Last week, Madrid hosted the fourth WTA 1000 tournament of the season, and both finalists – Ons Jabeur and Jessica Pegula – made notable shifts in the standings. Jabeur, who became the first Arab and North African player to win a WTA 1000 title, earned 1,000 points. She improved three places and tied for No. 7 in her career, which she achieved for the first time on November 1, 2021.
Pegula advanced to the finals in Madrid, her first time reaching the final at 1000 levels (in the 18th.th try) and came away with one win since making her debut in the Top 10. Pegula, 28, climbs to a high place in her career, moving from 14th to 11th place.
The best of Madrid
The semi-final series leads to an increase in rank for Alexandrova
Last week in Madrid, Ekaterina Alexandrova became the third qualifier in the history of the tournament to advance to the semifinals, joining Lucie Hradecka (2012) and Louisa Chirico (2016). Since 2009, only 11 qualifiers have made it to the semifinals of the WTA 1000.
Alexandrova earned 420 points on the scale and climbed to 14th place, moving from 45th to 31st place.
Andreescu returns among the top 100
After playing in her first two tournaments in the 2022 season, Bianca Andreescu returned to the Top 100. Andreescu, who was ranked 121st just three weeks ago, is back on tour in Stuttgart – her first tournament since October. Last week in Madrid, the Canadian won in consecutive matches for the first time since the US Open 2021 with a victory over Alison Riske and Danielle Collins. Advancing to the round of 16 in Madrid, Andreescu climbed 21 places, from 111th to 90th.
The WTA 125 title pushes Haddad Maiu to the pinnacle of his career
Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia reached the main draw in Madrid as a qualifier, but lost in the first round, allowing her to participate in the WTA 125 tournament in Saint Malo, France, instead. As the 4th seed in Saint Malo, Haddad Maia won her first career title, moving it by 13 places, from 65th to 52nd in her career. 25-year-old Haddad Maia has owned the best Brazilian rankings since April 4, 2016, when Teliana Pereira was 49th.
The first German debut in the Top 100 in the last seven years
After winning the ITF Circuit title in Zagreb, Croatia earlier this month, German Jule Niemeier continued to do so by reaching the semifinals of the ITF competition in Wiesbaden, Germany. As both events are added to this week’s rankings, the 22-year-old jumped 16 places (from 110th to 94th) as she became Germany’s first debutant in the Top 100 since 2015 when Laura Siegemund moved into the Top 100 on September 14th. 2015
Other significant movements on the scale
–Leylah Fernadez, who advanced to the second round in Madrid with a victory over Andrea Petković, reached 18th place in her career this week, advancing by two places.
–Madri’s doubles champion Giuliana Olmos won her first title in 2022 and climbed nine places to reach 11th place in her career doubles. Her partner Gabriela Dabrowski is advancing one place to 8th place.
–After losing in the second round of qualifications in Madrid, Danka Kovinić won the title at the ITF Circuit in Wiesbaden, Germany. Between the two events, Kovinic earned 160 points and climbed 23 places, from 114th to 91st, the biggest jump in the Top 100 this week.