Here are some of this week’s most notable ranking movers:
Kateryna Bondarenko (+10, No.84 to No.74): The second highest-ranked mother on tour following Tatjana Maria at No.56, Bondarenko has quietly put together an excellent run of form over the past six months. Having fallen to No.133 last September, the former World No.29 responded by capturing her second career title in Tashkent. This year, she’s backed that up with a third-round showing at the Australian Open (including her 20th career Top 20 victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova) and, last week, a run to the Indian Wells 125K final where she fell to Sara Errani. The Ukrainian’s reward is her highest position since January 2017, 18 spots off the best ranking of her post-maternity career – No.56, set in July 2016.
Veronica Cepede Royg (+7, No.83 to No.75): The Paraguayan No.1 scored the fifth WTA quarterfinal of her career last week in Acapulco, notching up wins over Belinda Bencic and Irina-Camelia Begu on the way. The result puts the 26-year-old, who also reached the fourth round of Roland Garros last year, just two spots off her career high ranking. In her sights is the best position ever achieved by a Paraguayan woman – No.51, set by Rossana de los Ríos in November 2001.
Sara Errani (+32, No.125 to No.93): The Italian put together a spectacular run last week, coming through qualifying to win seven matches and capture the Indian Wells 125K title. Along the way, the former World No.5 was a one-woman wrecking ball to home hopes, defeating six consecutive Americans – Danielle Lao, Claire Liu, Jennifer Brady, Kristie Ahn, Danielle Collins and Amanda Anisimova – before sealing her return to the Top 100 with victory over Kateryna Bondarenko in the final.
Sachia Vickery (+1, No.101 to No.100): The American No.11 may have lost in the first round of the Indian Wells 125K to Sofia Kenin last week, but her strong form over the past six months has been enough for her to make her Top 100 debut this week. Having compiled a disappointing 12-17 win-loss record coming into last year’s North American hard court swing, Vickery turned her fortunes around by qualifying for and winning a round at the US Open, reaching the Québec City quarterfinals and capturing the biggest title of her career to date at the ITF $60,000 event in Templeton, California in October. This year, the 22-year-old built on those results by making her maiden WTA semifinal off the bat in Auckland – including the second Top 30 victory of her career, a shock 6-2, 6-2 defeat of Agnieszka Radwanska in the quarterfinals. Vickery is the second Top 100 debutante of 2018 so far following Ana Bogdan, who broke the barrier in January.