WTA Rankings: Petra Kvitova set for top 10 return

A delighted Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova will be breaking back into the top ten of the WTA rankings thanks to her Miami Open win.

She downed a red-hot Elena Rybakina in the final to secure the full bag of 1000 points, enough to propel her back into the top strata.

Kvitova insists she just has to keep moving as she will have little time to celebrate her win on the fast movinf WTA Tour.

“I think I just take it very positively that I can still compete with the best,” Kvitova said afterward.

“You know, the clay is waiting and then it’s grass. The tennis world is just very fast, and I can’t really stand there and be [looking at] this trophy all the time. I have to move forward, of course, as everybody would.

“It means a lot for me that even in my age I can still win a big tournament. That’s the biggest thing.”

Kvitova seemed to suggest that her career is now reaching it’s tail-end.

“Even after ups, it’s tough to get back to work,” Kvitova said when asked about the ups and downs of her time on tour.

“The downs make you really feel sad, and you just want to like kick it and just do better. So that’s why probably you just go to the court and trying to be better player every time you’re on the court.

“I love the game, [which gives me] the motivation to do something better. Because I had a lot of ups, as well; that’s always been the motivation to have them again. I think this is the best feeling what you can have — winning a final as I did today. That’s (what) I love the most, the winning feeling of it.”

Rybakina has improved her overall rankings points total but she was not able to move up any places, although she has now closed right up on the top five.

Despite her quarter-final elimination, Aryna Sabalenka will close the gap between herself at No 2 and world No 1 Iga Swiatek.

World No 3 Jessica Pegula matched her performance from last season and as such she holds place.

Sorana Cîrstea is projected to rise to World No 40 after her run to the semi-finals in Miami.

Belinda Bencic is set to drop out of the top ten after failing to match her run to the last four in Miami in 2022.

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