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Latest WTA Rankings 29 October 2018: Elina Svitolina rises to World No. 4 after winning WTA Finals Singapore

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Ranking 28 Oct 2018
  • Latest WTA rankings
  • Svitolina climbs to No. 4 with WTA Finals victory
  • Halep ends 2018 as No. 1
Elina Svitolina (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images for the WTA)

Elina Svitolina will finish the year as World No. 4 after winning the biggest title of her career at the season-ending WTA Finals Singapore on Sunday.

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Just over a week ago, Svitolina didn’t think she’d even be competing at the WTA Finals Singapore, with a difficult end to the season meaning her participation at the tournament was in the hands of others heading into the final week of the regular calendar.

However, as fate would have it, Svitolina ended up stamping her ticket to Singapore, and once she arrived she was unbeatable, with the Ukrainian scoring five top 10 wins (four of them gruelling three-set battles) to take home the prestigious season-ending silverware. One of those three-set epics came in Sunday’s final, with Svitolina coming back from a set down to conquer former U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens 3-6 6-2 6-2.

After going down in the round robin phase last year in Singapore, Svitolina won all five of her matches and improved her incredible streak in finals to nine straight wins, while her overall record in title matches is a superb 13-2.

"Of course I know that I won lots of finals, but for me every final is a big challenge," Svitolina stated. "Today, not everything worked in the first set, but I fought back and that's what brought me to the win today. I'm very proud of this."

Svitolina finishes 2018 with four titles, adding Singapore to earlier triumphs in Brisbane, Dubai and Rome, with the latter two successful title defences from her breakout 2017 season, where she hit a career-high ranking of No. 3.

Elina Svitolina (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
For all of Svitolina’s struggles this season - especially after the French Open - the 24-year-old ends 2018 just one spot lower at No. 4, moving up three rungs on the rankings ladder courtesy of her Singapore success.

“I think I have nothing to prove anymore to anyone,” Svitolina added. “It’s definitely a good statement for myself and good boost of - I can't say confidence, because I try to always have confidence in myself, to have it is my personality.
“I think for me it's just that the third set really showed that I was mentally tough. That's what made the difference.”

Meanwhile, Stephens remains at No. 6 in the world after making the final of Singapore in her debut appearance at the WTA Finals. The American put together a great consolidation campaign after breaking through to win her first major title at the U.S. Open last year, winning her first Premier Mandatory title in Miami and finishing runner-up at the French Open, Rogers Cup and Singapore to end the season inside the top 10 for the first time.

Despite being unable to compete in Singapore due to a back injury, Simona Halep ends 2018 as the World No. 1 after winning her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open, with Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber finishing No. 2 and Australian Open winner Caroline Wozniacki rounding out the top three. U.S. Open and Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka ends her stellar year at No. 5, while Petra Kvitova, Karolina Pliskova, Kiki Bertens and Daria Kasatkina round out the top 10.

There’s still one more WTA event to be played in 2018, with the best eight players outside the top eight competing at the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai this week, including Daria Kasatkina, Anastasija Sevastova, Aryna Sabalenka, Elise Mertens, Julia Goerges, Madison Keys, Garbine Muguruza, Caroline Garcia, Ashleigh Barty and Anett Kontaveit.

Latest WTA rankings, Monday October 29


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


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Latest WTA Rankings 29 October 2018: Elina Svitolina rises to World No. 4 after winning WTA Finals Singapore

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