Our Rankings Round-Up is our weekly Wednesday piece in which we discuss the rises and falls in the weekly ATP, WTA, ITF, ITA, LTA and Tennis Europe rankings.
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Well, we just can’t stop talking about Johanna Konta. The British Number One continues to smash her career best ranking with exceptional performances in big tournaments. This week, JoKo rises to #21 in the world, just inches away from top 16 seedings in all the major events, and continues to maintain her excellent recent form.
It’s far from doom and gloom beneath her, though, with three new career highs for our WTA ladies. Katie Swan moves inside the top 500 with a 58-place rise to #463, while Gabi Taylor moves to within touching distance of the top 500 after two excellent weeks in Mexico: she’s up 152 places to #503. Also, Emily Appleton continues to set new career highs despite not playing in any senior events: she’s up 6 to #927.
Plenty going on elsewhere too, with Heather Watson rising towards where she started the year at #55, while Laura Robson may not be having the greatest time on court at the moment, but her wildcards and protected ranking entries are giving her points here and there: she’s up 36 to #468.
More falls than rises, unfortunately, in the Men’s game after the Miami fortnight. Let’s start with the good: Evan Hoyt hits a new career high of #548, while Ed Corrie and James Marsalek also enjoy decent rises, moving up to #402 and #624 respectively.
The falls come mainly due to Brit inactivity, rather than poor form: Marcus Willis, Daniel Cox and David Rice all suffer from a reluctance to play outside the UK, while Tom Farquharson drops outside the top 1000, having not played at all this year. Marcus Walters suffers the biggest drop, losing 387 places and moving outside the top 2000, but at 18 years of age, we’re certain the Brit won’t find it too difficult to recover.
The biggest junior rises come as a result of results in Qatar: Paul Jubb continues to take the ITF circuit by storm, rising 268 places to #471 after his first ITF title. Beaten finalist Ewen Lumsden also rises 107 places to #363, while other Boys in action last week such as Joe Tyler, Jake Hersey, Damian Rodriguez and George Loffhagen all enjoy steady rises due to singles successes.
Megan Davies‘ title in Doha doesn’t make a huge difference to her ranking: she climbs just the 41 places to #221 in the world, and ought to be stepping up from Grade 4 level in the near future. Once again, Esther Adeshina benefits, moving inside the top 400 at #377.
In the US collegiate rankings, Daneika Borthwick continues her rise to the elite of the collegiate game: she’s up from 55 to 39 in this week’s individual ITA rankings, although Emma Devine drops out of the top 125. The same selection of gents are ranked, with Andrew Watson re-entering at #98, while Cameron Norrie remains steadfast at #3. Incidentally, the Brit won Player of the Week in the Big 12 Conference after two ranked victories in competitive match play.