Madison Keys capped a week to remember in Cincinnati by sealing her second title of 2019 and with it a return to the Top 10 of the WTA Rankings.
The 24-year-old produced a stellar level of tennis throughout the Western & Southern Open to defeat major champions Garbiñe Muguruza, Simona Halep, Venus Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova en route to the title.
It was the rejuvenated Russian that she met in the final, picking up a tight 7-5, 7-6(5) victory to provide a confidence-boosting triumph a week out from the start of the US Open.
Keys, who moved up eight rungs on the rankings, now stands just three places shy of her career-best ranking of WTA World No.7, which was achieved in October 2016, while she has signalled a return to the Top 10 for the first time since June 2018.
Her opponent in Sunday’s final, however, was the player with the most eye-catching move up the standings, with Kuznetsova jumping an amazing 91 places upwards thanks to her unexpected surge in Ohio, which took her to her first Tour final since Washington 2018.
The 34-year-old has charged back into the Top 100 and now finds herself at WTA World No.62, having started last week outside the Top 150.
Elina Svitolina (+2, No.7 to No.5): Though beaten by the in-form Sofia Kenin in the last 16 of Cincinnati, the Ukrainian has moved back into the Top 5 for the first time since March.
Sofia Kenin (+2, No.22 to No.20): There’s a Top 20 debut for Kenin after she reached the semifinals of Cincinnati, taking out Svitolina and WTA World No.1 Naomi Osaka along the way.
Iga Swiatek (+6, No.55 to No.49): After qualifying for Cincinnati and then scoring a main draw win over Caroline Garcia, 18-year-old Swiatek has broken new ground by featuring in the Top 50 for the first time.
Veronika Kudermetova (+6, No.57 to No.51): Shocked Monica Puig to qualify for Cincinnati then scored a first-round win over Bernarda Pera to push her to the brink of the Top 50.
Venus Williams (+13, No.65 to No.52): Enjoyed a remarkable week at the Western & Southern Open, where she secured excellent wins over No.5 seed Kiki Bertens and Donna Vekic before falling to Keys.
Jennifer Brady (+5, No.70 to No.65): Closing in on her career-best of WTA World No.60 after qualifying for Cincinnati then pushing into the second round, defeating Ons Jabeur along the way.
Sara Sorribes Tormo (+7, No.89 to No.82): Made a run to the final of an ITF event in Vancouver, where she was ultimately beaten by Heather Watson. Overcame Timea Babos along the way.
Maria Sharapova (+10, No.97 to No.87): Defeated Alison Riske to reach the second round of Cincinnati, and though she was beaten by Ashleigh Barty, her ranking received a healthy boost.