Garbiñe Muguruza has moved up into the top three after her impressive form - and Sloane Stephens has leapt back up into the Top 100 after injury.
WTA Staff
August 21, 2017

Garbiñe Muguruza has soared into the top three after her brilliant run in Cincinnati, moving up three places in the rankings – and former No.1 Angelique Kerber has moved down three spots to No.6.

Other than that, the Top 10 stays exactly the same, with Karolina Pliskova staying on top of the world – even though four other women (Kerber, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina, and Caroline Wozniacki) had the chance to topple her had they put together a strong enough campaign in Cincinnati.

Although there was not a change at No.1, Pliskova and Halep are separated by only five points, the narrowest margin between No.1/2 since the week of Oct. 19, 2009.

Here are some of the other most notable ranking movers this week:

Julia Goerges (+5, No.37 to No.32): The German broke Elina Svitolina’s impressive Premier 5 tournament 16-0 winning streak to make it to the Cincinnati quarterfinals, where she lost to Sloane Stephens 6-1, 7-6.

Ashleigh Barty (+6, No.48 to No.42): After reaching the third round of the Rogers Cup as a qualifier, the Australian did the same in Cincinnati – before falling to sixth seed Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-2. En route, she grabbed the first Top 10 win of her career, beating Venus Williams 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.

Camila Giorgi (+13, No.82 to No.69): It took World No.1 Karolina Pliskova to knock the Italian out of Cincinnati in the round of 16 – and even then it went the distance in a three-set thriller. 

Beatriz Haddad Maia (+9, No.80 to No.71): The Brazilian qualifier fell 6-2, 6-0 in the Cincinnati second round to eventual champion Muguruza.

Aleksandra Krunic (+8, No.85 to No.77): The Serbian claimed the scalp of French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in her opening match in Cincinnati, winning 6-4, 6-2. She couldn’t get past Carla Suárez Navarro in the next round, though, losing 6-2, 6-2.

Sloane Stephens (+67, No.151 to No.84): As she continues her comeback from a long-term foot injury, the American made her second straight Premier 5 semifinal at the Western and Southern Open.