Mover of the Week
Mover of the Week Coco Vandeweghe was actually defeated in the WTA Elite Trophy final. Yet despite the defeat Vandeweghe climbed into the top 10 after her run to the final in Zhuhai. After a fine year which saw her reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the semifinals in Melbourne and New York Vandeweghe came close to putting the perfect seal on a career-best year. She won her group stage matches against Peng and Vesnina before defeating Barty in straight sets in the semifinal. She took a 5-1 lead in the first set against Goerges, but the German fought back magnificently to win in straight sets 7-5 6-1.
Still, the 25-year-old American has risen impressively in the rankings this year and can now add a top 10 debut to the top 20 debut she made earlier in the year. Along with her impressive performances at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, she also reach the final in Stanford. Now having moved up two places from #12 to #10 in the world she will go into 2018 with a chance to build on her terrific year.
Loser of the Week
Kristina Mladenovic has had a poor second half of the season, and sees herself outside the top 10 at the year’s end . Mladenovic reached a career high ranking of #10 last week but held it for only one week. She is now down one place to #11. Mladenovic had a terrific beginning of the season. She won the WTA title in St Petersburg, as well as making the finals in Acapulco and Madrid. She then defeated defending champion Garbine Muguruza to reach the quarterfinals at her home slam, the French Open.
But Mladenovic’s form since has been pretty dreadful. She lost her 12th straight match against to Julia Goerges at the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai. She has cited an injury since the grass-court season, which has affected her fitness and movement. Mladenovic will doubtless look to spend the off-season resting and recovering so as to return to deliver a fresh challenge on the top 10 in 2018.
The winner of the WTA Elite Trophy Julia Goerges has had a fine end to the season. After a six-match losing streak in finals, Goerges has picked up back-to-back titles in Zhuhai and Moscow. Previously, the German had not won a title since Stuttgart in April 2011. The 29-year-old German has been impressive this year and at the WTA Elite Trophy Goerges won all three of her matches leading up to the finals.
Despite Vandeweghe taking an early lead when she served for the set at 5-3, a first double fault at 15-15 saw doubt creep into her game and Goerges quickly took advantage. As a result, Goerges moves up four spots to #14 in the world. Australia’s Ashleigh Barty made it to the semifinals in Zhuhai after beating both Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Angelique Kerber in the round-robin stages and had a great tournament. Barty is now #17 in the world, up three places from #20.
- Simona Halep, 6175 points, no change
- Garbine Muguruza, 6135 points, no change
- Caroline Wozniacki, 6015 points, no change
- Karolina Pliskova, 5730 points, no change
- Venus Williams, 5597 points, no change
- Elina Svitolina, 5500 points, no change
- Jelena Ostapenko, 5010 points, no change
- Caroline Garcia, 4420 points, no change
- Johanna Konta, 3610 points, no change
- Coco Vandeweghe, 3258 points, moves up two places
- Kristina Mladenovic, 2935 points, moves down one place
- Svetlana Kuznetsova, 2856 points, moves down one place
- Sloane Stephens, 2802 points, no change
- Julia Gorges, 2655 points, moves up four places
- Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 2485 points, moves down one place
- Anastasija Sevastova, 2475 points, moves down one place
- Ashleigh Barty, 2251 points, moves up three places
- Elena Vesnina, 2220 points, moves down one place
- Madison Keys, 2213 points, moves down three places
- Magdalena Rybarikova, 2141 points, moves up two places
- Angelique Kerber, 2121 points, moves down two places
- Serena Williams, 2030 points, moves down one place
- Barbora Strycova, 2025 points, no change
- Daria Kasatkina, 1950 points, no change
- Daria Gavrilova, 1865 points, no change
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