A pair of first-time title winners dominated in Québec City and Tokyo - find out who made big ranking moves and where the Top 20 are playing this week right here!
WTA Staff


Christina McHale produced a stirring comeback to defeat Katerina Siniakova in the final of the Japan Women's Open Tennis and lift her maiden WTA title.

A semifinalist 12 months ago, McHale looked in store for another near-miss when she trailed Siniakova by a set and a break. However, a timely rain delay and a run of eight straight games turned the match on its head as the American closed out a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory.

"I don't even want to put my trophy down - I just want to hold it all the time," McHale said during the trophy presentation. "I've been coming to this tournament for a few years now and I really love it here."

Read the match recap here.

French teenager Oceane Dodin thrilled the Coupe Banque Nationale crowd by capturing her first WTA title with a 6-4, 6-3 win over American Lauren Davis in the final.

"It's very special for me. This is a very nice tournament; I feel like I'm in France because the people are very friendly and supportive of me! Everyone was with me today and that helps so much when it's a tough score."

Dodin twice reached the second round of major tournaments in 2015, but coming into this week in Québec, the fearless Frenchwoman had never won a main draw match outside the Grand Slams - though she did reach the semifinals of a WTA 125K Series event in Limoges.

Read the match recap here.

Notable singles ranking movers for the week of September 19, 2016.

Oceane Dodin (FRA), +39 (No.132 to 93): Following her maiden WTA title at the Coupe Banque Nationale, Dodin made her Top 100 debut and sits at a career-high of No.93..

Lauren Davis (USA), +21 (No.104 to 83): Québec City finalist also made a big leap, jumping up 21 spots to return to inside the Top100.

Katerina Siniakova (CZE), +12 (No.65 to 53): Despite coming up just short in the final at the Tokyo International, Siniakova earned a 12-spot ranking jump to reach her career highest ranking.

Christina McHale (USA), +11 (No.53 to 42): McHale claimed her maiden WTA title in Tokyo, and along with it she earned a spot back inside the Top 50.

Shuai Zhang (CHN), +9 (No.49 to 40): Zhang's run to the semifinals in Tokyo puts her new ranking at No.40, inching closer to her career-high of No.30 back in 2014


Toray Pan Pacific Open
Tokyo, Japan
Premier | $885,500 | Hard
Monday, September 19 - Sunday, September 25
Defending champion: Agnieszka Radwanska

Guangzhou International Women's Open
Guangzhou, China
International | $226,750 | Hard
Monday, September 19 - Saturday, September 24
Defending champion: Jelena Jankovic

Korea Open Tennis
Seoul, Korea
International | $226,750 | Hard
Monday, September 19 - Sunday, September 25
Defending champion: Irina-Camelia Begu

2016 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open
Wuhan, China
Premier | $2,288,250 | Hard
Sunday, September 25 - Saturday, October 1
Defending champion: Venus Williams

Tashkent Open
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
International | $226,750 | Hard
Monday, September 26 - Saturday, October 1
Defending champion: Nao Hibino

1. Angelique Kerber - Wuhan
2. Serena Williams - Wuhan
3. Garbiñe Muguruza - Tokyo, Wuhan
4. Agnieszka Radwanska - Tokyo, Wuhan
5. Simona Halep- Wuhan
6. Karolina Pliskova - Tokyo, Wuhan
Venus Williams - Wuhan
8. Carla Suárez Navarro - Tokyo, Wuhan
Madison Keys - Tokyo, Wuhan
Svetlana Kuznetsova - Wuhan
Victoria Azarenka
Dominika Cibulkova - Tokyo, Wuhan
13. Johanna Konta - Wuhan
14. Timea Bacsinszky - Wuhan
15. Roberta Vinci - Guangzhou, Wuhan
16. Petra Kvitova - Tokyo, Wuhan
17. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova - Tokyo, Wuhan
18. Samantha Stosur - Tokyo, Wuhan
19. Elena Vesnina
Elina Svitolina - Tokyo, Wuhan

Best wishes to those celebrating birthdays this week:

Chan Hao-Ching (TPE) - September 19, 1993
Sabine Lisicki (GER) - September 22, 1989
Andreea Mitu (ROU) - September 22, 1991
Klaudia Jans-Ignacik (POL) - September 24, 1984
Monica Niculescu (ROU) - September 25, 1987