Elena Rybakina's run to the final of the Jiangxi Open has taken her into the top 50 for the first time, while Nanchang winner Rebecca Peterson also make a big jump after her maiden WTA title. Fellow tournament winner Nao Hibino rises over 50 places following her success in Hiroshima.
WTA Staff
September 16, 2019

Elena Rybakina was the main mover in the rankings this week, the Kazakh rising 20 places to a career-best 49 after making it to the final of the Jiangxi Open last weekend.

The Russian-born 20-year-old overcame sixth seed Viktorija Golubic during her impressive week before going down 6-2, 6-0 to Rebecca Peterson in the final.

Her conqueror in Nanchang, Swede Peterson, moved to within three places after her trophy success in China resulted in a 26-place jump.

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Nao Hibino was another player to lift silverware, the home favorite taking the Hana-cupid Japan Women's Open. She rises 59 places to No.87 as a result of her 6-3, 6-2 victory, with beaten Misaki Doi also climbing to remain just in front of her compatriot, in 83rd place.

Karolina Pliskova, winner of the Zhengzhou Open final against Petra Martic 6-3, 6-2, remains second in the standings behind Ashleigh Barty. The Czech closes the gap to just 86 points behind the Australian as she became the second player to qualify for the 2019 Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen.

There was no movement in the Top 25 as a number of major names took time to recover from their travails at the US Open.

Here are the other notable movers in the WTA Rankings for the week beginning September 16, 2019.

Garbiñe Muguruza (+1, No.27 to No.26): The 25-year-old Spaniard was the highest mover this week, rising a place despite not being active since her US Open defeat to Alison Riske.

Dayana Yastremska (+2, No.30 to No.28): The Ukrainian reaches a new career high, despite a week without playing.

Ajla Tomljanovic (+4, No.46 to No.42): Australian looked sharp in her run to the last four in Zhengzhou - where she lost to Karolina Pliskova - and moves to within three of her highest ranking.

Kristina Mladenovic (+5, No.49 to No.44): Moved up five spots after reaching the semifinals in Zhengzhou, where the Frenchwoman went down to Petra Martic.

Laura Siegemund (+5, No.84 to No.79): Run to the last eight in Hiroshima helped propel the German back into the Top 80.

Mihaela Buzarnescu (+24, No.125 to No.101): Romanian's passage to the last four in Hiroshima resulted in a massive jump to the brink of the Top 100.