With the exception of Caroline Garcia, still 4th in the world, and, to a lesser extent, Alizé Cornet, 34th, nothing is going well for the French women. This Monday, in the new ranking, the Bleues only present Lyonnaise and Niçoise in the Top 100.
The hour is serious for the French players. Paradoxically, while Caroline Garcia, still 4th in the standings on Monday despite not playing again since her two United Cup victories (against Podoroska and Martic), is back at such a level that she can consider winning her first title in a Grand Slam tournament when she finished last season with a first victory at the Masters, our other representatives are on the other hand. Alizé Cornet, victorious in one match out of two last week in Perth, is the only one to escape this rout. The Niçoise, who reached the quarter-finals of the last Australian Open, is 34th in the new WTA ranking (she won two places). And that’s all for the Top 100. Monday, there are indeed only two French women among the world’s first hundred: Garcia, or the referee who hides this very dark blue forest, and Cornet. All the other Tricolores are now ranked beyond the Top 100. Some not very far and still within reach. This is particularly the case of Diane Parry, 107th, and if we go even lower than the ghost Léolia Jeanjean, 109th.
“Kiki” no longer appears in the top 150!
For our other representatives, it will be more complicated to find the first half of the classification. After Jeanjean, the best ranked is indeed Océane Dodin, 123rd. Then follow Clara Burel (131st), Harmony Tan (142nd), released in the first round of qualifying in Melbourne on Monday, and Elsa Jacquemot (146th). As for Kristina Mladenovic, still world number 1 three years ago, she no longer appears in the top 150 today. The Northerner is 152nd in singles. On the other hand, in doubles, the Northerner, 16th Monday, continues to shine. In Melbourne, it is once again in this register that we will have to wait, especially since she won the Australian Open in mixed doubles last season, alongside the Croatian Ivan Dodig. But it is all the same very regrettable and it does not come to raise the level of French women’s tennis which is seriously gray.
TENNIS / WTA RANKING
Ranking as of Monday, January 9, 2023
1- Iga Swiatek (POL) 11 025 points
2- Ons Jabeur (TUN) 5 180
3- Jessica Pegula (USA) 5,000
4- Caroline Garcia (FRA) 4415
5- Aryna Sabalenka (BIE) 4340
6- Maria Sakkari (GRE) 3 921
7- Coco Gauff (USA) 3 871
8- Daria Kasatkina (RUS) 3,380
9- Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) 2,715
10- Madison Keys (USA) 2 597 (+1)
34- Alizé Cornet (FRA) 1,347 (+2)