Ranking Watch: Spaniards Soar

María José Martínez Sánchez and Anabel Medina Garrigues ascended after picking up titles in Bad Gastein and Palermo, respectively.

Published July 18, 2011 08:35

Ranking Watch: Spaniards Soar
Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, Anabel Medina Garrigues

Last week's champion in Bad Gastein - María José Martínez Sánchez - and Palermo - Anabel Medina Garrigues - were rewarded on the new rankings, with Martínez Sánchez going from No.54 to No.39 and Medina Garrigues from No.39 to No.34.

Martínez Sánchez was all the way down to No.86 as recently as May but has made a steady climb since. Medina Garrigues is up to her highest ranking since April 2010. With both of the soon-to-be 29-year-old Spaniards on the rise, a comparison of their career ranking statistics is in order.

  Martínez Sánchez Medina Garrigues
Career-High Singles 19 (May 10, 2010) 16 (May 4, 2009)
Highest Year-End 27 (2009) 22 (2008)
Weeks In Top 20 1 19
Weeks In Top 50 107 349
Weeks As No.1 Spaniard 75 251
Career-High Doubles 4 (July 5, 2010) 3 (November 10, 2008)

Notes: Statistics are all for singles unless otherwise indicated ... Martínez Sánchez turned pro in 1996 while Medina Garrigues did so in 1998 ... Medina Garrigues' victory in Palermo made her the active clay court title leader with 10. It also made her the fourth active player to have won the same event at least five times ... Martínez Sánchez and Medina Garrigues are frequent doubles partners and have three titles together.

Others making ranking news were Palermo semifinalist Petra Cetkovska, Bad Gastein runner-up Patricia Mayr-Achleitner and Caroline Wozniacki. Cetkovska moved from No.62 to No.49 to match her career-high, which she first achieved in June 2008. Mayr-Achleitner jumped from No.109 to No.76, six spots shy of her career-high, which she reached in May 2009. Wozniacki passed Amélie Mauresmo for ninth place all-time in weeks spent at No.1 with her 40th week on top.

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