No spam ever. Unsubscribe in one click. By submitting your email address, you indicate your consent to receiving email marketing messages from us.

Latest WTA Rankings 4 February 2019: Kiki Bertens consolidates top 10 status with eighth WTA title in St. Petersburg

  • Latest WTA rankings
  • Bertens stays No. 8 with St. Petersburg victory
  • Yastremska rises to career-high No. 34 after winning second WTA title in Hua Hin
Kiki Bertens (Photo by OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images)

Kiki Bertens has cemented her top 10 status with a statement title triumph at the Premier-level St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Sunday.

(geo restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify)

World No. 8 Bertens secured the eighth WTA title of her career, staging an outstanding comeback to beat the rising Donna Vekic in straight sets in St. Petersburg.

Vekic sprinted out of the blocks and raced to a 5-2 double break lead in the opening set, but Bertens began to find her range as the match went on, and once she did the Dutchwoman was virtually impossible to stop. Indeed, Bertens reeled off 17 of the next 18 points from 2-5 down to take the opener in the tiebreak, while she rode that momentum all the way through the second to register a 7-6(2) 6-4 victory to capture her first title of 2019.

"It's a great feeling to hold the trophy," Bertens said after the match. "It was a really tough week. Every tournament has its challenges, but I think I played great the whole week. I didn't start good today, but I was still able to turn the match around, so I'm really proud of that."

Bertens, who also beat fellow top 10 star Aryna Sabalenka in the semi-finals, continues her rapid improvement on hardcourts from over the last six months, adding the St. Petersburg crown to trophies won in Cincinnati and Seoul in the last half of 2018.

The 27-year-old added 415 ranking points to her total of 4,845 courtesy of the triumph, leaving her as No. 8 in the world and only 95 points behind No. 7 Elina Svitolina.

Vekic meanwhile jumps five spots to a new career-high ranking of No. 25 after reaching the biggest final of her career.

Dayana Yastremska (Photo by CHALINEE THIRASUPA/AFP/Getty Images)
Elsewhere, Dayana Yastremska continued her whirlwind rise into the WTA’s elite by winning her second career title at the inaugural Thailand Open in Hua Hin.

The 18-year-old was down 2-5 in the deciding set against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic before taking a somewhat controversial medical time-out for an injured knee. Yastremska would go on to win the next four games in succession before elevating her game in the tiebreak to prevail 6-2 2-6 7-6(3).

"The match was really tough for me," Yastremska told the press. "The first set I played maximum, and the second set, I felt that I can’t play like that, like how I played the first set, and I didn’t know what’s going on. I tried my best, and I tried to do the same things I was doing in the first set, but it’s just feelings like you’re empty, completely empty. I don’t know how to describe that."

Ranked outside the top 100 just a few months ago, Yastremska - who won her maiden WTA title in Hong Kong in October - is now at a new career-high of No. 34 following her triumph in Hua Hin. It’s been a monumental rise for the Ukrainian, and Yastremska is showing no signs of slowing down.

Tomljanovic meanwhile falls to 0-4 in WTA finals, but the 25-year-old also has a new career-high ranking courtesy of her run in Hua Hin, moving up eight places to No. 41.

Latest WTA rankings, Monday February 4


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


Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

Latest WTA Rankings 4 February 2019: Kiki Bertens consolidates top 10 status with eighth WTA title in St. Petersburg

Kiki Bertens has cemented her top 10 status with a statement title triumph at the Premier-level St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Sunday.

Read more »

You have unread messages

You have unread messages