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Latest WTA Rankings 29 April 2019 - Petra Kvitova closing in on No. 1 ranking after winning Stuttgart title

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Ranking 29 Apr 2019
  • Latest WTA rankings
  • Kvitova up to No. 2 with Stuttgart title
  • Martic rises to No. 36 after maiden title triumph in Istanbul
Petra Kvitova (PA Images)

Petra Kvitova narrowed the gap to Naomi Osaka and the No. 1 ranking after winning her first Porsche Tennis Grand Prix title in Stuttgart on Sunday.

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Kvitova became the first player to win multiple WTA titles this season as she saved two set points in the second set in Sunday’s final showdown with Anett Kontaveit to prevail 6-3 7-6(2).

Eighteen different WTA champions were crowned prior to Stuttgart, but Kvitova snapped the record-breaking streak as she captured her 27th career title and fifth on clay, adding the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix silverware to the Sydney title she secured at the start of the season.

Kvitova also finished runner-up at the Australian Open and Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and leads the WTA Race to Shenzhen by almost 700 points.

"I’m so glad that I reached the final, already," Kvitova said after two previous semi-final finishes in Stuttgart. "I’ve been in semifinals before but not in the final. Of course, winning this trophy and a beautiful car is a big bonus. And I’m glad that I actually broke my streak losing in the final as well.”

Kvitova is now just 136 points behind Osaka and the No. 1 ranking, however she is defending champion points in Prague and Madrid over the next fortnight and hasn’t entered Prague this week, so it’s impossible for her to accumulate enough points over the next couple of weeks. The Czech leapfrogs Simona Halep into No. 2, while Angelique Kerber is up to No. 4, climbing above Karolina Pliskova, who lost points after failing to defend her Stuttgart title.

Kontaveit, who made the Miami Open semi-finals last month, remains one spot off her career-high ranking of No. 14 after making her first Stuttgart final.

Elsewhere, Petra Martic secured her first WTA title at the age of 28 after coming from behind to beat rising teenager Marketa Vondrousova 1-6 6-4 6-1 to win the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup title.

Ranked outside the top 600 two years ago as she was sidelined for almost a year with a back injury, Martic hit a career-high ranking of No. 31 in January and sits at No. 36 after winning her maiden title in Istanbul, improving her record over Vondrousova to a perfect 4-0.

The 19-year-old Vondrousova rises to a new career-high ranking despite falling in the final, moving up six spots to No. 40.

No. 5 Karolina Pliskova and No. 13 Anastasija Sevastova lead the field at the J&T Banka Prague Open this week, while No. 18 Elise Mertens is the top seed at the WTA International event in Rabat, Morocco.

Latest WTA Rankings, Monday April 8


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


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Latest WTA Rankings 29 April 2019 - Petra Kvitova closing in on No. 1 ranking after winning Stuttgart title

Petra Kvitova narrowed the gap to Naomi Osaka and the No. 1 ranking after winning her first Porsche Tennis Grand Prix title in Stuttgart on Sunday.

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