“I don’t want success to turn me into negative”

As is well known, this week, Iga Swiatek makes its debut at # 1, thanks to Ashleigh Barty’s shock withdrawal, about which everything has already been written (here, here, here and here if you want to retrieve some of the articles on this topic). Compared to other athletes who have alternated at # 2 in recent months (Krejcikova, Sabalenka), Swiatek is, in my opinion, the one most worthy of picking up Barty’s legacy. First of all, why arrives at # 1 after making the Sunshine Double, a feat that, in the women’s field, had so far only succeeded in Steffi Graf (twice, in 1994 and 1996), Kim Clijsters (2005) and Vika Azarenka (2016). Furthermore, the victory at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells represents the third consecutive WTA 1000 won by the Polishwho hasn’t lost in 17 matches.

The victory in Miami came without losing a set and trimming the opponents 6-0, one of which in the final to Naomi Osaka. Not a small thing for a twenty-year-old who could have been overwhelmed by the consequences of Barty’s retirement and who instead proved to be up to the pressure and attention that fell on her overnight. Perhaps those who complained of having lost a dominatrix, a point of reference, will be able to find it in Swiatek? Iga also consolidates its leadership in RACE, in which, we recall, he had already passed Barty last week. The Australian was the title holder in Florida and, if she stayed in the standings today, she would have climbed the 1000 points of the 2021 win and she would have dropped to 6980 points. The gap between her and Swiatek would have narrowed to just 269 points and the handover would probably only be a matter of time. Swiatek is the 28th athlete to reach the top of the ranking, the first Polish to reach this milestone. In the recent past, Agnieszka Radwaska had stopped in second place. As for our colors, the Miami tournament has reserved lights and shadows. Jasmine Paolini she did not manage to get through the first round, after the excellent tournament played in Indian Wells. On the other hand, Lucia Bronzetti she pushed her way up to the second round losing by measure against the revived Daria Gavrilova in Saville. Recall that this week, among others, the points of the Miami Open presented by Itaú 2021 were released. Let’s see how the ranking has changed today, April 4, 2022.

WTA ranking Variation Player Tournaments Points
1 +1 Iga Swiatek 16 6711
2 +2 Barbora Krejcikova 25 4975
3 +3 Paula Badosa 30 4970
4 -1 Maria Sakkari 18 4705
5 0 Aryna Sabalenka 19 4657
6 +1 Anett Kontaveit 21 4511
7 +1 Karolina Pliskova 15 4197
8 +3 Danielle Collins 17 3151
9 0 Garbiñe Muguruza 19 3070
10 0 Ons Jabeur 19 2975
11 +1 Jelena Ostapenko 20 2805
12 +1 Emma Raducanu 21 2706
13 +8 Jessica Pegula 19 2485
14 0 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 12 2473
15 +2 Coco Gauff 21 2345
16 -1 Angelique Kerber 15 2297
17 -1 Victoria Azarenka 16 2281
18 0 Elena Rybakina 24 2261
19 +3 Leylah Fernandez 25 2156
20 -1 Simona Halep 18 2156
21 +7 Belinda Bencic 20 2151
22 +1 Veronika Kudermetova 23 2090
23 +2 Tamara Zidansek 21 1921
24 +2 Madison Keys 19 1904
25 -1 Elise Mertens 22 1840
26 +1 Sorana Cirstea 23 1840
27 -7 Elina Svitolina 22 1836
28 +1 Daria Kasatkina 22 1770
29 +3 Petra Kvitova 21 1690
30 +1 Camila Giorgi 19 1603
31 -1 Liudmila Samsonova 29 1547
32 +1 Marketa Vondrousova 20 1457
33 +1 Camila Osorio 31 1334
34 +2 Alizé Cornet 26 1315
35 +42 Naomi Osaka 11 1296
36 +2 Sloane Stephens 16 1282
37 0 Jil Teichmann 23 1277
38 +2 Clara Tauson 31 1249
39 0 Ajla Tomljanovic 23 1231
40 +2 Viktorija Golubic 28 1211
41 +2 Shuai Zhang 36 1210
42 +9 Anhelina Kalinina 39 1208
43 +7 Alison Riske 24 1201
44 +4 Shelby Rogers 28 1184
45 +8 Katerina Siniakova 21 1166
46 +1 Yulia Putintseva 23 1166
47 -6 Amanda Anisimova 20 1165
48 -3 Jasmine Paolini 31 1159
49 -14 Sara Sorribes Tormo 23 1135
50 -4 Tereza Martincova 31 1128

In top50, we note that:

  • In top 10, Ashleigh Barty’s retirement shuffled the cards. We have already talked about the number one of Iga Swiatek. Behind the Polish, Barbora Krejcikova back to second position, Paula Badosa (+3, n.3) establishes its new best ranking, Maria Sakkarisemi-finalist in Miami in 2021, goes back to number 4. Both Anett Kontaveit (# 6) and Karolina Pliskova (# 7) advance by one place, gaining three Danielle Collinswho for the first time in his career finds himself at number 8 in the ranking.
  • In the top20, Jelena Ostapenko (+1, n.11) is only 170 points from the top10. Best ranking for Cori Gauff (+2, # 15) And Jessica Pegula (+8, # 13)which falls into the top20, as well as Leylah Fernandez (+3, # 19). In free fall Elina Svitolina (-7, n.27)semifinalist in Florida a year ago, who comes out of the top twenty and announces that he wants to take a break from competitive activity.
  • As for the other positions of the top50, Belinda Bencic (+7, # 21) is back close to the top20, after the semifinal in Miami. But it’s Naomi Osaka to record the longest leap: the finalist of this edition of the Miami Open puts 42 positions behind her and climbs to n.35. They also fall into the top50 Anhelina Kalinina (+9, n.42) And Katerina Siniakova (+8, # 45)while gaining 7 positions Alison Riske (n.43). They definitely lose altitude Sara Sorribes Tormo (-14, n.49)who fails to reconfirm the quarters a year ago in Miami, e Amanda Anisimova (-6, no.47). Both stop a step away from getting out of fifty.

Outside the top 50, the athletes who make the greatest progress are Aliaksandra Sasnovich (+9, n.51), Mayar Sherif (+12, n.61), Karolina Muchova (+7, n.67), Anna Kalinskaya (+8, # 76), Marie Bouzkova (+9, # 77), Lauren Davis (+12, # 82), Dalma Galfi (+10, # 97), and ours Lucia Bronzetti (+17, no.85), which finally manages to enter the top100. In great difficulty Ana Konjuh (-10, n.62) but above all they come out of the top100 Anastasija Sevastova (-29, b.114) And Bianca Andreescu (-75, b.119), respectively semifinalist and finalist in the 2021 edition of the Miami tournament. Finally, we report, behind the first hundred, the return of Daria Savillewhich rises to n.129 with a jump of 120 positions and 91 places in more than Linda Fruhvirtovawhich leads to n.188.

CASA ITALIA

As we have already pointed out at the beginning, Lucia Bronzetti (+17, n.85) manages to enter the top100, overtaking even Martina Trevisan (+2, n.86). Loses three places Jasmine Paolini (48)earns one Camila Giorgi (# 30). In the rear, we point out the 41 places left on the street by Giulia Gatto-Monticone (# 254), 10 less than Stefania Rubini (n.412), and 16 more than Lisa Pigato (no.398).

WTA ranking Variation Player Tournaments Points
30 +1 Camila Giorgi 19 1603
48 -3 Jasmine Paolini 31 1159
85 +17 Lucia Bronzetti 49 785
86 +2 Martina Trevisan 38 783
14 -2 Sara Errani 31 441
159 +1 Lucrezia Stefanini 45 407
206 -5 Federica Di Sarra 34 324
233 +6 Elisabetta Cocciaretto 22 294
254 -41 Giulia Gatto-Monticone 32 274
274 -3 Cristiana Ferrando 36 251
289 -5 Martina Di Giuseppe 46 232
315 -2 Jessica Pieri 39 200
363 +1 Bianca Turati 29 150
398 +16 Lisa Pigato 27 130
407 -3 Martina Caregaro 29 126
409 -7 Camilla Rosatello 33 125
412 -10 Stefania Rubini 30 124
419 -3 Anna Turati 21 123
425 -2 Angelica Moratelli 38 118
457 -4 Dalila Spiteri 24 106

NEXT GEN RANKING

This week enters the Next Gen ranking for the first time (the ranking of players born after 1st January 2002) Olivia Gadecki, who takes the place of sixteen-year-old Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva. The young Australian makes her debut directly at n.9. There are no variations between the top positions: she commands Emma Raducanu as usual over Cori Gauff and Leylah Fernandez.

Position Variation Player Year WTA ranking
1 0 Emma Raducanu 2002 12
2 0 Cori Gauff 2004 15
3 0 Leylah Fernandez 2002 19
4 0 Clara Tauson 2002 38
5 0 Marta Kostyuk 2002 53
6 0 Qinwen Zheng 2002 72
7 0 Diane Parry 2002 98
8 0 Daria Snigur 2002 139
9 Olivia Gadecki 2002 167
10 -1 Elina Avanesyan 2002 170

THE RACE

In command, as already mentioned, there is Iga Swiatek with an advantage of 2310 points over the second, Maria Sakkari. It goes up three places Danielle Collins (n.3) and six positions Jessica Pegula (# 9). They enter the top twenty of the RACE Names Osaka (+37, n.11), Belinda Bencic (+23, # 14) And Petra Kvitova (+10, 20).

Position Variation Player Tournaments Points
1 0 Iga Swiatek 6 3920
2 +1 Maria Sakkari 6 1610
3 +3 Danielle Collins 4 1516
4 +3 Paula Badosa 7 1422
5 -1 Anett Kontaveit 6 1385
6 -1 Madison Keys 7 1317
7 +1 Jelena Ostapenko 7 1156
8 +1 Simona Halep 6 1096
9 +6 Jessica Pegula 7 992
10 +1 Veronika Kudermetova 7 952
11 +37 Naomi Osaka 4 925
12 -2 Barbora Krejcikova 6 895
13 -1 Elena Rybakina 7 766
14 +23 Belinda Bencic 6 671
15 -2 Sorana Cirstea 8 626
16 -2 Amanda Anisimova 6 626
17 -1 Daria Kasatkina 7 606
18 0 Kaia Kanepi 4 590
19 -2 Elise Mertens 7 576
20 +10 Petra Kvitova 8 561

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