Wimbledon’s ban last year meant that players received no points in 2022, leaving many players who had strong runs in SW19 without any rise in ranking.
The emblematic case was that of Elena Rybakina, who despite being champion that year remained out of the top 20 until early 2023 when she quickly climbed to the top 10 after being a finalist at the Australian Open (defeated by Aryna Sabalenka).
This year, all the participants had the opportunity to add points since none defended the points of the previous year.
One who had reason to celebrate was Sofia Kenin, the former Australian Open champion who has not found the consistency that brought her to world number 4, and after dealing with various injuries, is now looking to return to the top. the rankings
Kenin won his first three qualifying matches, defeating Tylor Townsend in the decider to enter the main draw. There, he surprised everyone by defeating the seventh seed Coco Gauff. She didn’t stop there; in the second round, she eliminated Chinese player Wang Xinyu, but fell in the third round against Svitolina.
With this result, Kenin climbed 37 places, peaking at world number 91, marking his return to the top 100 after 16 months.
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Another beneficiary was elina svitolina, who has seen an incredible rise up the rankings in recent weeks after winning the title in Strasbourg and reaching the quarterfinals at the French Open. The Ukrainian defeated Venus Williams, Elise Mertens (28th seed), Kenin, Victoria Azarenka (19th seed) and World No.1 Iga Swiatek, but lost to Marketa Vondrousova in the semifinals.
Svitolina moved up 49 places and is now ranked No. 27 in the world, making her the highest-ranked Ukrainian, beating Anhelina Kalinina by just one place. With this, she practically ensures a top seed position at the next US Open, considering that she has no points to defend in the next few weeks.
Other players also made significant jumps up the rankings. Champion Vondrousova climbed 32 places and entered the top 10 for the first time in her career.
russian sensation myrrh andreeva she reached the eighth finals of the qualifiers and defeated two seeds along the way, Krejcikova (10th) and Potpova (22nd), reaching her best ranking of 66th in the world and making her top 100 debut.
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