WTA rankings: Biggest shifts in the top 20 in 2019

The final WTA rankings were released earlier this week and here's a look at the massive gains and drops and the rise of youngsters.

Players posing with the 2019 WTA Finals trophy in Shenzhen, China.   -  Getty Images

Australia's Ashleigh Barty defeated current world No. 6 Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-3 in the final of the WTA Finals in Shenzhen, China, on November 3 to win her maiden season-ending championship and draw the curtains on the 2019 WTA Tour – and cement her reign as the world No. 1.

This season in women's tennis saw massive change in rankings owing to young talent breaking through the dominance of seasoned campaigners.

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We take a look at the biggest jumps and drops in rankings of the year concerning the top 20 players in the world. 

Bianca Andreescu (102 places): Starting the year ranked 107th in the world, nobody, including Andreescu her self, would have predicted that she would end the year in top 10. What a fabulous year the Canadian star has had! The 19-year-old made headlines at the start of the year when she finished as the runner-up in Auckland. She followed it up with three titles in the next 10 months. The current world No. 5 won at Indian Wells, Toronto and the US Open to make massive gains in the rankings.

 

Marketa Vondrousova (51 places): The current world No. 16 also had a year to remember. Vondrousova began the year as world No. 67, and with consistent performances, the 20-year-old managed to break into the top 20. The Czech player, who won her first WTA title at the age of 17 as a qualifier, finished second best in Budapest, Istanbul as well as the French Open.

 

Belinda Bencic (47 places): 2019 was the most successful year for Belinda Bencic. Apart from titles in Dubai and Moscow, she finished as the runner-up in Moscow. The 22-year-old also made it to the Swiss Fed Cup for a fifth consecutive year.

WTA RANKINGS TABLE: [Top-20]

["+" shows gain | "-" shows drop | "~" shows no change]

Player Name

Ranking after ATP Finals

Ranking at beginning of year

Change in Ranking

Ashleigh Barty

1

15

+14

Karolina Pliskova

2

7

+5

Naomi Osaka

3

4

+1

Simona Halep

4

1

-3

Bianca Andreescu

5

107

+102

Elina Svitolina

6

6

~

Petra Kvitova

7

8

+1

Belinda Bencic

8

55

+47

Kiki Bertens

9

9

~

Serena Williams

10

16

+6

Aryna Sabalenka

11

11

~

Johanna Konta

12

38

+26

Madison Keys

13

17

+4

Sofia Kenin

14

19

+5

Petra Martic

15

31

+16

Marketa Vondrousova

16

67

+51

Elise Mertens

17

12

-5

Alison Riske

18

29

+11

Donna Vekic

19

29

+10

Angelique Kerber

20

2

-18

 

BRILLIANT BARTY in 2019

Ashleigh Barty gained 14 places on the 2019 WTA Tour to the end the year as the world No.1, a ranking she is likely to hold for the beginning of the coming year – she is around 1,900 points ahead of Karolina Pliskova in second place.

This was the 23-year-old Australian's best year of her career yet. With titles in Miami, French Open and Birmingham alongside finishing as the  runner-up in Sydney and Beijing, she bagged a total of 6,476points.

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BIGGEST DROPS

Angelique Kerber (18 places):  From world No. 2 to world No. 20, Angelique Kerber definitely had a year to forget. The veteran German did not win a single title and finished as the runner-up at Indian Wells only. After winning Wimbledon in 2018, the three-time Grand Slam has been without a title. She ended the 2019 WTA Tour with a 28-19 win-loss record.

Elise Mertens (5 places): Placed 17th in the world rankings presently, Elise Mertens dropped five places in 2019. The Belgian finished with a 35-27 win-loss record, including a solitary title in Doha. The five-time WTA Tour champion failed to secure a single second-best finish in the entire year.

[Data: WTA]