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Latest WTA Rankings 12 June 2017: Jelena Ostapenko surges to No. 12 after incredible French Open title triumph

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 12 Jun 2017
  • Latest WTA rankings
  • Ostapenko up a whopping 35 spots to No. 12 after French Open victory
  • Kerber remains No. 1 despite R1 exit
Jelena Ostapenko celebrates her French Open title with her mother (Photo by Corinne Dubrinne - Pool /Getty Images)

Latvian sensation Jelena Ostapenko has sky-rocketed up the latest WTA rankings to No. 12 in the world courtesy of her stunning French Open triumph.





Ostapenko, who only turned 20 on the day of her semi-final win over Timea Bacsinszky, capped a fairytale fortnight at Roland Garros by recovering from a set and 3-0 down to capture her maiden major title with a thrilling 4-6 6-4 6-3 victory over Simona Halep.

Coming into the French Open unseeded and ranked 47 in the world, Ostapenko blasted 299 winners over the fortnight in superb wins over Olympic champion Monica Puig, 2010 French Open finalist Sam Stosur, former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, 2015 semi-finalist Bacsinszky and 2014 runner-up Halep.

“I think I cannot believe I am the Roland Garros champion and I’m only 20 years of age,” Ostapenko said. “I have no words. It was my dream. I’m really, really happy. I knew that Simona is a great player. I was just trying to fight for every point even when I was down 6-4 0-3 and again in the third set at 1-3. I’m so glad it went my way.”

Remarkably, Ostapenko had never won a title on tour before Saturday. The powerful baseliner is the first unseeded champion at Roland Garros in the Open Era and the first player to lift the French Open as their first tour-level title since Gustavo Kuerten in 1997 - on the day Ostapenko was born!

Jelena Ostapenko (Photo by Corinne Dubrinne - Pool/Getty Images)
The first unseeded grand slam champion since Kim Clijsters at the 2009 US Open (and the youngest French Open winner since Iva Majoli in 1997), Ostapenko climbs a staggering 35 spots in the latest WTA rankings to No. 12 in the world - 21 places ahead of her previous career-high of No. 33.

Angelique Kerber, who crashed out of Roland Garros in the first round for the second straight year, clings on to the No. 1 ranking after Halep failed to win the title. Halep would have claimed the No. 1 spot if she had won the French Open title, but now she trails Kerber by 185 points heading into the grass season.

Karolina Pliskova would have leapfrogged both Halep and Kerber for the No. 1 spot if she had advanced to the final, but the Czech went down in the semis to Halep.

With No. 4 Serena Williams absent for the foreseeable future and the next-best challenger No. 5 Elina Svitolina almost 2000 points behind the top three, it means Kerber, Halep and Pliskova will again be battling it out for the No. 1 ranking throughout the grass season. Kerber has the most to lose, defending runner-up points from Wimbledon, with Halep and Pliskova both losing relatively early at the All England Club last year.

Other notable ranking movements over the French Open fortnight include:

  • Caroline Wozniacki +5 to No. 7
  • Garbine Muguruza -10 to No. 15
  • Caroline Garcia +6 to No. 21
  • Timea Bacsinszky + 9 to No. 22
  • Kiki Bertens -9 to No. 27
  • Sam Stosur -12 to No. 34

The WTA Tour immediately moves onto the grass season this week, with a pair of International-level events taking place in Nottingham and s-Hertogenbosch. Dominika Cibulkova and Kristina Mladenovic lead the field in s-Hertogenbosch while Jo Konta and Anastasija Sevastova headline the Nottingham draw.

WTA Tour Rankings Top 20, Monday 12 June 2017

1. Angelique Kerber
2. Simona Halep (+2)
3. Karolina Pliskova
4. Serena Williams (-4)
5. Elina Svitolina (+1)
6. Dominika Cibulkova (+1)
7. Caroline Wozniacki (+5)
8. Johanna Konta
9. Svetlana Kuznetsova
10. Agnieszka Radwanska
11. Venus Williams
12. Jelena Ostapenko (+35)
13. Kristina Mladenovic (+1)
14. Madison Keys (-1)
15.   Garbine Muguruza (-10)
16. Elina Vesnina (-1)
17. Petra Kvitova (-1)
18. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (-1)
19. Anastasija Sevastova (-1)
20. Barbora Strycova (+1)


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Latest WTA Rankings 12 June 2017: Jelena Ostapenko surges to No. 12 after incredible French Open title triumph

Latvian sensation Jelena Ostapenko has sky-rocketed up the latest WTA rankings to No. 12 in the world courtesy of her stunning French Open triumph.

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