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Stats Corner... Biggest Top 10 Breakthroughs

Has anyone ever gone from outside the Top 20 to make their Top 10 debut like Sara Errani?

Published June 15, 2012 12:00

Stats Corner... Biggest Top 10 Breakthroughs
Sara Errani

PARIS, France - A lot of history was written at the French Open this year, but there was one more that came after the tournament: after making her first Grand Slam final, Sara Errani rocketed from No.24 to No.10 - the only player in WTA Rankings history to make their Top 10 debut from outside the Top 20.

Only two players have ever made double digit jumps into the Top 10, and they were both Italian. Below is a list of the biggest jumps ever into the Top 10.

14 spots
Sara Errani: No.24 to No.10 (2012)

11 spots
Francesca Schiavone: No.17 to No.6 (2010)

8 spots
Petra Kvitova: No.18 to No.10 (2011)
Ana Ivanovic: No.16 to No.8 (2007)
Betty Stove: No.18 to No.10 (1976)

7 spots
Li Na: No.17 to No.10 (2010)
Maria Sharapova: No.15 to No.8 (2004)
Justine Henin: No.16 to No.9 (2001)
Kim Clijsters: No.14 to No.7 (2001)
Natasha Zvereva: No.15 to No.8 (1988)
Kristien Shaw-Kemmer: No.17 to No.10 (1977)

6 spots
Sandrine Testud: No.15 to No.9 (2000)
Amélie Mauresmo: No.16 to No.10 (1999)

5 spots
Vera Zvonareva: No.14 to No.9 (2004)
Paola Suárez: No.14 to No.9 (2004)
Barbara Schett: No.12 to No.7 (1999)
Chanda Rubin: No.15 to No.10 (1996)
Mary Pierce: No.12 to No.7 (1994)
Jo Durie: No.13 to No.8 (1983)
Dianne Balestrat: No.15 to No.10 (1976)

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