Ranking Watch: Glorious Week For Germany
Published April 25, 2011 05:03
The new rankings revealed some great news for a couple of Germans who had strong showings at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix last week, with both rising to new career-highs and making this the first week two Germans are in the Top 30 since Steffi Graf retired in August 1999.
Andrea Petkovic established a then-career-high of No.19 three weeks ago in becoming the first German in the Top 20 since Anna-Lena Groenefeld in February 2007. Now, she is up to No.15 after a quarterfinal showing in Stuttgart. That's an impressive ascension for a player who was ranked No.50 exactly a year ago. If she is able to rise five more spots, she would be the first German in the Top 10 since Anke Huber was No.10 in October 2000. Fellow German Julia Goerges, who established a career-high of No.32 just last week, went up five more spots to No.27 after her surprising run to the title in Stuttgart.
The Top 100's biggest climber was Fès titlist Alberta Brianti, who went from No.94 to No.67 to match her career-high, which she originally set in September 2009. Her victim in the final, Simona Halep, jumped from No.65 to a career-high of No.52. The 19-year-old Romanian passed Bojana Jovanovski as the second-highest-ranked teen in the world and could be the highest-ranked when No.21 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova turns 20 on July 3.
The only movement in the Top 10 was Samantha Stosur and Li Na switching places, with the Australian going from No.7 to No.6. Also of note, Venus Williams, who has been kept out of action since the Australian Open with a right hip injury, dropped to No.16 and out of the Top 15 for the first time since August 2007.