Russia’s Anastasia Potapova has broken into the world’s top 50 women’s player for the first time as the youngster reaps the rewards of a string of forms that has seen her dive deep in the final rounds of recent tournaments.
Saratov-born Potapova moved up 11 spots in the WTA singles rankings updated on Monday to reach a career-best 48th.
The 21-year-old’s rise comes after she reached at least the semi-finals in her last three tournaments.
Potapova qualified for the last four of the Ladies Open Lausanne in mid-July before losing to Serbian Olga Danilovic.
The Russian repeated that run at the German Open in Berlin, where she was beaten by Estonian world number two Anett Kontaveit.
Potaova did better at the Prague Open, although she was beaten in the final on Sunday by Czech ace Marie Bouzkova.
That loss was tempered by the doubles win, where Potapova won the title alongside compatriot Yana Sizikova – her third WTA pairs crown.
Potapova clinched her first WTA singles title earlier this season when she won the Istanbul Cup beating fellow Russian Veronika Kudermetova in April.
Potapova, who boasts career earnings of over $1.7 million, will aim to continue an upward trajectory and is now ranked fourth among Russian women in the WTA singles rankings.
The highest-rated Russian female star remains Daria Kasatkina at world No. 12, while Veronika Kudermetova and Ekaterina Alexandrova occupy the 19th and 28th places respectively.
Former Russian women’s number one Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova announced last week that she hoped to have recovered from a layoff caused by a knee injury in time for the Australian Open in January.
Pavlyuchenkova finds herself in 98th position in the world after falling during her absence, which began before Roland-Garros in May.
In the men’s ATP rankings, Russian ace Daniil Medvedev retained his world number one spot, bringing the total number of weeks he topped the charts to 11.
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