While Novak Djokovic takes a bit of well-deserved time off as he participates in all-star events at golf tournaments (and does pretty well!), he can rest easily knowing he is still the top-ranked player on the ATP tour currently. In fact, there were no changes to the top ten on the ATP or the WTA tours this week. But one young WTA player made a huge leap in the rankings after a fantastic showing at the Ningbo Open.
Before I get into that, I should mention that because of the weirdness with rankings, players can lose points even by not playing. That is because if they either don’t do as well or don’t play in a tournament they did well in the year before, they lose ground. This happened to Djokovic as he lost 250 points this week. He is still over 3,000 points ahead of second-ranked Carlos Alcaraz, however.
Rounding out the top five on the ATP tour are Daniil Medvedev at number three, Holger Rune at four, and Stefanos Tsitsipas at five. Alexander Zverev didn’t move up from number 10 but did gain 250 points and inched closer to number nine, Casper Ruud.
Who made moves in the ATP and WTA rankings this week?
On the WTA side, Aryna Sabalenka remained at the top, followed by Iga Swiatek and Coco Gauff. While some of the top ten players, such as Maria Sakkari, had good weeks, so did others in the top ten like Jessica Pegula. Kind of makes it tough to move up if others are winning tournaments as well.
Inside the top 20, Veronika Kudermetova made the biggest move, but only from 19 to 16. Again, kind of tough to leap up the rankings if others above you are doing well.
But one player who made a massive leap this week was 19-year-old Diana Schnaider. The Russian who now goes to college in the United States moved from 85 to 63 this week after reaching the finals of the Ningbo Open where she fell to Ons Jabeur. Along the way, Schnaider defeated second-seed Petra Kvitova. Schnaider is a lefty still trying to find her peak, but after her showing in China, she appears well on her way to being an important player on the WTA tour.