Fernandez retains climbing, Kasatkina returns to Prime 50


With titles in St. Petersburg and Monterrey, Daria Kasatkina and Leylah Fernandez each made a significant leap in the rankings. Here is a breakdown:

Kasatkina returns to the top 50

Daria Kasatkina (+19, from No. 61 to No. 42) won the second individual title of the 2021 season in St. Petersburg last week when she returned to the top 50. After finishing the 2020 season in 71st place, Kasatkina moved up to 42nd place after her success this year.

Kasatkina is one of five Russians currently in the top 50. She is now the No. 4 Russian behind Ekaterina Alexandrova No. 34, Svetlana Kuznetsova No. 35 and Veronika Kudermetova No. 37.

Russian rule: Kasatkina’s top 10 games on the way to the title in St. Petersburg

Top games

1 day in front

Monterrey title drives Fernandez to career height

Leylah Fernandez (+16, from 88 to 72) won her first career singles title in Monterrey last week, an accomplishment that has led her to a career in the rankings. At 18 years and 196 days, Fernandez is the youngest Canadian to win a title since Helen Kelesi won in Taranto in 1988. Fernandez is currently the second youngest player in the top 100 behind just Coco Gauff.

Viktorija Golubic (+21, from 102 to 81) reached the final in Monterrey as a qualifier and earned 198 points last week. It returns to the top 100.

Other notable rank movement

Anastasia Gasanova (+58, from 241 to 183): Gasanova played in her second major draw tournament and reached the quarter-finals in St. Petersburg when she made her Top 200 debut at number 183.

Margarita Gasparyan (+38, from 126 to 88): Gasparyan was a finalist in St. Petersburg last week and dropped 38 places in this week’s WTA rankings. For the first time in a little over a year, he returned to the top 100.

Vera Zvonareva (+23, from 145 to 122): Zvonareva’s semi-finals in St. Petersburg, a former WTA world No. 2, brought her ranking to 122nd place, 23 places more than last week. It was her first semi-final in St. Petersburg since 2019 and the fourth since she returned to the tour in 2017 after giving birth to her daughter.