Ranking Watch: Dokic Rewarded
Published March 07, 2011 08:38
The three biggest jumps within the Top 200 on this week's rankings were achieved by three players who posted impressive results in Kuala Lumpur.
Jelena Dokic's first title since June 2002 (two months before she reached her career-high of No.4) lifted her from No.91 to No.61, her highest ranking since January 2010. A further ascension is a great possibility, as she did not win a main draw WTA match from this point in 2010 through the rest of the year, so does not have a lot of points to defend.
Climbing 23 spots was Kuala Lumpur quarterfinalist Anne Kremer, who in going from No.169 to No.146 cracked the Top 150 for the first time since August 2008. Semifinalist Michaella Krajicek moved up 22 places, from No.150 to No.128, her highest ranking since last June.
Fellow Kuala Lumpur semifinalist Jarmila Groth only moved up one spot, but it was a significant rise, in that she established a new career-high. Also, with Samantha Stosur at No.4 and Groth now at No.30, this is the first time two Australians are in the Top 30 at the same time since September 1989, when Anne Minter and Hana Mandlikova were both ranked that high. Dokic and Alicia Molik were in the Top 30 at the same time in 2004, but Dokic was representing Serbia and Montenegro then.
Jelena Jankovic and Caroline Wozniacki are the defending champion and runner-up, respectively, this fortnight at Indian Wells, so have lots of points to defend. In fact, the Dane's No.1 ranking is up for grabs, as if Kim Clijsters reaches the fourth round and Wozniacki goes no further than the second round, Clijsters would seize back the top spot that she relinquished in February. She also would get it back if she advances to the quarters or better and Wozniacki does not get just as far. Regardless, Wozniacki will pass Tracy Austin next week for 11th place for most weeks spent at No.1 when she holds the spot for the 22nd week in her career.