The Eastbourne runner-up makes an impressive climb up the rankings this week
WTA Staff
July 2, 2018

Nature Valley International finalist Aryna Sabalenka is the big mover in the rankings this week, soaring up to a new career high following her spectacular run in Eastbourne.

The Belarusian climbs to World No.32 - a rise of 13 places - after her campaign by the British seaside, where she beat seeds Karolina Pliskova, Elise Mertens, and Julia Goerges, adding the scalps of Sachia Vickery and Agnieszka Radwanska along the way - with all those matches going to three sets.

Simona Halep remains as World No.1 despite Caroline Wozniacki's title in Eastbourne - but that could change after Wimbledon.

Here are some of the week's other big rankings movers.

Kirsten Flipkens (+6, No.51 to No.45): The Belgian enjoyed a wonderful week at Southsea, winning the singles competition, beating Kateryna Kozlova, Vera Lapko, Pauline Parmentier, and Katie Boulter along the way, and also picking up the doubles crown alongside Johanna Larsson.

Pauline Parmentier (+8, No.71 to No.63): The Frenchwoman was unseeded at Southsea, and faced a tough first-round prospect in Carina Witthoeft. The 32-year-old came through 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(4), and then defeated Renata Voracova in the quarterfinal.

Kateryna Bondarenko (+10, No.89 to No.79): The 31-year-old fought through qualifying at Eastbourne, where she beat Ana Konjuh in straight sets in the final, to make it to the main draw where she notched an impressive three-set win over Alizé Cornet in the Round of 64, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. Her Round of 32 opponent - third seed Petra Kvitova - was too much for her.

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Katie Boulter (+22, No.144 to No.122): The Brit celebrated her Wimbledon wildcard with a great run at Southsea, not dropping a set before the final as she beat Ekaterina Alexandrova, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, and Jennifer Brady all in straight sets. The 21-year-old then forced second seed Kirsten Flipkens into a decider before the Belgian eventually triumphed 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.

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Fiona Ferro (+29, No.189 to No.160): The Frenchwoman was top seed in Montpellier and proved why, not dropping a single set in the entire tournament - and only dropping 15 games across her five matches, with seven of those games coming in the final against Catalina Pella.

Harriet Dart (+10, No.181 to No.171): Another Wimbledon wildcard, the 21-year-old reaches a new career high following her 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 win over Kristyna Pliskova in Eastbourne in the Round of 64.