Several changes in this week's WTA Rankings after the Cincinnati's Western & Southern Open. The Romanian Simona Halep increased her lead over Caroline Wozniacki, now she has +2,000 points more than the Dane, who got most of her points in the last 12 months at the 2017 Singapore WTA Finals and 2018 Australian Open, as she won both titles.
The American Sloane Stephens is third, but she needs to go far at the US Open as she defends 2,000 points. Stephens is followed by the Wimbledon winner Angelique Kerber. The Czech Petra Kvitova cameback on the top 5, she overcame Caroline Garcia.
Both players are competing this week in New Haven prior to Flushing Meadows. The German Julia Goerges achieved a career-high ranking at No. 9, and Jelena Ostapenko cameback in the top 10. Bad times for the Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, who lost in the opening round in Cincinnati as defending champion and lost three places in the rankings, she is now 12th.
Career-high also for Kiki Bertens, who triumphed in Ohio region beating Halep in the final. 'I just played so many matches and just keep on going, so many great wins, and that I could really enjoy it', the Dutch said in press conference.
'Winning a title like this, my first hard court title, and then against No. 1 of the world, getting my career high on Monday. I don't know. It's just coming everything together, I guess.' Maria Sharapova stays as No.
21, while Serena Williams earned place (now No. 26).