Ranking Watch: Another High For Barbora
Published July 19, 2010 12:00
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova was a big mover on the new rankings following her best career Sony Ericsson WTA Tour result, a runner-up showing in Prague.
Zahlavova Strycova was ranked No.127 this week last year, but thanks to capturing two ITF Women's Circuit events in her last two tournaments of 2009, got up to No.66 by the end of the year. She bounced around the 60s and 70s until July 5 of this year when she reached a then career-high of No.54 after a third round showing at Wimbledon and then last week another career-high of No.52 after a quarterfinal showing at Bastad. The Czech's run in Prague then vaulted her to No.39, her first venture into the Top 50 and Top 40. The most points she collected from this point on last year was from a second round appearance at the US Open, therefore she is not defending a lot of points and has a good chance to continue to ascend.
As for Zahlavova Strycova's conqueror in the Prague final, Agnes Szavay went from No.49 to No.38 and back into the Top 40 for the first time since May. The Hungarian, who also captured a title the previous week in Budapest, still has a ways to go to get back to her career-high of No.13, but does not have many points to defend the rest of the year either, as from this point on in 2009 she did not go beyond the round of 16 in any event.
Ksenia Pervak, who fell to Zahlavova Strycova in the second round in Prague, went from No.103 to No.99, her career Top 100 debut. That means 15 Russians are now in the Top 100. The countries with the next most are Italy and the Czech Republic with seven each and then the United States with six and Germany with five.
After also making a move was Kaia Kanepi, who after winning her first career Tour title in Palermo, reached her highest ranking since September 2009, going from No.38 to No.36. She achieved her career-high of No.18 in May 2009, becoming the first Estonian to ever crack the Top 20.