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Latest WTA Rankings 22 July 2019 - Elena Rybakina and Fiona Ferro earn new career-high rankings after winning first WTA titles

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Ranking 22 Jul 2019
  • Latest WTA rankings
  • Rybakina makes top 100 debut with Bucharest title
  • Ferro cracks top 80 for the first time after winning Lausanne title
Fiona Ferro (PA Images)

Elena Rybakina and Fiona Ferro have both skyrocketed to new career-high rankings after winning their first WTA titles in Bucharest and Lausanne respectively on Sunday.

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Rybakina capped a stunning week with a sublime performance in the BRD Bucharest Open final agains Patricia Maria Tig, dropping just two games in a crushing 6-2 6-0 triumph to land a maiden WTA title. The 20-year-old is the 10th first-time WTA champion of the season and only the fourth player to win a trophy without dropping a set, joining illustrious company in Ash Barty (Birmingham), Karolina Pliskova (Eastbourne) and Sofia Kenin (Hobart).

Rybakina is also the fourth-youngest WTA champion of 2019, behind Dayana Yastremska, Bianca Andreescu and Amanda Anisimova.

The Kazakh makes her top 100 debut with a bullet as a result of her triumph, with Rybakina shooting up 41 spots in the latest WTA rankings to a career-high mark of No. 65.

Despite the disappointment of falling just short in the final, it was still a phenomenal week for Tig, who made her second career final as an unranked qualifier, returning this year after missing two seasons through injury and maternity leave. Tig surges back into the WTA rankings this week at No. 264. 

Elsewhere, Ferro also claimed a first WTA title in style, starting strongly, overcoming a second-set lapse and finishing on fire to defeat third seed Alize Cornet 6-1 2-6 6-1 at the Ladies Open in Lausanne.

It was the first all-French WTA final since 2009, but it was the younger and less-experienced Ferro who prevailed, denying Cornet - who won this title in Gstaad last year - the chance to defend a WTA trophy for the first time.

"I'm very happy and very relieved," Ferro said. "It was a very tough match against a fellow French player and a friend - it was very difficult to stay calm and to stay in the moment. When you play a friend the emotions always take over."

Ferro, 22, rises 23 places in the latest WTA rankings to a career-high mark of No. 75, while Cornet drops five spots to No. 53.

Most of the leading WTA stars are again absent from competition this week as they continue to recover from Wimbledon and prepare for the North American hardcourt summer, with No. 5 Kiki Bertens leading the field in Palermo and No. 11 Anastasija Sevastova headlining the inaugural event in Jurmala.

Latest WTA Rankings, Monday July 22


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


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Latest WTA Rankings 22 July 2019 - Elena Rybakina and Fiona Ferro earn new career-high rankings after winning first WTA titles

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