WTA Rankings: Karolina Muchova treads comeback trail

Karolina Muchova in action

Karolina Muchova’s comeback from injury gained momentum in Estonia last week as he run to the last eight helped her make the biggest WTA Rankings jump of the week.

Muchova made her first last-eight appearance of 2022 as a wild card in Tallinn, giving her ranking a 35-spot boost in the latest update.

After cruising past Frenchwoman Jessika Ponchet in the Round of 32 Muchova then needed to come from behind to beat Viktorija Golubic to reach the last eight for the first time this year.

In the quarter-final, she lost to home hope Kaia Kanepi in another three-set battle.

Muchova moves up from No 224 to No 189 in a 35-place jump that will give her great encouragement as she treads the path back towards the elite upper echelons of the rankings.

In another big move and historic moment, Mayar Sherif makes her Top 50 debut, at World No 49, On the heels of becoming the first Egyptian woman to win a WTA Tour singles title.

The 26-year-old defeated World No 7 Maria Sakkari in the championship match in Parma, Italy and Sherif collected 280 ranking points in the process having also battled through qualifying just to reach the main draw.

Another Tallin quarter-finalist Ysaline Bonaventure jumps 16 places to move up from No 138 to No 122 in the world.

The 28-year-old Belgian notched massive wins over Jill Teichmann and
Shelby Rogers.

Bonaventure reached her second quarter-final at WTA Tour level in 2022 before falling in a three-set match to top-seed Anett Kontaveit.

In other notable movements, former World No 2 Barbora Krejcikova moves up four spots from No 27 to No 23, after winning her first title of 2022 last week in Tallinn, the 2021 French Open champion has endured a difficult season, although she would reach a career-high ranking during the season before plummeting after falling early in defence of her Roland Garros crown.

After reaching back-to-back semifinals at a pair of WTA 250 tournaments, in Portoroz and Parma, Romania’s Ana Bogdan makes her Top 50 debut at No 46, meanwhile, American Madison Brengle returns to the Top 50 (at No.48) for the first time since 2016 after winning an ITF Circuit title in Templeton, California, last week.

Aliona Bolsova also jumps 29 places from No 189 to No 160 after her run to the final at the ITF Circuit event in San Sebastian, Spain, last week, collecting 48 ranking points.

Austrian Julia Grabher solidified her return to the Top 100 by winning an ITF Circuit title in San Sebastian as she jumped 17 spots to a career-high No 85.

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