At the start of the year, Simona Halep set a goal to be back in the Top 10 by the end of the year—and she's overshot that by a long way, jumping from No. 15 to No. 6 on today’s WTA rankings after capturing her biggest title in almost two years at the WTA 1000 in Toronto.

“I feel like it’s a big deal to be back in the Top 10,” she said after a grueling 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 victory over Beatriz Haddad Maia in the final. “When I started the year I was not very confident, and I set the goal to be, at the end of the year, Top 10. And here I am. So it’s a very special moment. I will enjoy it. I will give myself credit. I’m just dreaming for more.”

Halep probably would have broken back into the elite after Wimbledon had the grass-court major had ranking points this year—she reached the semifinals there without any points to defend, having missed the tournament last year due to a calf injury.

But the re-breakthrough is here now, and today Halep kicks off her 374th career week inside the Top 10. The first 373 all came consecutively between January 27th, 2014 and August 9th, 2021, the eighth-longest Top 10 streak in WTA rankings history after Martina Navratilova (1,000), Chris Evert (746), Steffi Graf (625), Gabriela Sabatini (508), Pam Shriver (458), Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (429) and Hana Mandlikova (421).

There are a few more notable debuts on the WTA rankings this week: Haddad Maia, who became the first Brazilian to reach the final of a WTA 1000, jumps from No. 24 to No. 16 for her Top 20 debut; and American Bernarda Pera makes her Top 50 debut, rising from No. 56 to No. 49 after reaching the final of a WTA 125K event in Concord, Massachusetts.

And there’s big news on the WTA doubles rankings, as Coco Gauff rises from No. 6 to No. 1—shattering her previous career-high of No. 5—after winning her second WTA 1000 title of the year in Toronto alongside fellow American Jessica Pegula.

Gauff is the 46th woman to rise to No. 1 since WTA doubles rankings began in 1984, and the second-youngest after Martina Hingis, who got to the top spot at age 17 in 1998.

Meanwhile, Pegula makes her Top 10 doubles debut, rising from No. 12 to No. 8.

Halep has now won 18 of her last 21 matches, a stretch that began at the start of the grass-court season.

Halep has now won 18 of her last 21 matches, a stretch that began at the start of the grass-court season.


There are some big moves on the ATP rankings today, too, after some breakthrough results in Montreal: former No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta goes from No. 23 to No. 14 after winning the biggest title of his career at the Masters 1000 event; Dan Evans jumps from No. 39 to No. 23, just one spot off his career-high of No. 22, after reaching the semifinals, where he fell to the Spaniard; Nick Kyrgios rises from No. 37 to No. 28 after reaching the quarters, guaranteeting him a seed at the US Open; and British rising star Jack Draper soars from No. 82 to No. 55 after reaching the first Masters 1000 quarterfinal of his career.

And though he didn’t play doubles this past week, Kyrgios also makes his Top 20 debut on the ATP doubles rankings, moving from No. 22 to No. 20 after Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah dip from co-No. 20s to co-No. 22s. Kyrgios did win back-to-back doubles titles in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. the two weeks before Montreal, and with two different partners too (Thanasi Kokkinakis and Jack Sock).