Bertens makes WTA top 5, Halep 2nd, Osaka maintains lead
Kiki Bertens of Netherlands celebrates his victory against Simona Halep of Romania during their Mutua Madrid Open tennis final game at Caja Magica, in Madrid, Spain, May 11, 2019. EPA-EFE FILE/Rodrigo Jimenez
Simona Halep of Romania shows her throphy after losing against Kiki Bertens of Netherlands during their Mutua Madrid Open tennis final game at Caja Magica, in Madrid, Spain, May 11, 2019. EPA-EFE FILE/ Rodrigo Jimenez
Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka during the quarterfinals match against Switzerland's Belinda Bencic at the Mutua Madrid Open tournament held at en Caja Magica in Madrid, Spain, May 9, 2019. EPA-EFE FILE/Kiko Huesca
Madrid, May 13 (efe-epa).- Tennis player Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands reached her best career WTA ranking so far thanks to her recent title at the Madrid Open, climbing to fourth place from seventh, according to the official ranking published Monday.
The other Madrid finalist, Simona Halep of Romania, moved one place up into the second spot, after two weeks as world third-ranked, to keep putting pressure on Japan’s Naomi Osaka who maintained the lead despite her upset in the quarterfinals of the Spain-based tournament.
The 27-year-old Romanian has managed to stay among the WTA top three for almost two years now, as she was the world No.4 on May 29, 2017.
Although Germany’s Angelique Kerber had to withdraw from the Madrid Masters due to an ankle injury, her ranking improved by one spot to third place.
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, who was knocked out of the Madrid quarters at the hands of Bertens, fell three placed in the ranking and now sits in the fifth spot.
Kvitova however still leads the race to the 2019 WTA Finals, to be held in the Chinese city of Shenzhen at the end of the season, with 3,420 points, ahead of Osaka who has 2,771 points.
Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina maintained sixth place, while the other Czech player Karolina Pliskova fell two spots into seventh place.
Spaniard Garbiñe Muguruza stayed in 19th place with 2,415 points, despite losing in the first round of the Madrid Masters at the hands of Croatia’s Petra Martic who climbed eight spots, and now holds 28th place in the ranking.
The other Spanish player, Carla Suarez, fell four places and now sits in 31st spot, after being eliminated from Madrid’s second round against Slovak Viktoria Kuzmova who moved up into the 43rd ranking.
There were other movers in the WTA ranking this week, including Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova (+19, No.85 to No.66), Russian Vera Zvonareva who is a former No. 2 (+3, No.82 to No.79) and Slovakia’s Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (+17, No.109 to No.92).
1. Naomi Osaka [JPN] 6,356 points
2. Simona Halep [ROU] 6,117 points
3. Angelique Kerber [GER] 5,285 points
4. Kiki Bertens [NED] 5,115 points
5. Petra Kvitova [CZE] 5,050 points
6. Elina Svitolina [UKR] 4,866 points
7. Karolina Pliskova [CZE] 4,786 points
8. Sloane Stephens [USA] 4,656 points
9. Ashleigh Barty [AUS] 4,425 points
10. Aryna Sabalenka [BLR] 3,500 points EFE