Mertens climbs to career high WTA ranking
PARIS Belgian Elise Mertens climbed three places to a careerhigh 17th in the WTA world rankings released yesterday following her victory at the Lugano Open on Sunday.
Romanias Simona Halep retained her No 1 position as there was no change in the top 16 after a low-key week in womens tennis.
Mertenss beaten opponent in the Swiss final, Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus climbed 14 places to 47th.
The biggest mover, though, was Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia who jumped 48 spots to 84th after winning the Bogota Open.
On the mens side, Briton Kyle Edmund rose three places to 23 in the ATP world rankings following a run to the final in Marrakech last week.
The only move in the top 20 saw Spains Roberto Bautista swap 16th and 17th places with American Jack Sock.
Rafael Nadal retains the world No 1 spot but has a lot of points to defend before the French Open starts next month, starting with this week in Monte Carlo.