The Asian Swing continued last week with titles decided at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, the KEB Hana Bank Korea Open in Seoul and the International Women's Open in Guangzhou. Karolina Pliskova, Kiki Bertens and Wang Qiang made inroads up the leaderboard after taking home the trophies as the season neared a conclusion.
Julia Goerges was the only other mover in the WTA’s Top 20 rankings after last week, but there was a lot of movement lower down following another busy seven days.
Check out the biggest ranking movers of the week:
Karolina Pliskova (+1, No.8 to No.7): The 26-year-old made the highest rise this week, swapping places with Naomi Osaka after beating the US Open champion in the Tokyo final. That followed her quarterfinal showing at Flushing Meadows and the Czech also reached the same stage at Eastbourne earlier in the year before making the last 16 at Wimbledon.
Kiki Bertens (+1, No.12 to No.11): Dutchwoman also moved up a place as a result of her success against Ajla Tomljanovic in Seoul, moving to a career-high 11th. That gave the 26-year-old a third title of 2018, having also taken the honors in Cincinnati and Charleston. She also made the final in Madrid earlier this year as she closes in on a Top 10 place for the first time.
Camila Giorgi (+7, No.37 to No.30): Italian equalled her career best ranking, moving up seven places after making the last four in Tokyo, a run which included victories over Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka. The 26-year-old also caught the eye in recent months in reaching the Wimbledon quarterfinals as well as the last 16 in New Haven.
Wang Qiang (+7, No.41 to No.34): A second title inside two months took the Chinese player to her highest ranking yet as she added the Guangzhou title to her trophy in Nanchang in July. Also made the quarterfinals in Strasbourg and the semifinals in Hiroshima as the 26-year-old displayed consistently impressive form in the second half of the campaign.
Ajla Tomljanovic (+9, No.53 to No.44): The Australian was another player to reach a career best mark, after a week in which she reached the Seoul final, losing to Kiki Bertens. After making the last eight in Hiroshima the previous week to go with similar showings in San Jose, Mallorca and Monterrey - as well as the final in Rabat - the 25-year-old could be set for a big 2019.
Agnieszka Radwanska (+5, No.60 to No.55): The Pole made an upward ranking move for the first time in three months after making the last 16 in Seoul. The 29-year-old will hope to recover early-season form, which saw her make two quarterfinals and one last four appearance, as the campaign nears a conclusion.
Victoria Azarenka (+9, No.63 to No.54): A quarterfinal showing in Tokyo propelled the Belarusian toward the top 50 as she continues her return to the game. The 29-year-old former World No.1 also made the last eight in San Jose as well as the semifinals in Miami and will have designs on making further inroads in the new year.
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