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Rankings Report: WTA Title Winners Reach New Heights

First time WTA title-winners Eugenie Bouchard and Monica Puig each hit new career highs this week on the women's side. Bouchard, the winner in Nürnberg, climbs three spots to No. 16, while Puig, champion in Strasbourg, rises 15 spots to No. 41. With Roland Garros beginning on Sunday, these rankings will stand until the end of the fortnight.

Silvia Soler-Espinosa, who was defeated by Puig in the final match in Strasbourg, is the biggest WTA mover of the week. The Spaniard, who had to qualify into the field, upset Peng ShuaiCamila Giorgi and Christina McHale to make her first career WTA final. Although still far from her career-high of No. 54, Soler-Espinosa skyrockets 33 spots from No. 118 to No. 85.

Karolina Pliskova, the other beaten WTA finalist of the week, also sets a new career-high of No. 53. The right-handed Pliskova twin made her second final of the year in Nürnberg, and the big-serving Czech gave Bouchard all she could handle before falling in three sets.

On the men's side, it was the beaten finalists who had the biggest rises. Nice finalist Federico Delbonis rose to a career-high No. 34 to cap his career week. The Argentine picked up wins over both John Isner and Gilles Simon (for the second time this year) to reach his third career final. He remains the Argentine No. 2 behind the injured Juan Martin del Potro. Veteran Croatian Ivo Karlovic, who finished runner-up in Düsseldorf, rose to his highest ranking in nearly four years as a result. The 35-year-old, who peaked at No. 14 in 2008, rose 12 spots to No. 37.

Czech phenom Jiri Vesely also returned to the ATP Top 100 this week on the back of a semifinal showing in Düsseldorf. The 20-year-old, who reach his career-high of No. 67 earlier the year, rose over 20 spots back to No. 81.

Juan Monaco and Albert Montanes both plummeted in the rankings this week, as they were unable to defend titles from a season ago. Montanes, the defending champion in Nice, reached the semifinals in his title defense before losing to the eventual champion Ernests Gulbis. The final four showing did little to cushion the Spaniard's ranking, as he fell 25 spots to No. 86. Monaco, the defending champion in Düsseldorf, fell in the quarterfinals to Karlovic and saw his ranking fall from No. 54 to No. 76.


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