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Petra Kvitova re-enters women’s tennis top 10 dominated by Iga Swiatek

/ 02:59 PM April 04, 2023

Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic poses with the Butch Buchholz Trophy after defeating Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan during the Women's Final of the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium on April 01, 2023 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic poses with the Butch Buchholz Trophy after defeating Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan during the Women’s Final of the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium on April 01, 2023 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP 

Former world No. 2 Petra Kvitova climbed back into the top 10 in the WTA rankings on Monday after winning in Miami, while Iga Swiatek continued to dominate an unchanged top three.

Kvitova, a 33-year-old Czech, won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014 but has never reached the top spot in the ranking, peaking at number two in 2015 and 2019.

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She climbed two spots to No. 10 with her first victory in Miami.

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The losing finalist, Elena Rybakina, the reigning Wimbledon champion who represents Kazakhstan, had won in Indian Wells in March to climb to seventh and remained in that spot.

FILE PHOTO; Tennis - WTA 500 - Ostrava Open - CEZ Arena, Ostrava, Czech Republic - October 9, 2022 Poland's Iga Swiatek reacts during the singles final against Czech Republic's Barbora Krejcikova

FILE PHOTO; Tennis – WTA 500 – Ostrava Open – CEZ Arena, Ostrava, Czech Republic – October 9, 2022 Poland’s Iga Swiatek reacts during the singles final against Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova REUTERS/David W Cerny

Swiatek, a Pole, was injured and unable to defend her Miami title, but still leads the rankings by more than 2,000 points from Aryna Sabalenka with American Jessica Pegula a distant third.

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Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia retained the fourth place with Tunisian Ons Jabeur fifth.

Italian Martina Trevisan, a quarterfinalist in Miami, entered the top 20 for the first time.

Sorana Cirstea, a 32-year-old Romanian who reached the last eight in Indian Wells and the last four in Miami, jumped 33 spots to No. 41.

WTA rankings as of April 3

1. Iga Swiatek (POL) 8,975 pts

2. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 6,945

3. Jessica Pegula (USA) 5,605

4. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 4,990

5. Ons Jabeur (TUN) 4,866

6. Cori Gauff (USA) 4,346

7. Elena Rybakina (KAZ) 4,305

8. Daria Kasatkina 3,375

9. Maria Sakkari (GRE) 3,191 (+1)

10. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 3,162 (+2)

11. Belinda Bencic (SUI) 3,035

12. Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) 2,443 (+1)

13. Veronika Kudermetova 2,360 (-2)

14. Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) 2,276

15. Liudmila Samsonova 2,246

16. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 2,210 (+1)

17. Ekaterina Alexandrova 2,185 (+1)

18. Victoria Azarenka 2,182 (-2)

19. Magda Linette (POL) 1,855

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20. Martina Trevisan (ITA) 1,778 (+4)

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