We already knew she'd do it, but now it's official - Lucie Safarova, who made an inspired run to the first Grand Slam final of her career at the French Open, has broken into the Top 10. On Monday's new WTA Rankings the Czech went from No.13 to No.7, soaring past her previous career-high of No.11.
After the final against Serena Williams, Safarova was asked to sum up her breakthrough fortnight.
"It was an amazing two weeks for me here," she said. "I loved every second of it. I had great wins and great fights, and I reached the best result in my career so far. So I'm just really satisfied with the way I fought and played here, and it's something I will take for future tournaments, the confidence that I'm able to be here, I'm able to play Grand Slam finals, and hopefully one day I will get the trophy."
But how will the new World No.7 deal with all the heightened expectations coming her way?
"I hope it's a nice problem!" Safarova commented. "I'm just enjoying it. I've gotten so many nice messages and support from everyone. I hope to continue like this in future tournaments, and I will do my best to keep playing the tennis I played at Roland Garros. I hope this is just the beginning."
Safarova wasn't the only player who made a big move: Petra Kvitova rose back to her career-high of No.2, passing Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep; Angelique Kerber inched back into the Top 10, going from No.11 to No.10; and Timea Bacsinszky soared from No.24 to No.15, her Top 20 debut.
A pair of WTA Rising Stars also made very significant moves after breakthrough runs to their first Grand Slam quarterfinals, with Elina Svitolina going from No.21 to No.17, not only a new career-high but also breaking Alona Bondarenko's Ukrainian ranking record of No.19, and Alison Van Uytvanck cutting her ranking in half - No.93 to No.46 - to blow her previous career-high of No.73 away.
There were some big shake-ups on the WTA Doubles Rankings as well. After winning their second straight Grand Slam doubles title together, Safarova and Bethanie Mattek-Sands both made their doubles Top 10 debuts from a long way out - Safarova No.18 to No.5, Mattek-Sands No.19 to No.6.
? Bethanie MattekSands (@BMATTEK) June 7, 2015