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Latest WTA Rankings 25 February 2019 - Belinda Bencic closing in on top 20 return after winning Dubai title

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  • Bencic inching closer to top 20 return with Dubai triumph
  • Van Uytvanck remains around top 50 after defending Budapest title
Belinda Bencic (Photo by KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

Belinda Bencic is back into the world’s top 30 for the first time since 2016 after winning the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title in stunning fashion.

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A former World No. 7 four years ago after an incredible run to the Canadian Open title, Bencic put together an equally as extraordinary tournament to emerge triumphant in Dubai, eliminating four top 10 players on her way to the silverware.

After saving six match points against Aryna Sabalenka in the third round, Bencic would go on to come back from a set down to topple Simona Halep and end the reign of two-time defending champion Elina Svitolina to reach the final, where she came up against Australian Open runner-up Petra Kvitova. Bencic ultimately capped a dream week in Dubai by overcoming a mid-match lapse to conquer Kvitova by a 6-3 1-6 6-2 scoreline and secure her first title in almost four years.

“It's unbelievable. It's incredible. I mean, I still cannot believe it,” Bencic told press later. “Especially I'm realising after two rounds, we were already saying, ‘Wow, this is a great tournament.’ Now it's only bonus.
“Then I won against Sabalenka after being out already. We said the same thing again. Really, the expectations after two rounds were not there anymore. So many times I was close from defeat. It's unbelievable that I ended up winning this.”

The brilliant run brings back memories of Bencic’s triumph in Canada in 2015, when she beat the likes of Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, Serena Williams and Halep on her way to the title as a teenager.

Multiple injury problems have since held her back, but Bencic is back to full fitness and subsequently her best tennis, with the 21-year-old rising 22 spots in the latest WTA rankings to No. 23 in the world - her highest mark since the 2016 season.

Alison Van Uytvanck (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)
Kvitova meanwhile moves up one spot to No. 3, overtaking Sloane Stephens, while Kiki Bertens also leapfrogged Angelique Kerber into No. 7.

Elsewhere, Alison Van Uytvanck successfully defended her Hungarian Ladies Open title in Budapest, coming back from a set down to defeat rising star Marketa Vondrousova in three sets.

After saving five match points in her semi-final win over Ekaterina Alexandrova, Van Uytvanck was forced to come back from a set down for the third straight match this week, prevailing 1-6 7-5 6-2 in two hours.

Van Uytvanck avoided a big rankings drop by defending all of the points she won last year, registering at No. 51 in the latest WTA rankings, while the 19-year-old Vondrousova enjoys a nice climb, moving up 19 places to No. 62.

World No. 4 Sloane Stephens is the only top 20 player in action in a tour-level event this week, with the former U.S. Open champion leading the field at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco.

Latest WTA rankings, Monday February 25


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


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Latest WTA Rankings 25 February 2019 - Belinda Bencic closing in on top 20 return after winning Dubai title

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