Ranking Watch: Julia Jumps
Published July 26, 2010 12:00
A couple of players establishing new career-highs and one making a big jump as she recaptures her old form were among the ranking newsmakers this week.
After capturing her first career Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title in Bad Gastein, Julia Goerges made her Top 50 debut, going from No.65 to No.42. Goerges, who is the second highest ranked German behind No.38 Andrea Petkovic, cracked the Top 100 for the first time in May 2008 and achieved her then career-high of No.64 in February 2010, but got no closer to the Top 50 until Monday.
The most points Goerges collected from this point on in 2009 was from her semifinal showing in Québec City, so if she can do as well or better at a couple of the upcoming summer hardcourt events, she should be able to maintain or improve her ranking. Meanwhile, Timea Bacsinszky - Goerges' victim in the Bad Gastein final - rose from No.52 to No.39, approaching her career-high of No.37, which she achieved on June 7 of this year.
Portoroz runner-up Johanna Larsson went from No.84 to a career-high of No.66 and within striking distance of Sofia Arvidsson, who is the top-ranked Swede at No.62. Larsson had been shooting up the rankings even before this week, reaching her then career-high of No.84 and entering the Top 100 for the first time on June 14.
Larsson's conqueror in the Portoroz final, Anna Chakvetadze, has been on a rankings rollercoaster ride in recent years. She achieved her career-high of No.5 in September 2007, had her lowest ranking in almost six years when she fell to No.118 on June 18 of this year and this week ascended from No.103 to No.74, her highest ranking since March of this year.
No.14 Marion Bartoli and No.52 Vera Dushevina are defending champs at this week's events in Stanford and Istanbul, respectively. Both are back to defend their titles and will need strong performances to maintain their rankings.