In Women’s Tennis, Angelique Kerber has moved up to #4 on the WTA tour after her dominant win over Serena Williams at Wimbledon.  It was 2nd tournament win of 2018 and 12th of her career.  Kerber had earned the #1 ranking after winning the Australian Open and the US Open in 2016, but had fallen out of the top twenty by the end of 2017, making 2018 a comeback year for her.

Petra Kvitova currently ranks #8 of the tour.  She has 5 tournament wins to her credit in 2018 and 25 wins for her career, including winning Wimbledon in 2011 and again in 2014.  She has ranked as high as #2 during parts of 2011, 2012, and  2015, but had fallen from the top ten while recovering from stab wounds suffered during a robbery attempt at the end of the 2016 season.

After Kerber and Kvitova, the next highest ranked player is Mihaela Buzarnescu at #24.  Others in the top 100 include Ekaterina Makarova at #56, Taylor Townsend at #66, Bernarda Pera at #71, Marketa Vondrousova at #72, and Kristyna Pliskova at #100. 

The 2018 Tennis Season has seen a continued resurgence in the career of Rafael Nadal, one of the greatest lefthanders, and greatest tennis players (righthanded or lefthanded) of all time. 

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Nadal recently finished as runner-up at Wimbledon after a tremendous semi-final match against long-time rival, Roger Federer.  He holds the #1 ranking on the ATP tour for 2018, has four tour victories so far this season and has ranked either 1st or 2nd since June of 2017.  For his career, Nadal has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles including the French Open eleven times, the US Open three times, Wimbledon twice, and the Australian Open once.  He has won a total of 79 ATP Tour events during his career.

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Nadal achieved the #2 ranking in July 2005 and held that spot until he moved up to #1 in August 2008.  He held the #1 ranking until July 2009, again from June 2010 to June 2011, and again from October 2013 to June 2014.  He remained in the top five for the times in between, but then injuries took their toll in 2015 and he fell as far as #10.  Good health has fueled his return to the top of the game, and at age 32 there could be many more good years, and great performances to come.

The next highest ranked men’s player is Fernando Verdasco at #28,  Others in the top 100 include  Denis Shapovalov at #31, Adrian Mannarino. at #33, Albert Ramos-Vinolas at #50, Martin Klizan at #51, Maximilian Marterer at #57, Guido Pella at #67, Mischa Zverev at #69, Feliciano Lopez at #71, Cameron Norrie at #78,  Jiri Vesely at #90, Federico Delbonis at #91, Bradley Klahn at #93, and Yoshihito Nishioka at #95.