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Latest WTA Rankings 8 April 2019: Madison Keys and Garbine Muguruza cement top 20 spots with WTA titles

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Madison Keys and Garbine Muguruza have cemented their spots in the top 20 after winning the Charleston and Monterrey titles respectively on Sunday.

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Keys has climbed back into the top 15 and Muguruza has remained inside the top 20 following their runs to the Charleston and Monterrey titles.

Keys snapped a 20-month title drought by prevailing on the green clay of Charleston, taking home the Volvo Car Open silverware after a 7-6(5) 6-3 victory over former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki.

It’s the fourth WTA title of the American’s career and Keys’ first trophy since landing the Stanford crown back in 2017. It was also Keys’ first final since the 2017 U.S. Open and her first title on clay.

"It means so much," Keys said after her victory. “I’ve always loved Charleston. It's always been one of my favorite tournaments, so to now be able to say that I've won the tournament and be on the trophy is really, really special."
"It's definitely been a really great week for me, especially after having some really tough losses the last couple of weeks," Keys continued. "And to be able to really bounce back and have a really good week of training with my coach, Nacho, and then be able to come and win the tournament, it definitely is a very good springboard for heading over to Europe."

Keys has struggled with a lot of injury problems since her career-best season in 2017 launched her into the top 10 and a first major final at the U.S. Open, but she’s moved up four places in the latest WTA rankings to No. 14.

Wozniacki meanwhile enjoyed her best week of the season despite falling just short in the final. The Dane hadn’t reached a quarter-final in 2019 prior to Charleston, but she heads into the European clay swing confident and ready to build on a promising week. Wozniacki rises one spot in the rankings to No. 12.

Elsewhere, Muguruza successfully defended her Abierto GNP Seguros title in Monterrey after fellow major champion and former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka was forced to retire with a leg injury while down 6-1 3-1.

Muguruza has endured a tough last 12 months and hadn’t advanced to a final since winning the Monterrey title last year, but the Spaniard made it back-to-back titles in the Mexican city, claiming the seventh title of her career.

As she won the title last year, Muguruza doesn’t actually gain any ranking points for her triumph one season later, but the two-time Grand Slam champion has defended all of them and consolidated her current ranking of No. 19 as a result.

It was an unfortunate end to what was Azarenka’s first final since becoming a mother, with the Belarusian unable to continue after scoring her first top five win in three years in the semis over Angelique Kerber. The 29-year-old climbs seven rungs on the rankings ladder to No. 60.

There are two WTA International events taking place on clay this week: the Samsung Open in Lugano, Switzerland, and the Claro Open Colsanitas in Bogota, Columbia. World No. 20 Belinda Bencic is the top seed in Lugano, while No. 29 and former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko leads the field in Bogota.

Latest WTA Rankings, Monday April 8


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


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Latest WTA Rankings 8 April 2019: Madison Keys and Garbine Muguruza cement top 20 spots with WTA titles

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