As is usually the case after a Grand Slam, the ATP and WTA rankings received quite the shakeup after some noteworthy performances by players on both tours.
Here’s five players who had made an impact on their respective draws, as they pulled off multiple upsets to ensure they’re heading in the right direction up the rankings. (All photos from Getty Images)
Up to No. 141 from No. 313
It’s one thing to battle through the qualifying rounds of Wimbledon as a 15-year-old. But to beat five-time champion Venus Williams in the first round, win two more matches and only have your run stopped by the eventual winner, Simona Halep? That’s the stuff legends are made of. The teen prodigy showed she’s ready for the game’s biggest stages as she tries to keep her momentum going while playing a limited schedule.
Up to No. 39 from No. 65
In two of the previous three years, Querrey has completely altered the course of the tournament, taking out Wimbledon champions Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray in 2016 and 2017, respectively. This year, fresh off a final in Eastbourne, the American knocked off world No. 4 Dominic Thiem in the opening round and kept rolling to land a spot in the second week, with Rafael Nadal stopping him in the quarterfinals. Having missed a significant portion of the season due to injury, Querrey showed what he’s still capable of when healthy.
Up to No. 37 from No. 55
With surfaces playing more uniform across the board, there aren’t many grass-court specialists left in the game. However, if you are looking for the best on the lawns, you’d have to count Riske among them. The American won an ITF event and the title in ‘s-Hertogenbosch on turf this year, and rode that wave through Wimbledon, where she upset world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty before falling to Serena Williams in the quarterfinals. It was her best showing at a major.
Roberto Bautista Agut
Up to No. 13 from No. 22
Going into the men’s semifinals, one couldn’t blame eventual winner Djokovic if he was wary of his opponent: Bautista Agut had topped the world No. 1 twice already in 2019. The Spaniard has enjoyed a season full of breakthroughs, with his final-four showing topping his previous best finish at a Grand Slam: the quarterfinals of this year’s Australian Open. As he’s matched his career-high ranking first reached three years ago, it appears that a spot in the Top 10 is on the horizon.
Up to No. 32 from No. 54
So. Many. Seeds. Nearly every time out at Wimbledon this year, Strycova was facing a higher-ranked opponent, with four of her first five opponents among the tournament’s Top 32. The Czech passed through the first five rounds with flying colors to make her Grand Slam semifinal debut at the age of 33. Though she fell to Serena in the penultimate round, it was still a tournament to remember for Strycova, who also climbed to the top of the doubles rankings after winning the women’s title with Su-Wei Hsieh.
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