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Till the end of 2018 some players will be fighting to be ranked by the virtued of earning point from torunaments above 15k level. The calendar in upcoming months won't provide many opportunities aside from WTA125k Tour, only one 25k per week on average will be available, most of them in India. There might be interesting fields, on the other hand 15k ones, no good for WTA ranking in 2019 seem to be thinning.

From Czech perspective whole current (czech) top 21 has their WTA ranking secured, although some will drop some points from 15k level, most affected will be 15k Antalya "residents" Pantůčková sisters. Outside of current WTA top 500, players are in different situations.

Players having 2019 WTA ranking by earning 10+ points in one event of required level

Johana Marková (25k Leipzig QF)
Renata Voráčová (100k Southsea QF)
Andrea Sestini Hlaváčková (Eastbourne R64)
Lucie Hradecká (80k Olomouc R16)

Players having 2019 WTA ranking by earning points in three different events of required level

Petra Krejsová (Stuttgart, Prague, 80k Olomouc)

Players not having 2019 WTA ranking securing yet (events counted towards ranking) - current attempt
players outside of top 1000 at teh time of this post or without any non 15k points are not listed

Michaela Bayerlová (25k Torino R16, 25k Charlestom R16) - 25k Lawrence (qualified, succeeded)
Kateřina Vaňková (80k Prague Q2)
Diana Šumová (25k Baja R32)
Gabriela Horáčková (25 Bad Saulgau R32, 25k Seville R32) - 25k Shewsbury (needed to qualify, failed)
Anna Šišková (25k Lagos R32, 60k Saguenay Q2) - 60k Colina (lost in qualifying round, succeeded)
Barbora Miklová (100k Trnava Q2)
Karolína Beránková (Prague Q1, 80K Olomouc Q2)
Nikola Tomanová (80k Olomouc Q2)
Pernilla Mendesová (80k Olomouc Q2)
Dagmar Dudláková (80k Olomouc Q2, 25k Warszaw R32)
 

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The situations clearly highlights undesirable consequences of players being awarded point for losing in first round of higher level events (getting in through wild card favoritism included) as thsoe palyers will take precedence in direct accepatance into tournaments over players with no WTA ranking yet, current 15k players and upcoming young talent, effectively creating a bit of a bottle neck and delay. The new system is good for juniors with places reserved to them in W15. The players over 18 and not yet regular at 25k (of coming back, not playing enough - injuries, economic cost to travel) will take hit. College players included, which is Bayerlová's case, as they have limit on how much they can earn to keep their amateur status for academic reasons.

I haven't paid much attention to changes for doubles entries, but it is interesting Voráčová is playing more singles recently.
 

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Horáčková lost, no points earned next week. Bayerlová yet to play later today (she is also second seed in qualies).
 

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Bayerlová qualified, her third 25k this year and thus she will keep a WTA ranking for 2019. :)

That makes 28 Czechs (so far) to have WTA ranking and not just ITF one at the start of 2019.
 

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Younger Pantůčková is playing yet another 15k Antalya this week (as a top seed). Both sisters are likely to be highest ITF ranked Czechs while their WTA ranks will take a bit hit due to them spending a lot of time in Antalya or playing other 15k tournaments.

Magda tried higher level tournaments in July and August, up to 100k, which is how she secured her 2019 WTA ranking. She is projected to fall out of top 700, keeping just 13 WTA points, so maybe it makes sense for her to play/vulture more 15k tournaments (her "resident" Antalya in her case) with weaker fields to boost her upcoming ITF ranking even more to reach a situation where she would be able to play W25 of her choice through one of the ITF ranking reserved spots. It would be an improvement from 2018, when she got in tornaments above 15k through wild cards or had to play qualies. She is on entry list for Antalya next week as well.

Gabriela is in similar situation, having just 4 WTA points for the next yeat and on path to have even better ITF ranking by winning 4 15k titles in 2018. She even had to go through qualies in Antalya once in March and is yet to win a main draw 25k match this year. So I am not sure what her plans for 2019 will be, she might be in a strange position of being able to make W25 cuts with ease due to ITF ranking and being among the last ones in in W15 due to low WTA rank. Then again playing W15 might be suitable money and cost to travel wise but she can't improve her WTa rank there and adding to her ITF points won't change much for her. So strictly ranking wise, it might be better to collect points if just for first round losses on W25 level and improving WTA rank this way.

ITF ranking points breakdown (14 results counted)

Magdalena Pantůčková - 508 points, (W, 5*F, 2*SF, 3*QF, 3*R16) 14 results counted
Gabriela Pantůčková - 544 points (4*W, F, SF, 4*QF, R16 + Q) 11 results counted
 

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Best ITF ranked Czech at end of 2018 (not counting any 2017 results that are counted in current shadow rankings). Showing Fernanda Brito as expected ITF No.1 for comparison.

ITF ranking points breakdown (14 results counted)

(current WTA rank 294) Fernanda Brito - 888 points (8*W, F, 2*QF, R16) 12 results counted

(460)Gabriela Pantůčková - 544 (4*W, F, SF, 4*QF, R16 + Q) 11
(430)Magdalena Pantůčková - 508 (W, 5*F, 2*SF, 3*QF, 3*R16) 14 (actually has one more non-countable R16 result)
(417)Anastasia Detiuc - 278 (2*W, F, QF, R16 + Q) 5
(597)Michaela Bayerlová - 244 (W, 2* F, 2*QF) 5
(327)Monika Kilnarová - 206 (W, F, SF, QF, R16) 5

Those are top Czechs atm, somebody can still get ahead of them by earning point in tournhaments in the rest of the 2018 ofc. Pantůčková suisters situation was summarisied in previous post.

Detiuc, representing Czech Republic since this year, broke through in February and March on 15k level and has not played on that level since, with the exception of ocassional czech tournaments. She has significantly less converted ITF points than the previous two and she will lose vast majority of them till early March, but she is also going to keep more WTA points (49 from 12 results as of now) so she is not going to rely on ITF points to get into W25 events, unlike Pantůčkovás (Magdalena keeps 13 WTA points and Gabriela just 4).

Bayerlová, a college player for Washington State, has limited schedule due to both college competitions and amateur status eligibility. She is this in a situation like no other czech player. She just secured her WTA ranking for the next year this week by qualifying into a mina draw of a 25k. She is sitting on 12 WTA points that will stay true. So after all not much might change for her in the new system, but still interesting case to observe. Other college players might be more affected with some not keeping their WTA rankings, there is just no czech one in relevant rank range.

Kilnarová played 15k tournaments only in spring and made another step this year leaving those behind, established herself on 25k level, including 25k+H title in June, so now she has got into 60k level as a direct acceptance since that result. Her WTA rank will be almost unaffected (losing 25 points, effectively 21), she is an example of another group of players starting at roughly rank 250, that have some of their points earned through old 15k level and the conversion migh bump them one way or another in the ranking in comparison to their rank peers and how much they are losing, but otherwise they are unaffected as they don't need ITF points for anything and have ranking to enter torunaments they would without changes anyway.

The only change for them is that playing local w15 will now be only about money, with no advantages ranking wise, so unless they have club ties to the event or there is nothing else to play in winter months, they should not show up in them anymore. That being said there are two czech 15k tournaments yet to be played in 2018, Milovice and Jablonec in early December, so it might be interesting to see what kind of fields they'll attract.

One of the group of player mentioned in Kilnarová part is Kolodziejová (current rank 262), former Vondroušová's double partner, who is showing up high on ITF ladder in the shadow rankings, but that is because her series of late 2017 15k titles (including the aforementioned Milovice and Jablonec) and those results will be gone at the date of conversion. For the purpose of this thread the 15k tournaments she played in the very first weeks of 2018 and one in March will give her this amount of ITF points at the start of 2019:

(262) Miriam Kolodziejová - 102 (F, SF, QF) 3

Then you have players that are trying to get a third above 15k result (or a breakthrough result in the process) to secure a WTA rank, as the ITF points won't help them much on levels that have no reserved places in the draw for best 5 ITF ranked, that is everywhere else than W25 and even on W25 unless they have got into multiple 15k finals, their ITF points are unlikely to help them either way, especially in weeks that are poor on ITF level (there have been weeks in 2018 where the alternative to WTA events was just one 25k (besides few 15k) adn that didn't happen n winter months when we coudl argue it is kind of an offseason or season haven't started properly yet. No wonder if the 25k was european easy to travel event, some overranked players would play down there, altering the usual field strenght of that level). Some of those players are not ready and would not play above 15k in the first place and are now just pressured to do so by the changes - first now by trying to get a WTA ranking for entering torurnaments and since 2019 it will be harder on purpose to tread water in W15.

As evidenced in the first post of this thread, the location of the events on a given week can prove to be crucial as willingness or means to travel might be a decisive factor (disclaimer: I have no info about particular players situation in that regard). Just this week, 3 Czech palyers tried to secure a WTA rank. Already mentioned Bayerlová, a college player played on american soil, but Šišková travelled to Chile to play in qualification in a weak field for the level and suceeded in earning not 1 but 3 points (with a bye helping her) while Horáčková kept playing in Europe and failed to qualify to 25k main draw for 1 point.

(755) Gabriela Horáčková - 116 (W., 4*R16) 5

plays almost exclusively 25k or higher qualifications since half of July, this week Shewsbury was her 10th such tournament (al in Europe). Managed to get into 25k main draws 3 times but once as lucky loser so that brought her no points. She thus has 3 non-15k points from 2 events (Bad Saulgau was 25k+H) and got under 50% winrate by trying to add a third. She is 27yrs old I suspect she fits the bill of most affected players the upcoming changes are supposed to phase out. Some younger exjuniors players are liekly to suffer the same fate though, which sucks for late bloomers.

(778) Anna Šišková - 104 (2*SF, 2*QF, 3*R16 +4*Q) 9

is on the other hand still of junior age, 17yrs old and managed to get her 3 resuklts needed for new WTA ranking within a month in 4 events (with one 25k qualification played before in August). Smart scheduling, got two of her results in Nigeria and Chile, the other one in Canada. She also has no younger Czech ranked higher than her and she is second (after Kilnarová) highest ranked player younger than Vondroušová. Good news, she got her rank, she should get on a new career high with the 3 points from Saguenay.

Highest ranked players withotu a 2019 WTA rank include

(706)Kateřina Vaňková - 142 (3*SF, 3*QF, 3*R16 + 2*Q) 10
(725)Diana Šumová - 114 (F, SF, 2*QF) 4

some others just starterd to have succes on 15k level and even reaching career highs, maybe partially because of current offseason schedule and other players have other prioririties than playing 15k right now (see above). I would not list them as there will be a lot of players getting some ITF points for 2019.

And another kind of players should be mentioned as well. Thos are players that regressed or were injured and their rank fell but they still got into high level tournaments during 2018, either still by their rank, by protective ranking and by being recognized and getting wild cards and that includes doubles players. As those tournaments award a point or more even for first round losses those players could get themselves a 2019 WTA ranking easily regardless of their current level of play, which is I am not criticizing it depends on the particular case. Lucie Hradecká (740) is going to keep all her 24 points, coming back from an injury as primarily a double player (according to coric.top she has 18,2% win rate though), similar case is Petra Krejsová (793) who had a breakthrough season last year and peaked at rank 221 but regressed since having below 30% winrate (she will keep 14 of her 18 points, dropping one 15k SF points). Both have first round loss results up to WTA tour level or in case of Hradecká even GS qualification. As evidenced in first post of this thread Hradecká has 10+ points result so she secured her rank on her own, Krejsová less so, she doesn't have just first round losses either but not having to scramble for a third result to secure a WTA ranking for 2019 certainly helps. Just being ranked high enough to get directly into 25k MD is enough for anyone. The intersting part Krejsová and players like her will get ahead of many players ranked above them after the conversion. Krejsová currently have 4 Czech players (atm) without a 2019 WTA rank ranked above her for example and that just one nation outlook.

Tomorrow, there is entry deadline for 25k tournament in indian Pune and Indian 25k torunaments will be the last above 15k torunaments in this year (aside from one 100k+H in Dubai) and thus last chances for some players to keep their wta rank status and avoid being lepfrogged by wta ranked palyer in acceptance list for the next year. Might get interesting and nervewrecking fo some.
 

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Players having 2019 WTA ranking by earning 10+ points in one event of required level

(559)Johana Marková (25k Leipzig QF)
(560)Renata Voráčová (100k Southsea QF)
(720)Andrea Sestini Hlaváčková (Eastbourne R64)
(739)Lucie Hradecká (80k Olomouc R16)

Players having 2019 WTA ranking by earning points in three different events of required level

(603)Michaela Bayerlová (25k Torino R16, 25k Charlestom R16, 25k Lawrence R32)
(746)Anna Šišková (25k Lagos R32, 60k Saguenay Q2, 60k Colina Q3)
(802)Petra Krejsová (Stuttgart, Prague, 80k Olomouc)

Players not having 2019 WTA ranking securing yet (events counted towards ranking) - current attempt
players outside of top 1000 at teh time of this post or without any non 15k points are not listed

(710)Kateřina Vaňková (80k Prague Q2)
(723)Diana Šumová (25k Baja R32)
(743)Nikola Tomanová (80k Olomouc Q2)
(771)Gabriela Horáčková (25 Bad Saulgau R32, 25k Seville R32)
(815)Barbora Miklová (100k Trnava Q2)
(866)Karolína Beránková (Prague Q1, 80K Olomouc Q2)
(985)Pernilla Mendesová (80k Olomouc Q2)
(990)Dagmar Dudláková (80k Olomouc Q2, 25k Warszaw R32)
 

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As there entry lists for first W25 and W15 tournaments of 2019, it's time to bump this thread.

There is (shadow as of now) ITF ranking on ITF site: http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/rankings/rankings-list/players.aspx?Nation=CZE&From=0&To=-1&Name=&MatchCode=S&Gender=F
with summaries of points awarded in tabs of respective player profile pages.

The first week of 2019 Kolodziejová is in among the 5 ITF reserved places of W25 Playford, Zarycká is projected to be seeded in qualies as of now. In W25 Hong Kong, Štefková is in main draw as direct acceptance and Kilnarová is projected to be seeded in qualies as of now. All other Czechs were nowhere close to get in and withdrew except Dudláková, who is still on the list with no resonable hope to get in except a surprising wild card. Let's how it will look with more events per week later in the season, so far a lot of players with decent WTA ranking is getting in via ITF ranking places anyway.
 

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The Update happened. Now there is only 28 czech WTA players.

Biggest drop in rank other than those that lost their WTA rank completely is Gabriela Pantůčková dropping 363 places to 826th place, followed by her sister Magdalena (275 places to 708th) and Michaela Bayerlová (117 places to 717th).

Biggest gainers are Hlaváčková and Hradecká with 133 places gained, Krejsová with 97 and Voráčová with 68 - notably mostly double players with few singles tournaments played. Hradecká will rise more with the points from Brisbane qualies next update.

See yourself:
http://www.wtatennis.com/rankings
 
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