2021 overview: the biggest gainers in the women's WPT rankings

A look back at how the women's World Padel Tour rankings chopped and changed over the course of 2021 and what players gained the most places.

2021 overview: the biggest gainers in the women's WPT rankings

2021 was another epic year in the women's WPT rankings, with one number one retaining her crown while a former number one returned to the very top.

After a total of 24 events, including Opens, Masters, Challengers and the Estrella Damm Master Final, the rankings inevitably went under a big number of changes.

Here are some of the most notable gainers of the women's World Padel Tour Circuit!

Dominant new partnership

At the top of the mountain, Alejandra Salazar and Gemma Triay had a dominant year in what was just their first campaign together.

With eight tournament wins from ten finals, the Spanish tandem was unquestionably the strongest couple of 2021 with 12.755 points each.

For Triay, it was her second year running as number one, winning it alongside Lucía Sainz in 2020. Salazar had been number one back in 2016 partnered with Marta Marrero.

Nou doubt the break-out pairing of the 2021 campaign were Delfi Brea and Tamara Icardo. Both players had never won an Open or Master before 2021, Icardo never even making a semi-final.

Brea rose nine places in 2021, finishing fifth in the rankings. Icardo, who finished sixth with slightly fewer points as she missed the Master Final through injury, gained 17 places, the most of all top ten players.

The young pair won two events, including Icardo's home tournament in Valencia, and is a pair to look out for in 2022 at the top of the rankings.

Another notable gainer in the top ten is Virginia Riera, who went up ten spots to finish seventh. In Vigo, she became the first Argentinian to win a women's tournament in seven years.

Biggest women's WPT rankings gainers

In the top 20, Jessica Castelló and Alix Collombon stand out, gaining 14 and 11 places respectively. Collombon became the first French player to win a tournament, going all the way at the Tau Cerámica Alfafar Challenger 2021. She is also the first French player in the top 20.

READ: 2021, a historic year for international World Padel Tour players

Looking down at the Top 50, there are two explosive growths who stand out. 16-year-old Claudia Jensen, who is already 32nd in the rankings, rose a whopping 41 places.

17-year-old Noa Cánovas rose 59 places, now finding herself 39th in the women's WPT rankings.

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