In-form Aussies rewarded with ranking rises

Australia, 26 July 2021 | Leigh Rogers

Men’s singles

Alex Bolt is the biggest mover inside the Australian top 10 in this week’s ATP Tour men’s singles rankings.

The 28-year-old made his second career ATP-level quarterfinal in Los Cabos last week, helping him improve nine places to world No.139. Bolt is now the eighth-ranked Australian man, overtaking Marc Polmans.

Polmans still had a good week, rising three spots to world No.144 after reaching the second round at an ATP 250 tournament in Gstaad.

Meanwhile, Jason Kubler improves 33 spots to world No.272 after reaching an ATP Challenger final in Kazakhstan. It was the 28-year-old’s first final appearance at that level since July 2019.

Rinky Hijikata continues to rise too, with the 20-year-old improving 60 places to world No.648. He collected his second ITF singles title in as many weeks, extending his winning streak to 10 matches with a title-winning run in Edwardsville.

AUSSIE TOP 10
Player Rank Move
Alex de Minaur No.18 -1
John Millman No.44 0
Nick Kyrgios No.58 -2
Jordan Thompson No.63 0
Alexei Popyrin No.73 -1
James Duckworth No.77 0
Christopher O’Connell No.132 -1
Alex Bolt No.139 +9
Marc Polmans No.144 +3
Thanasi Kokkinakis No.184 -1
Women’s singles

Astra Sharma continues to climb the WTA Tour singles rankings. The 25-year-old improves 10 places this week after a quarterfinal run in Palermo.

Sharma is now ranked No.111, her highest mark since January 2020.

AUSSIE TOP 10
Player Rank Move
Ash Barty No.1 0
Ajla Tomljanovic No.51 0
Astra Sharma No.111 +10
Storm Sanders No.138 -4
Maddison Inglis No.145 -3
Arina Rodionova No.155 -2
Lizette Cabrera No.162 -16
Priscilla Hon No.179 -3
Sam Stosur No.188 -2
Ellen Perez No.219 -20
Men’s doubles

Luke Saville has set a new career-high in the latest ATP Tour doubles rankings. The 27-year-old makes his top-30 debut this week, rising two places to world No.30.

Thomas Fancutt is one of the biggest movers of the week, rising 31 places to world No.375. The 26-year-old has won six ITF Futures titles this season.

AUSSIE TOP 10
Player Rank Move
John Peers No.25 0
Luke Saville No.30 +2
Max Purcell No.42 -3
Alex de Minaur No.66 +2
Matthew Ebden No.71 +1
John-Patrick Smith No.75 0
Matt Reid No.90 -1
Marc Polmans No.111 -8
James Duckworth No.233 -6
Scott Puodziunas No.247 -7
Women’s doubles

There has been little change in the latest WTA doubles rankings, with Ash Barty remaining the top-ranked Australian at world No.36.

Jaimee Fourlis rises three spots to world No.185. The 21-year-old has had strong results at ITF level, advancing to three semifinals in her past four tournaments.

AUSSIE TOP 10
Player Rank Move
Ash Barty No.36 0
Storm Sanders No.41 0
Ellen Perez No.50 0
Arina Rodionova No.79 +1
Sam Stosur No.101 -2
Astra Sharma No.123 -2
Ajla Tomljanovic No.133 0
Monique Adamczak No.165 +1
Jaimee Fourlis No.185 +3
Lizette Cabrera No.190 0

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