Ranking Watch: Shahar, Kimiko Climb
Published September 28, 2009 12:00
The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour stopped off in Seoul, South Korea and Tashkent, Uzbekistan last week and as a result some familiar faces - the champions from those events - bounced back up the rankings on Monday, September 28.
Shahar Peer, a former world No.15, had fallen out of the Top 50 this past April and fell as low as No.68 for one week in August. A two title streak in the last two weeks has seen her surge back into the elite though, going from No.57 to No.46 after winning Guangzhou two weeks ago and from No.46 to No.34 after winning Tashkent last week. The Israeli was ranked inside the Top 20 for over 18 months from November 2006 and June 2008, peaking at No.15 for five weeks.
Since coming out of a 12-year retirement last spring, Kimiko Date Krumm's highest ranking had been No.122, achieved for two weeks in April of this year. But a stunning title run in Seoul this past week resulted in her breaking back into the Top 100, surging from No.155 right to the cusp of the elite, No.100. It is her first Top 100 rank since the No.8 she went into retirement on in 1996.
Two Brits cracked the Top 100 for the very first time, after they both made an ITF Women's Circuit final in Shrewsbury, Great Britain. Elena Baltacha, who won the event, went from No.101 to No.93; Katie O'Brien, the runner-up, rose from No.103 to No.98. Anne Keothavong is still Britain's No.1 female, sitting at No.77 - but she ended her 2009 season in July due to injury.