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Latest WTA Rankings 22 October 2018 - Daria Kasatkina cracks top 10 for the first time with Moscow title triumph

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Ranking 22 Oct 2018
  • Latest WTA rankings
  • Kasatkina into the top 10 with Moscow victory
  • Goerges falls to No. 14 despite winning in Luxembourg
Daria Kasatkina (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)

Daria Kasatkina has broken into the top 10 for the first time after taking home her second WTA title at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow on Sunday.

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A runner-up at the Kremlin Cup 12 months ago, Kasatkina went one step further on Sunday as she ended the dream run of Tunisian qualifier Ons Jabeur to capture her first WTA crown on hardcourt and in her native Russia. The 21-year-old staged a magnificent fightback to secure the silverware, recovering from a set and a break down before prevailing 2-6 7-6(3) 6-4 in a match that lasted two hours and five minutes and saw Jabeur cramping towards the final games.

“It was a dream of mine since childhood, to win the Kremlin Cup in front of my crowd,” Kasatkina said. “I’m so happy, I still can’t believe it. I have to go to the airport now, but I’m still happy.
“There were fans from Russia, from Tunisia, from everywhere - the atmosphere felt more like Fed Cup, but it was great. But it was amazing because this is what sport is about, the passion.”

Kasatkina rises four spots in the latest WTA rankings to crack the top 10 for the first time in her young career courtesy of the triumph. The Russian, who also finished runner-up to Naomi Osaka at the Premier Mandatory BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells earlier this year, also overtakes Aryna Sabalenka as the first alternate for this week’s WTA Finals Singapore season-ending championships.



Jabeur had already made history for her country in Moscow, becoming the first Tunisian to reach a WTA final, but she couldn’t quite get over the line for her first title. Regardless, Jabeur climbs a massive 39 places in the rankings to a career-high mark of No. 62 and ensure a spot in the Australian Open main draw in January.

“I’m very happy that I made it to the final,” Jabeur said. “It was very long, eight matches was kind of long for me coming from qualifying. But I wanted to win today.
“It wasn’t meant to be today. And maybe it’s a little bit lack of experience, but this is my first final so hopefully I can have many more and win some titles.”

Meanwhile, last year’s Moscow champion Julia Goerges picked up her second title of the season at the BGL Luxembourg Open, defeating another qualifier in former top 10 player Belinda Bencic 6-4 7-5 in the final.

Goerges finishes the season the same way she started it by winning a title, with the German also emerging triumphant at the ASB Classic in Auckland in the first week of the season. However, Goerges has actually dropped five rungs on the rankings ladder from No. 9 to No. 14 because the Moscow title she won last year was Premier-level, while Luxembourg is only International. The 29-year-old is also defending the WTA Elite Trophy title in Zhuhai at the end of the season.

Bencic won seven matches from qualifying but fell just short in the final as she aimed for her first WTA title since 2015. The former World No. 7, who has been plagued by injuries throughout her young career, moves up 10 spots in the rankings to No. 37 - her highest mark in two years.

The season’s best eight players - minus injured World No. 1 Simona Halep - are in action this week at the WTA Finals Singapore. Caroline Wozniacki is the defending champion.

Latest WTA rankings, Monday October 22


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


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Latest WTA Rankings 22 October 2018 - Daria Kasatkina cracks top 10 for the first time with Moscow title triumph

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