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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Monday August 21, 2023

Welcome to the Top-10 Karolina Muchova!

The talented Czech, who turns 27 on Monday August 21, joins the WTA’s Top-10 at No.10 this week, thanks to her run to her first 1000-level final at Cincinnati.

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Muchova, a finalist at Roland-Garros this year as well, started the year outside of the Top 150.

She is one of two Czechs currently inside the WTA’s Top-10, along with Marketa Vondrousova, this year’s Wimbledon champion.

Muchova becomes the fourth player to make their Top 10 debut this year, joining Elena Rybakina (January 30), Beatriz Haddad Maia (June 12) and Marketa Vondrousova (July 17).

Muchova and Vondrousova aren’t the only Czechs making moves up the rankings. 18-year-old Linda Noskova, who reached the round of 16 at Cincinnati, rises eight spots to a career-high No.42.

No.1 Up for Grabs In New York

A quick glance at the rankings shows Iga Swiatek with a commanding lead of over 1200 points over Aryna Sabalenka, but when we look at the points that need to be defended in New York, we see that the Pole will need to outperform Sabalenka in order to keep the No.1 ranking.

Swiatek drops 2000 for winning the title last year. Sabalenka drops 720 for reaching the semis. Which means that Sabalenka gains 1280 if the players each have the same result.

Townsend up to No.5 in Doubles

Taylor Townsend, who won the doubles title in Cincinnati alongside American Alycia Parks, rises to a career-high doubles ranking of No.5.

Parks rises 13 spots to a career-high No.29 as well.

Italians Rising

Italian’s Elisabetta Cocciaretto (+1 to No.29) and Jasmine Paolina (+8 to No.35) hit new career-highs on Monday.

Maria Back into Top-50

Germany’s Tatjana Maria, who won the title at the WTA 125 tournament in Barranquilla, Colombia, returns to the Top 50, moving from No.58 to No.49. The former World No.46 is the biggest riser inside the Top-50 this week.

Bucsa Biggest Riser

Cristina Bucsa of Spain, who qualified for Cincinnati and efeated World No.14 Belinda Bencic in the first round, is the WTA’s biggest riser inside the Top 100. Bucsa moves from No.84 to No.70, just four spots shy of her career-high.