WTA Rankings: Alycia Parks on the brink of top 50, Lin Zhu achieves season goal

James Richardson
Alycia Parks WTA rankings

The two WTA 250 events completed over the weekend had no impact on the top 30 of the women’s rankings, however, Lyon champion Alycia Parks finds herself of the brink of breaking into the top 50 for the first time in her career.

Parks beat world no 5 Caroline Garcia in the Frenchwoman’s home event to secure a 28-place jump.

The 22-year-old American is the new world No 51 while the woman she defeated in the semi-finals Belgium’s Maryna Zanevska also makes a big jump, moving up 16 places to be ranked 77th.

Hua Hin Championships winner Lin Zhu of China, breaks into the top 50 with a 13-position leap that takes her up to 41st in the world.

“I’m super happy to win my first title here in Hua Hin,” Zhu said afterwards. “Lesia, she’s a fighter, she never gives up, so I needed to give 100 per cent, and I needed to be more patient, especially towards the end.

“I [felt] a little bit nervous, but I know it’s normal, so I had to handle that, I had to attack when I’d have a chance, because she’s not going to give this match to me. I’m super happy I did it.

“At the beginning of this year, my goal for me and my team was to break the Top 50, and win a WTA title,” Zhu added.

“Now it’s only February and I already did it, so maybe I have to talk with my team to adjust for the rest of the season. I’m looking forward to it!”

The runner-up at the event in Thailand, Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine, blows into the top 100 with a 36-place jump.

Former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu continues her trudge back up the rankings thanks to her run to the last four of the Hua Hin Championships.

Andreescu is now the world No 37 and is in touching distance of a return to the top 30 of the WTA Rankings.

Fellow Hua Hin semi-finalist Wang Xinyu moved up to 69th on the rankings having been the seventh seed.

Nadia Podoroska defeated Paula Ormaechea 6-4, 6-2 in an all-Argentine final on Sunday to win the first WTA 125 event of the 2023 season, the Copa Oster in Cali, Colombia.

Podoroska jumps 42 places to be ranked 114th in the world while Ormaechea also surges up the rankings with a 50-place leap to be world No 156.

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