After the conclusion of the two-week Internazionali BNL d’Italia, the latest WTA rankings have been released. While there are no significant changes in the Top 20, several players have achieved noteworthy career milestones.
Retaining her position as the top-ranked player in the WTA rankings is Iga Swiatek, who has now spent an impressive 60 consecutive weeks at the number one spot since April 4, 2022. Although the two-time defending champion suffered a thigh injury during a late-night match against Elena Rybakina in this year’s Rome quarterfinals, Swiatek remains the dominant force in women’s tennis, holding a substantial lead of 1,399 points over the second-ranked Aryna Sabalenka.
The Top 5 has a new member, Elena Rybakina. The newly-crowned Internazionali BNL d’Italia champion has risen from No.6 to No.4. Notably, Rybakina had already made history as the first player representing Kazakhstan to break into the Top 10. Now, she elevates that accomplishment even further.
After a quarterfinal showing in Rome, China’s Zheng Qinwen is making her Top 20 debut, moving up from No.21 to No.19 this week. Only four Chinese WTA players have been ranked higher: Li Na (No.2), Wang Qiang (No.12), Peng Shuai (No.14) and Zheng Jie (No.15).
The star of the 2023 Internazionali BNL d’Italia was Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina, who knocked out two Top 20 players (Beatriz Haddad Maia and Veronika Kudermetova) en route to the final, from which she unfortunately retired midway through due to a leg injury. The successful fortnight in Rome has propelled the Ukrainian from No.47 to a career-high ranking of No.25.
France’s Diane Parry emerged as the champion of the WTA 125 Trophee Clarins tournament on her home soil after Caty McNally withdrew from the final due to a leg injury. This victory has had a significant impact on Parry’s ranking, as she has climbed an impressive 32 spots to reach No. 77 in the WTA standings.
Also on home soil, Italy’s Jasmine Paolini secured her second WTA 125 trophy by triumphing over Taylor Townsend in the final of the Firenze Ladies Open. The Italian has ascended 13 spots to No.52.