 seeding at the upcoming French Open after conquering a resurgent Johanna Konta 6-3 6-4 to claim the Internazionali BNL d’Italia crown in Rome on Sunday.

The former World No. 1 avenged a Stuttgart defeat to Victoria Azarenka in the quarter-finals and overcame an in-form Maria Sakkari in the semis before taking care of Konta in the showpiece. Pliskova is the first Czech player to win the Rome title since Regina Marsikova in 1978 as she won her fifth match in six meetings over Konta.

"It feels great, especially since nobody really gave me a chance for this tournament, even, I think, me," Pliskova said in her post-victory press conference. "Before the tournament, I was not super confident, not thinking about the final at all. I was just happy with every match I played.
"So it's little bit like a miracle for me because clay, this tournament, since I haven't played well here, and on clay it's always tough. I played some good clay court girls. Of course, I'm super happy."

The only player to reach at least the quarter-finals at the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami this season, Pliskova - who hit the No. 1 ranking two years ago - has risen five spots in the latest WTA rankings to No. 2 in the world.

Johanna Konta and Karolina Pliskova (PA Images)
It’s been arguably the most consistent season of Pliskova’s career so far, but the Czech still trails World No. 1 Naomi Osaka by 801 points.

Meanwhile, despite falling just short in the final, it was an outstanding week for Konta, who continues her unexpected resurgence on clay after also finishing runner-up in Rabat to Sakkari a few weeks ago.

Konta beat the likes of Sloane Stephens, Venus Williams, Marketa Vondrousova and Madrid champion Kiki Bertens before going down to Pliskova. The former World No. 4 has suffered an underwhelming last couple of seasons, but Konta is back heading in the right direction after Rome, rising 16 places in the rankings to No. 26.

In other ranking movements, Ashleigh Barty rises to a career-high of No. 8, Elina Svitolina falls three spots to No. 9 after failing to defend her title and Rome semi-finalist Sakkari moves up 10 rungs to a career-high No. 29.

Former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko also slides 13 spots to No. 40, meaning she will be unseeded at the second major of the season.

The majority of top players are absent this week as they prepare for the French Open, although there are some top 20 stars in action, with Barty, Aryna Sabalenka and Qiang Wang leading the field in Strasbourg, while No. 39 Yulia Putintseva is the highest-ranked player competing in Nurnberg.

Latest WTA Rankings, Monday May 20


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


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Latest WTA Rankings 20 May 2019 - Karolina Pliskova rises to No. 2 following Internazionali BNL d’Italia triumph in Rome

Karolina Pliskova is up to No. 2 in the latest WTA rankings after capturing the biggest clay-court title of her career at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome.

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