Ranking Movers: Kerber Returns To No.1, Vesnina Reaches Career High
Published March 20, 2017 12:13
Angelique Kerber reclaimed her spot at the top of the WTA rankings after Serena Williams withdrew from the BNP Paribas Open with newly crowned champion Elena Vesnina reaching a career-high 13th following her epic comeback against compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Vesnina's remarkable victory means she climbs two places in the rankings whilst the vanquished Kuznetsova also rises a place to 7th, leapfrogging Agnieszka Radwanska who falls two places.
Vesnina's ranking slipped outside the Top 100 last year and she lost in the first round of qualifying to Julia Boserup. But she puts her latest resurgence down to believing in herself and persevering with her game.
"I think that my example is the good kind of self-belief, like, good kind of vibe for all players. All other girls on the tour who think, 'Oh, my God, this is the end of the world, end of my career, I lost first round of qualies, what can be worse than that?' You can regroup and get back."
Despite Serena's absence, sister Venus's run to the quarterfinals means that she too moves up the rankings, climbing a place and remaining just above Vesnina, who ended her BNP Paribas Open.
Kerber was always going to replace Williams at the top of the rankings regardless of her performance in Indian Wells, the German falling to eventual champion Vesnina in the fourth round.
Here are more of the biggest ranking movers:
Daria Kasatkina -7 (No. 35 to 42): Kasatkina was expected to make big strides after an encouraging start to the year but a couple of earlier-than-expected exits means she loses ground.
Magda Linette +7 (No. 80 to 73): The Pole's run to the semifinals of the Alya Malaysian Open gains her a rise of seven places in the standings.
Kateryna Bondarenko - 19 (No. 75 to 94): A big fall from the Ukrainian who has seen her ranking take another pummelling after a R128 loss to Quiang Wang in Indian Wells; this coming after a third-round loss to Caroline Wozniacki in Dubai.