Biggest movers: McPhee nears top 200, Barty back to No.1

Melbourne, VIC, 11 September 2019 | tennis.com.au

Kaylah McPhee was one of several Australians this week making significant moves in the WTA and ATP rankings.

The 21-year-old Queenslander jumped 35 places to a career-high mark of No.209 after progressing to the final of the ITF 60K tournament in Jinan, China.

Now on the cusp of the top 200, McPhee has enjoyed an incredible season, beginning 2019 ranked 350th before going on to reach two finals, two semifinals and three quarterfinals.

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In other notable moves, Alexei Popyrin surged back inside the top 100 after reaching the third round of the US Open, James Duckworth closed in on that bracket after winning an ATP Challenger title in China, Thanasi Kokkinakis rebounded 26 places after reaching the second round in Flushing Meadows and Harry Bouchier and Seone Mendez were rewarded for their ongoing success on the ITF circuit.

Ash Barty, meanwhile, returned to world No.1 — overtaking Naomi Osaka — after advancing to the fourth round of the US Open for the second straight year.

Australia’s biggest movers

Player Ranking Rise Countable activity
Ash Barty No.1 +1 4R US Open
Nick Kyrgios No.27 +3 3R US Open
Alex de Minaur No.31 +7 4R US Open
Astra Sharma No.89 +5 QF New Haven 125K
Alexei Popyrin No.91 +14 R3 US open
James Duckworth No.115 +16 W Baotou Challenger
Priscilla Hon No.123 +7 R1 US Open (as a lucky loser)
Thanasi Kokkinakis No.177 +26 R2 US Open
Lizette Cabrera No.181 +8 QFR* US Open
Kaylah McPhee No.209 +35 F Jinan 60K ITF
Harry Bourchier No.322 +34 QF Baotou Challenger
Seone Mendez No.428 +30 W Tabarka 15K ITF

*QFR = qualifying final round