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Tennis: Week 10 Rankings & News

Week 9 Winner’s Circle

  • WTA 250 Lyon: Zhang Shuai
  • WTA 250 Monterrey: Leylah Fernandez

It has been hard to ignore the continuing war between Russia and Ukraine, and that was the backdrop to Dayana Yastremska’s run to the final. Any division over her sometime antics of taking medical time-outs whenever momentum shifts in her matches were all forgotten as she scrapped her way to the final, having escaped Ukraine just a week ago with her younger sister to be able to compete.

China’s Zhang Shuai had to come from a set down, and twice back from a break down in the final set to outlast the 21-year-old Ukrainian to claim her first title in four years, and her first title outside China.

Spare a thought for Yastremska – the wildcard was forced to shelter in an underground garage with her family for two nights just a week ago. Along with 15-year-old sister Ivanna, they were granted wildcards in the singles and doubles respectively, with the elder Yastremska making her first final in two years.

Elina Svitolina was also standing up for Ukraine, while competing in Monterrey as the top seed. With her first round against Anastasia Potopova, she refused to play against any Russian or Belarusian players, which resulted in both tours removing the nationality classifications on any athletes from those countries from the sites.

Svitolina’s run ended at the quarter-finals, but Monterrey belonged to defending champion Leylah Fernandez. Her run to the US Open, where she was downed by Brit Emma Raducanu heralded that the future of the WTA tour was in good hands, but her start to the year had been tough with no back-to-back wins until this week.

ATP Rankings as at 7 March

1Daniil Medvedev8615
2Novak DjokovicSerbia8465
3Alexander ZverevGermany7515
4Rafael NadalSpain6515
5Stefanos TsitsipasGreece6325
6+1Matteo BerrettiniItaly4928
7-1Andrey Rublev4590
8Casper RuudNorway3915
9Felix Auger-AliassimeCanada3,883
10+1Jannik SinnerItaly3495

WTA Rankings as at 28 February

1Ashleigh BartyAustralia7980
2Barbora KrejcikovaCzech Republic5073
3Aryna Sabalenka4853
4Iga SwiatekPoland4776
5Anett KontaveitEstonia4721
6+1Maria SakkariGreece4436
7-1Paula BadosaSpain4424
8Karolina PliskovaCzech Republic4,242
9Garbine MuguruzaSpain3,235
10Ons JabeurTunisia3,065