Coco Gauff made a coaching change to Brad Gilbert recently and it has helped shape her into one of the best players on the WTA currently. Gauff has won two of the last three tournaments she has played in, including winning the Western and Southern Open on Sunday. But the player she defeated in the Cincinnati final, Karolina Muchova, made one of the biggest leaps in the WTA rankings for this week.
Mouchova moved up seven spots to reach number 10. The ranking is the highest of the 27-year-old’s career. She has had a pretty solid year. She reached the finals of the French Open before losing to top-ranked Iga Swiatek in three sets. She hasn’t won a title this year but has made the finals.
During the course of getting to the finals at Cincinnati, she defeated eighth-seed Maria Sakkari and number-two seed Aryna Sabalenka. She’s playing well enough to be a danger at the US Open as well. The last major of the year begins next week.
Karolina Muchova is among the biggest movers on the WTA tour this week
Coco Gauff won the Western and Southern Open but she only moved up one spot from 7 to 6. However, as well as she is playing right now, she might be considered one of the favorites at the US Open.
Spaniard Cristina Bucsa made the biggest leap in the top 100. She moved up from number 84 to 70. Her career high is 66 which she achieved earlier this year. Busca made the round of 32 at the Western and Southern Open before losing to Jasmine Paolini.
Speaking of Paolini, the 27-year-old Italian lost in the Cincinnati Open to Coco Gauff in the quarterfinals. But Paolini also beat fourth-seed Elena Rybakina in the round of 16. Paolini jumped up eight spots to a career-high of 35.
Another Italian, Martina Trevisan, moved up 10 spots to 53. Her career high was reached earlier this year and was number 18. The Western and Southern Open was her first WTA tour-level event of the year, though, and she made it to the round of 32 before losing to third-seed Jessica Pegula.
Iga Swiatek remains the top-ranked player on the WTA tour. She has held the top ranking for 73 straight weeks. She doesn’t seem in danger of losing the ranking any time soon either.