Career highs and comebacks continued to be the story last week, and the results show in this week's WTA Rankings report.
WTA Staff

With a week to go until the French Open, the WTA's best and brightest put together another banner week on the European red clay ahead of the second Grand Slam of the season - and it shows in this week's WTA Rankings.

Internazionali BNL d'Italia champion Elina Svitolina returned to the WTA's top 10 in style, and the new No.1 in the Porsche Race to Singapore soars up five spots to a new career-high of World No.6. Svitolina became the first Ukrainian player to crack the world's top 10 in February, now has her sights set even higher. 

The Ukrainian reached the last eight in Paris in 2015, her lone quarterfinal appearance at a major to date.

Here are the other most notable WTA Rankings movers this week:

Daria Gavrilova (+8, No.33 to No.25) - Though her week in Rome began in unconvential fashion, Gavrilova has made it a habit of excelling in Rome. For the second time in her career, she came out of qualifying for a deep run in the Italian capital, upsetting Madison Keys, Caroline Garcia and Svetlana Kuznetsova in a trio of three-setters before falling to Kiki Bertens in the quarterfinals.

The Australian moves up eight spots in the WTA rankings as a result, and now sits just one place behind her career-high of No.24, which she reached last October.

Mona Barthel (+13, No.60 to No.47) - The German's comeback season continued in Rome, where she ran her winning streak to a total of 12 matches before being stopped by Svitolina, though she accounted for the Ukrainian's only set lost prior to the final.

Her showing in Rome puts Barthel back into the top 50 for the first time since the beginning of the 2016 season. After an injury and illness-plagued 2016, the Prague champion began 2017 ranked No.183, and her rise of 136 places so far this year is one of the biggest jumps in the WTA's top 100.

Anett Kontaveit (+16, No.68 to No.52) - If Barthel's 2017 is a comeback, the Estonian's is a breakthrough. The 21-year-old scored her first-ever win over a World No.1 by ousting Angelique Kerber in Rome and eventually fell to runner-up Simona Halep in the last eight.

Though she fought through qualifying with a pair of three-set wins, Kontaveit saved her best for the main draw as she rolled past Andrea Petkovic, Kerber and No.16 seed Mirjana Lucic-Baroni without the loss of a set. Her success at the Premier 5 event sees her rise another 16 spots to a new career-best of No.52, after also beginning the year outside the top 100.

Marketa Vondrousova (+15, No.109 to No.94) - The Slovak continues her rise up the rankings this spring after winning the ITF $100,000 event in Trnava, Slovakia without the loss of a set last week. Among her victories, Vondrousova defeat former French Open quarterfinalist Alison Van Uytvanck, and top seed Yanina Wickmayer with the loss of just four games. 

Laura Robson (+49, No.218 to No.169) - The former World No.27 had an encouraging week at the ITF $60,000 event in Kurume, Japan last week, as she won her first title of the season in her first final appearance in nearly a year.

The Brit had an encouraging three weeks in Japan, as she reached two quarterfinals before raising the third trophy of her career with a straight-sets victory over compatriot Katie Boulter.


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Anastasia Potapova (+81, No.370 to No.289) - Potapova reached the semifinals in Trnava before falling in a marathon match to eventual runner-up Veronica Cepede Royg, but the former junior No.1 has made great strides over the first half of 2017.

The prodigious 16-year-old Russian won the Wimbledon girls' title last year at the age of 15, and has won one title and reached two semifinals on the ITF Circuit this season.