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Latest WTA Rankings 21 October 2019 - Bencic equals career-high ranking of No. 7 with Moscow title; Ostapenko back into top 50 after winning Luxembourg

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Ranking 21 Oct 2019
  • Latest WTA rankings
  • Bencic up to No. 7 after winning Moscow
  • Ostapenko returns to top 50 with Luxembourg title
  • Stephens out of top 20; Wozniacki drops out of top 30
Belinda Bencic (PA Images)

Belinda Bencic has equalled her career-high ranking of No. 7 after capping a milestone week by winning her second title of the season at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

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One day after celebrating her first qualification into the prestigious season-ending WTA Finals, Bencic had more reason to jump for joy on Sunday, winning 12 of the last 14 games against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to secure her fourth career title in Moscow, beating the Russian by a 3-6 6-1 6-1 scoreline.

Bencic needed a wildcard to enter the Kremlin Cup as the Swiss made a last-ditch - and ultimately successful - attempt to earn one of the coveted eight spots at the WTA Finals Shenzhen. The 22-year-old secured her spot in the ‘elite eight’ by making the final and will now bring a winning streak into the championships after her title triumph in Moscow.

"It feels unbelievable right now. I still can't imagine it," Bencic said in her on-court interview.
"I had no pressure going into this match. We were so happy yesterday, celebrating [Shenzhen] and this is the cherry on top."

Bencic, who also beat four top 10 players on her way to the Dubai title earlier this season, rises three spots in the latest WTA rankings to equal her career-high mark of No. 7.

The Swiss leapfrogs reigning WTA Finals champion Elina Svitolina, who lost her opening match in Moscow and drops four spots to No. 8.

Elsewhere, it was a resurgent week for Jelena Ostapenko, with the former French Open champion winning her third career title and first since that stunning victory at Roland Garros as she defeated Julia Goerges in straight sets in Luxembourg.

The Latvian had been having an extremely poor season, but Ostapenko has returned to some of her best tennis since linking up with Marian Bartoli, reaching her first final of 2019 last week in Linz and now going one step further in Luxembourg, crushing defending champion Goerges 6-4 6-1 on Sunday.

"Of course it’s great to finish the season with winning a title, especially in the last tournament," Ostapenko said after her victory. "I enjoyed this week so much, and I think I played really well today. I just like to finish the year this way."

Ostapenko is back into the top 50 courtesy of her title triumph, climbing 19 places in the latest WTA rankings to No. 44.

There’s also been a number of significant falls for various big names who competed in the WTA Finals last season, with Sloane Stephens dropping 11 spots to No. 23, Caroline Wozniacki slipping 15 places to No. 38 and Angelique Kerber moving down four rungs to No. 17.

The WTA Finals Shenzhen will run from October 27 to November 3, while the Zhuhai Championships - reserved for the next eight best players of the season - begins this week on October 22.

Latest WTA Rankings, Monday October 21


1. Ashleigh Barty
2. Karolina Pliskova
3. Naomi Osaka
4. Bianca Andreescu (+1) 
5. Simona Halep (+1)
6. Petra Kvitova (+1)
7. Belinda Bencic (+3)
8. Elina Svitolina (-4)
9. Serena Williams
10. Kiki Bertens (-2)
11. Johanna Konta
12. Sofia Kenin (+3)
13. Madison Keys (+1)
14. Aryna Sabalenka (+2)
15. Petra Martic (+2)
16. Marketa Vondrousova (+2)
17. Angelique Kerber (-4)
18. Elise Mertens (+1)
19. Alison Riske (+1)
20. Donna Vekic (+1)


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