Despite her early elimination at the WTA tournament in Zhengzhou, Kiki Bertens is still the number eight in the world on Monday. Karolína Plísková took the overall victory in China and is the second tennis star to be sure of a place in the WTA Finals.
Bertens lost in the second round in Zhengzhou last week with 6-4 and 7-6 (1) to the Australian Ajla Tomljanovic. It was her first game in China, because she had a bye in the first round.
The 27-year-old Dutchman, who does temporarily in Asia without coach Raemon Sluiter, had no points to defend and remains at 4,325 points. The difference with the global number seven Petra Kvitová from the Czech Republic remains one point.
Bertens is playing a WTA tournament in Osaka this week. She was placed second in Japan and again has a bye in the first round. In the second round she will compete against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova from Russia or the Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska. Last year the Wateringse won the Seoul tournament in this period.
The Australian Ashleigh Barty remains the number one in the world, but she is approached to 86 points by Plísková. The Czech Republic booked its fourth tournament win of 2019 on Sunday by winning the Croatian Petra Martic (6-3 and 6-2) in the final in Zhengzhou.
The 27-year-old Plísková is the second player after Barty to qualify for the WTA Finals. At the end-of-year tournament in Shenzhen (27 October-3 November), the best eight tennis players from 2019 will participate. Bertens is currently ninth on the year list.
Fight for WTA Finals
- 1. Ashleigh Barty (Aus) - 5476 points
- 2. Karolína Plísková (Ch) - 5256
- 3. Simona Halep (Roe) - 4792
- 4. Bianca Andreescu (Can) - 4727
- 5. Serena Williams (USA) - 3935
- 6. Petra Kvitová (Ch) - 3836
- 7. Naomi Osaka (Jap) - 3776
- 8. Belinda Bencic (Zwi) - 3615
- 9. Kiki Bertens (Ned) - 3580
- 10. Elina Svitolina (Oek) - 3563
Griekspoor is approaching Haase on world ranking
Among the men, nothing changed at the top of the world ranking. Novak Djokovic remains number one, ahead of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Tallon Griekspoor made a jump of twenty places thanks to his victory at the Challenger of Banja Luka and is now the global number 161. With his best ranking ever, he is almost the best Dutchman on the list, because Robin Haase is still 156th.
Greek Rail and Haase are playing a Challenger this week in Romanian Sibiu.
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