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Ranking Watch: Jelena Joins Top 3 Again

Jelena Jankovic has cracked the Top 3 for the first time in more than a year. Sam Stosur ascended the rankings as well.

Published June 21, 2010 12:00

Ranking Watch: Jelena Joins Top 3 Again
Jelena Jankovic

There was some shuffling with the Top 10 on the new rankings led by a former No.1 making a move up.

Jelena Jankovic, despite not playing a grass court event prior to Wimbledon, went from No.4 to No.3, switching places with Caroline Wozniacki after the Dane was unable to defend her title at Eastbourne last week. The Serb has earned the spot, though, for her year has included a title at Indian Wells, runner-up showing in Rome and semifinal appearance at Roland Garros. This is her highest ranking since she was also No.3 in March 2009, and she has a good chance to maintain that position, as she is not defending many points at the All-England Club, having only reached the third round there last year, while Wozniacki made it to the fourth round.

Sam Stosur's remarkable rankings climb continued, as she went from No.7 to a career-high of No.6 following her semifinal showing in Eastbourne. Ranked No.162 at the start of June 2008, she finished that year at No.52 and 2009 at No.13. Her title at Charleston and runner-up showing at Stuttgart and Roland Garros in 2010 have helped her to her current position. She also only made the third round at Wimbledon last year, so even more of a rise is possible.

Also establishing a career-high was Yaroslava Shvedova, who went from No.31 to No.29 after reaching the quarters in 's-Hertogenbosch two weeks after her run to the quarters at Roland Garros.

Meanwhile, Belgians Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters rose to the highest rankings of their respective comebacks, Henin going from No.18 to No.16 after capturing the title in 's-Hertogenbosch, and Clijsters from No.9 to No.8 after reaching the quarters in Eastbourne.

Making the biggest jump of the week within the Top 100 was Ekaterina Makarova, who surged from No.100 to No.67 after capturing her first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles title at Eastbourne. She still has a ways to go to establish a new career-best, though, as she got as high as No.35 in May 2009.

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