Belinda Bencic in the quarter-final of the US Open 2019, New York USA
Belinda Bencic in the quarter-final of the US Open 2019, New York USA | (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)

Tennis | Rankings Report | Goffin, Bencic and Opelka make rankings gains after title wins on clay

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Goffin climbed up 27 places after winning the title in Marrakech
  • Bencic makes return top 20 with title in Charleston
  • Opelka climbs up one place after winning in Houston
MARRAKECH, MOROCCO – David Goffin made the biggest gain in the rankings this week after winning his sixth career ATP singles title with a win in Marrakech as their were also gains for Belinda Bencic and Reilly Opelka.

 

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ATP Rankings and Brits Top 10

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Starting on the ATP side, the most noticeable ranking climb this week was David Goffin who has been hit by injuries over the last couple of years. However the Belgian won his first title for 14 months this week in Marrakech, beating Alex Molcan in three sets, as he won his sixth career singles title on the ATP tour.

As a result Goffin has climbed up 27 places in the rankings and is now back in the top 50 in the world at number 47 with the Belgian looking to make more progress in the clay season. As for Molcan, the Slovakian also made a climb up the rankings moving up 15 places to number 50 in the world.

The other ATP event this week was in Houston which saw the tallest ATP final in history being contested as Reilly Opelka took on John Isner. Unbelievably it was on clay which this match happened and it was Opelka who won it to claim his fourth title of his career. The win sees him climb up one place to world number 17 as he looks to build more momentum towards Rome, where he is defending semi-final points. Isner didn’t do too badly himself as he climbed up four places to 23 in the world.

Other honourable mentions include Holger Rune, who won a challenger event this week and on the same day as the final won a qualifying match in Monte-Carlo. The Dane moves up 12 places to 79 in the world. Nick Kyrgios’ semi-final in Houston also saw him move up 17 places to 77 in the world while Dominic Thiem moved out of the top 50 with the Austrian’s next tournament being in Belgrade next week.

ATP

  1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) – 8,420 points
  2. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) – 8,410
  3. Alexander Zverev (GER) – 7,195
  4. Rafael Nadal (ESP) – 7,115
  5. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) – 5,980
  6. Matteo Berrettini (ITA) – 4,945
  7. Casper Ruud (NOR) – 4,380
  8. Andrey Rublev (RUS) – 4,375
  9. Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) – 3,625
  10. Cameron Norrie (GBR) – 3,440

 

ATP Brits

  1. Cameron Norrie (10 in the world) – 3,440 points
  2. Dan Evans (27) – 1,557
  3. Andy Murray (85) – 783
  4. Jack Draper (122) – 539
  5. Liam Broady (129) – 501
  6. Jay Clarke (170) – 359
  7. Ryan Peniston (228) – 244
  8. Paul Jubb (233) – 239
  9. Aidan McHugh (306) – 155
  10. Alastair Gray (310) – 154

 

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WTA Rankings and Brits Top 10

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On the WTA tour this week there was a huge sigh of relief for Belinda Bencic as she claimed her first title of the season in Charleston. The Swiss produced an impressive week on the green clay as she defeated the likes of Madison Keys, Paula Badosa and Ons Jabeur as she won her fifth career title. The victory moves her up eight places to 13 in the world as she looks to continue the momentum from America into Europe.

Another player who had a deep run in Charleston was Amanda Anisimova who continued her good start to the season to reach the semi-finals on the green clay. As a result the American moved up 14 places in the rankings to number 33 in the world as the former Roland Garros semi-finalist will target a seeding place at the second grand slam of the year.

A noticeable mention also goes to Tatjana Maria as the German won the title in Bogota as a qualifier with her children watching on. A massive climb up 123 places in the world sees her go to 114 in the world as she will look to try and get into the Roland Garros main draw automatically.

WTA

  1. Iga Swiatek (POL) – 6,711 points
  2. Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) – 4,975
  3. Paula Badosa (ESP) – 4,885
  4. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) – 4,711
  5. Maria Sakkari (GRE) – 4,705
  6. Anett Kontaveit (EST) – 4,511
  7. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) – 4,252
  8. Danielle Collins (USA) – 3,151
  9. Ons Jabeur (TUN) – 3,095
  10. Garbine Muguruza (ESP) – 3,070

 

WTA Brits

  1. Emma Raducanu (12 in the world) – 2,698
  2. Harriet Dart (101) – 655
  3. Heather Watson (104) – 641
  4. Katie Boulter (130) – 497
  5. Francesca Jones (173) – 380
  6. Katie Swan (221) – 307
  7. Yuriko Miyazaki (227) – 302
  8. Jodie Burrage (262) – 267
  9. Sarah Beth Grey (304) – 208
  10. Samantha Murray Sharan (331) – 179

 

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