Historic records broke, first-time title winners, and career-high rankings: this past week had it all in both the ATP and the WTA tours, making this one of the more exciting weeks of the season as things wind down. With the WTA finals around the corner, this week may have been the last chance for some players to make a splash. Here are the players this week who rose through the rankings:
+7 — No. 34 to No. 27
The 2019 season has graced fans with another first-time title winner. Denis Shapovalov won the crown Stockholm, in his first ATP final after losing in seven semifinals. He defeated Filip Krajinovic, 6-4, 6-4. While he hasn't [assed his career-best ranking—he will have to rise another eight spots for that—the Canadian is probably too happy to care.
+19 – No. 63 to No. 44
Despite Ostapenko not being back within the Top 10, she showed this weekend that she can still hang with the best of them. The 22-year-old won the Luxembourg Open, defeating Julia Goerges, 6-4, 6-1, in the final. Ostapenko has regained Top-50 status, which she lost it in July.
+9 — No. 31 to No. 22
The birthday boy prevailed in his home country, defeating Adrian Mannarino to take home the Kremlin Cup title, the second of his career. It was a near beatdown, 6-4, 6-0, on his 22nd birthday, becoming the ninth Russian to win the event. The start of the week saw Rublev win his first-ever match in Moscow. He breaks into the Top 25 for the first time in his career.
+1 — No. 5 to No. 4
You may be thinking, "Wait, Andreescu didn't even play this week. How did she move up a spot?"
She's just that good now. Or it's because Elina Svitolina lost early at the Kremlin Cup, so the Canadian was able to rise to No. 4 in the rankings, making history as highest-ranked Canadian woman has ever achieved. She surpassed Eugenie Bouchard's career-best ranking of No. 5, which she reached in 2014.
As a result of Elina Svitolina's early exit in Moscow last week, Bianca Andreescu is now up to a career-high No. 4 in the WTA rankings. Real shot at No. 2 depending on results at the WTA Finals beginning next week. pic.twitter.com/wzh3JBsSLI
As a result of Elina Svitolina's early exit in Moscow last week, Bianca Andreescu is now up to a career-high No. 4 in the WTA rankings. Real shot at No. 2 depending on results at the WTA Finals beginning next week. pic.twitter.com/wzh3JBsSLI— Vivek Jacob (@VivekMJacob) October 21, 2019
+10 — No. 40 to No. 30
This was one of the bigger weeks to remember for Pavlyuchenkova as she was one set away from raising the title in Moscow, but lost out to Belinda Bencic. During the tournament, four of her five matches went for three sets. She is still 17 spots away from her career-best ranking of No. 13, which she reached in 2011.