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Latest WTA Rankings 6 May 2019: Sakkari back into top 40 after winning Rabat title; Teichmann surges into top 100 with Prague victory

  • Latest WTA rankings
  • Sakkari breaks back into top 40 with Rabat title
  • Teichmann makes top 100 debut following Prague triumph
Maria Sakkari (PA Images)

Maria Sakkari and Jil Teichmann won their maiden WTA titles in Rabat and Prague respectively on the weekend and both experienced big jumps in the latest rankings as a result.

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Competing in her second WTA final after finishing runner-up in San Jose last season, Sakkari staged a brilliant fightback in the Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem final in Rabat against Johanna Konta, recovering from 2-6 2-4 down to prevail 2-6 6-4 6-2 and capture her first piece of tour-level silverware.

Sakkari had also completed impressive victories against defending champion and top seed Elise Mertens and eighth seed Alison Van Uytvanck on her way to the final.

The 23-year-old, who has a career-high ranking of No. 29, moves up 12 spots in the latest WTA rankings to No. 39, re-entering the top 40 as she looks to better that mark over the coming months.

It was a big weekend for Greece, with Stefanos #Tsitsipas also winning the ATP Estoril title and rising to No. 9 in the men’s rankings.

The win did come at a small cost though, with Sakkari forced to play her first round in Madrid the following day as she lost in straight sets to Carla Suarez Navarro.

Elsewhere, Teichmann came from nowhere to secure her first WTA title at the J&T Banka Prague Open, defeating fellow surprise finalist Karolina Muchova 7-6(5) 3-6 6-4 in a final that lasted two hours and 44 minutes.

Teichmann had never previously advanced to a WTA quarter-final in her career before arriving in Prague, but now the 21-year-old leaves a tour-level champion, becoming the first qualifier to win the Prague title.

"I'm just speechless, honestly. I just fought and fought. It was a great battle and I'm just relieved that it's done," Teichmann said. 
"I'm exhausted, but Kaja played a great match as well. I knew it was going to be a battle, but in the end, one has to win."

The Swiss, who also beat Svetlana Kuznetsova and Barbora Strycova this week, rises a whopping 59 spots in the latest WTA rankings to No. 87 in the world. Teichmann’s previous career-high mark was No. 132.

It was still a positive week for the losing finalists, with Konta - a former top five player who is trying to work her way back up the rankings - climbing six places to No. 41, while Muchova, who has been steadily on the rise the last 12 months, is up 32 rungs on the rankings ladder to a career-high No. 74.

Naomi Osaka remains World No. 1 with the Premier Mandatory Mutua Madrid Open already underway in the Spanish capital. Defending champion Petra Kvitova is also in action at No. 2, followed by No. 3 Simona Halep and No. 4 Angelique Kerber.

Latest WTA Rankings, Monday May 6


1. Naomi Osaka
2. Petra Kvitova
3. Simona Halep
4. Angelique Kerber
5. Karolina Pliskova
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. Belinda Bencic (+1)
19. Garbine Muguruza (+1)
20. Elise Mertens (-2)


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Latest WTA Rankings 6 May 2019: Sakkari back into top 40 after winning Rabat title; Teichmann surges into top 100 with Prague victory

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