- If a player's ranking is a new career high, it will be noted in bold.
- If the ranking tied his or her previous career high, it will be noted with an asterisk.*
- If the ranking marks his or her debut in the ranking it will be noted in red.
New WTA Career-High Rankings, September 21 & 28, 2015
Quebec City WTA: First she qualified, then she recorded two big WTA main draw wins ... two big straight set wins. This result allowed 2012 US Open Junior champion Samantha Crawford to break into the Top 200, where she'll reside at least for the rest of the year (and likely much longer). Danielle Lao (USC) also picked up 12 points from a first round qualifying win.
Albuquerque $75K: The following week, Lao got another 10 points for a first round win over Louisa Chirico. Wild card Julia Jones (Ole Miss) won a round there as well to account for her jump into the Top 500, as did qualifier Robin Anderson (UCLA), now into the Top 400. In qualies, Sabrina Santamaria (USC) garnered two wins (3 points) while Sophie Chang got one (1 point).
Redding $25K: Chang joined Amy Zhu and Maegan Manasse (California) in qualifying for the main draw at this Northern California tournament (that I had the pleasure of attending and writing about). Manasse then won a round (good for 5 points), as did wild card Jones. Nicole Frenkel and rankings newbie Ena Shibahara (WC) each got a point for playing first round matches.
Others: Nicole Coopersmith and Raveena Kingsley both moved up when others ahead of them had points fall off.
Cary & Columbus Challengers: Dennis Novikov (UCLA) was the megastar champion of these two non-USTA challengers that garnered him 160 points and vaulted him 40 spots into the Top 150. He still has several runs from Futures late last year that he'll be defending points from, but now he'll have some seeds in challengers, and just a few more wins should keep him in good stead going into 2016, giving him a foundation for a push to the Top 100.
Kevin King (Georgia Tech) had a run to the quarters in Cary, while Sekou Bangoura (Florida) got to the quarters in Columbus.
Nanchang Challenger: Alexander Sarkissian (Pepperdine) reached the quarters!
USA F26/Claremont: 19-year-old Deiton Baughman won his 3rd Futures title and is now in the Top 400. Gonzalez Austin (Vanderbilt) and Tom Fawcett (Stanford) picked up a couple of points by making the quarterfinals. Hunter Nicholas (San Diego State) also had a win.
CAN F9 & F10: Nathan Pasha (Georgia) reached the semis of the first of 2 Toronto tournaments, while Wil Spencer (Georgia) and Bangoura both reached the quarters. Jared Hiltzik (Illinois) won a round in the second of the 2 Toronto tournaments.
ISR F11 & F12: Eric Johnson (USC) won a round at Kiriyat Gat and then reached the quarters in Meitar.
POL F4 & F5: Tim Kopinski (Illinois) qualified and won a round in the first of these two tournaments, and Konrad Zieba (Northwestern) qualified and got to the semis in the second.
EGY F30: Nicholas Reyes reached his first career quarterfinal.
Sock, Kudla, Tiafoe, Paul, and Bushamuka moved up thanks to others moving down.