Petra Kvitova and Belinda Bencic, the finalists in Dubai, both enjoyed upward mobility on the WTA Rankings this week.
WTA Staff
February 25, 2019

Belinda Bencic’s dream push to win the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships has seen her climb to WTA World No.23.

A Top 10 player back in 2016, the Swiss enjoyed the best week of her career to date to take out a succession of stars en route to winning her second WTA Tour title after the Canadian Open of 2015.

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After overcoming No.8 seed Aryna Sabalenka in a dramatic third-set tiebreak, she went on to beat Top 10 players Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina and Petra Kvitova to lift the crown.

Her reward is a jump of 22 spots up the WTA Rankings. 

Kvitova was beaten, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 in the final by the 21-year-old Swiss, yet the Czech also enjoyed a productive week, moving one place higher to WTA World No.3.

Like Bencic, the Czech also won a succession of three-set duels, defeating Katerina Siniakova, Jennifer Brady and Hsieh Su-Wei before eventually losing out at the last hurdle.

Here are the other notable movers from the last week:

Kiki Bertens (+1, No.8 to No.7): A new career high for the Dutchwoman, despite losing out in the round of 32 in Dubai.

Hsieh Su-Wei (+4, N.31 to No.27): Back at her best ever position following a dramatic run to the semifinals of Dubai, where she beat Angelique Kerber and Karolina Pliskova on back-to-back days.

Sofia Kenin (+2, No.37 to No.35): Wins over Mihaela Buzarnescu and No.11 seed Daria Kasatkina in Dubai have carried the American to a new high point in her career.

Alison Riske (+4, No.51 to No.47): In the Top 50 for the first time since September 2017 after reaching the last 16 in Dubai, where she notably took out No.13 seed Julia Goerges.

Marketa Vondrousova (+19, No.81 to No.62): The pain of losing the final of Budapest from a set up to Alison Van Uytvanck may be eased for the 19-year-old with a big jump in her ranking.

Anastasia Potapova (+15, No.87 to No.72): Reached the semis in Budapest before falling to Vondrousova but can be consoled by her best ranking to date in her young career.

Jennifer Brady (+23, No.117 to No.94): Back in the Top 100 after a four-month absence following her run to the last 16 in Dubai, where she was eventually beaten by Kvitova.

Sorana Cirstea (+10, No.108 to No.98): Leapt into the Top 100 thanks to her quarterfinal appearance in Budapest, where she beat No.4 seed Aleksandra Krunic.

Ylena In-Albon (+58, No.245 to No.183): The Swiss 19-year-old has smashed into the Top 200 for the first time after winning an ITF event in Kyoto.