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Latest WTA Rankings 19 June 2017: Rising stars Donna Vekic and Anett Kontaveit surge up the rankings after respective title triumphs

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 19 Jun 2017
  • Latest WTA rankings
  • Kontaveit cracks the top 40
  • Vekic up to career-high No. 58
Donna Vekic of Croatia poses with the Nottingham trophy (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images for LTA)

Young guns Donna Vekic and Anett Kontaveit have surged to new career-high rankings after claiming WTA titles in Nottingham and s-Hertogenbosch respectively on Sunday.






The 20-year-old Vekic produced a sensational comeback to capture the second WTA title of her career and first in over three years at the Aegon Open in Nottingham, downing top seed Johanna Konta 2-6 7-6(3) 7-5. Vekic made headlines when she made her first tour final as a 16-year-old in 2012 in Tashkent and 18 months later when she won her maiden title in Kuala Lumpur, but she struggled to maintain that success over the last few years.

Indeed, 12 months ago Vekic was ranked outside the top 100 and was barely winning matches on tour. Now she’s the Aegon Open champion, beating a top 10 star in the final, and is up to a career-high ranking of No. 58.

"It's pretty amazing and I'm really, really happy," Vekic said. "Jo played amazing and she's having an amazing year, but I was just trying to focus on myself, serve and good as I can and be aggressive, which is not easy against her. Wimbledon is my favourite tournament of the year and I'm very happy that I can go into that winning a couple of matches, but first, next week is Birmingham.”

Donna Vekic (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images for LTA)
Konta also moves up in the latest rankings despite falling in the final, rising one spot ton No. 7. Both Vekic and Konta will compete in Birmingham this week. Vekic finished runner-up at Birmingham in 2013.

Meanwhile, young Estonian firebrand Anett Kontaveit captured the first WTA title of her career after powering past fellow rising star Natalia Vikhlyantseva 6-2 6-3 in s-Hertogenbosch.

Kontaveit has been one of the form players on tour over the last couple of months, and she’s made a superb transition from clay to grass, capping a dream week with the Ricoh Open silverware.




"I'm so thrilled and happy, and really, really proud to win this title,” Kontaveit said. “I’ve been trying to keep low expectations, just to take it match by match and not thinking of the result so much. I'm working really hard and I think it's a result of that and I'm really happy with how I'm improving and how things are working out right now."

The first Estonian to win a WTA title since Kaia Kanepi in 2013, Kontaveit continues her rapid rise up the rankings in 2017, checking in at a career-high No. 36 after her Ricoh Open triumph. Vikhlyantseva, 20, also hits a career-high mark of No. 65 after reaching her first tour-level final.

There was minimal movement in the WTA top 20 this week as players took a break after the French Open. Eight top 20 players return to action this week, including Elina Svitolina, Dominika Cibulkova, Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova in Birmingham, while Victoria Azarenka makes her long-awaited comeback in Mallorca.

WTA Tour Rankings Top 20, Monday 19 June 2017

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


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Latest WTA Rankings 19 June 2017: Rising stars Donna Vekic and Anett Kontaveit surge up the rankings after respective title triumphs

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