Tunisian Anas Jaber rose to the highest rank in her career in the WTA rankings, after advancing on Monday to fourth place, despite her disappointing participation this year in the Roland Garros Championship, which she entered as a strong candidate to compete for the title.
After being crowned in the Madrid tournament and runner-up to the Polish first-ranked Iga Švientek in Rome, both of which were in the 1,000 rounds, Jaber was a candidate to compete strongly for the cup in Paris as she continued her quest for the first title in the major tournaments.
However, she was suddenly knocked out of the first round by the Polish Magda Lynet, losing three sets. Despite this setback, she managed to advance two places as a result of the exit of many of the first-ranked women from the early stages, most notably the Czech champion Barbora Krajicekova last season, who lost the rank and fell 12 places to 14th place due to the points she lost due to her exit from the first round as well.
Jaber, 27, rose to sixth place in the middle of last month, which was also the highest in her career, after she became last year the first Arab woman to enter the top ten list in the world.
Šviontik continued to soar outside the flock and widened the difference to more than 4,000 points over its nearest rival, Estonian new runner-up Annette Kontaveit, who advanced three places despite opening the French capital.
For the first time in the modern era of the game “since 1968”, it remained ranked one of the top ten in the fourth round at Roland Garros, paving the way for Šviontik to crown its second major title after the first in Paris also in 2020.
The 21-year-old raised her titles to six this year after a series of 35 consecutive victories, equaling those achieved by American Venus Williams in the year 2000, the longest in the third millennium.
The youngest American Coco Gauff, 18, the runner-up for Saturday, approached the top ten and moved up 10 places to 13th in the best ranking during her career, after reaching the first major final of her career, to be the youngest player among the top 100.
In men, Spanish Rafael Nadal advanced to fourth place after the 36-year-old consolidated his record in the number of Roland Garros titles and major titles, by achieving the 14th Cup in Paris and 22nd in the Grand Slam.
After falling in the quarter-final against Nadal and relinquishing the French championship, Serbian Novak Djokovic maintained the lead, but he will lose it next week to Russian Daniil Medvedev and fall to third place behind German Alexander Zverev, who revealed that he is likely suffering from a rupture in “many” of Ankle ligaments, after the injury that prevented him from completing his match against Nadal in the Roland Garros semi-finals.
Kasper Rudd advanced to the sixth highest place in his career, after becoming the first Norwegian to reach the final of a major tournament in history, before falling to his teacher and idol Nadal, who founded the 23-year-old in his academy.
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