WTA Rising Star Madison Keys made a massive rise after her breakthrough Down Under, while another American is oh so close to getting back where she belongs...
WTA Staff

MELBOURNE, Australia - Every Grand Slam makes waves on the WTA Rankings that follow, and this one was no different - perhaps the biggest wave of all coming from one of the leading WTA Rising Stars, Madison Keys, whose semifinal run Down Under propelled her from No.35 all the way to No.20.

Keys had been in the Top 30 before, going as high as No.27 last year, but her first Grand Slam semi was by far the biggest result of her blossoming career, and it propelled her well past that and into the Top 20. She's the first player born in 1995 or later to break the Top 20 players in the world.

The critical moment came in the third round - having never been to the second week of any major, she pulled off the biggest win of her career over World No.4 Petra Kvitova and kept going from there.

"She can be Top 10," Kvitova said. "I felt that she improved her movement and gets more balls back than when I played her in Toyko a few years ago. She can be one of the top ones, for sure."

Keys has been working with new coach Lindsay Davenport since the off-season - it paid off, particularly in the Kvitova match, where Keys showed much more than just her raw, hard-hitting talent.

"We've been working on returns a lot," Keys said. "That was definitely an area where I was trying to get better. I knew Petra had such a great serve, so I was really trying to get every return into play, and I was able to do it. It was one of those nights I think I was just feeling it, and I didn't question it."

Keys wasn't the only American to make a massive leap up the rankings this week. Venus Williams, who reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal since 2010, went from No.18 to No.11, just one spot away from an elite she hasn't been in since 2011. EleVen is also the name of her clothing company.

There were a few notable moves within the Top 10 too, with Caroline Wozniacki sneaking up from No.8 to No.5, her first time in the Top 5 since March 2012, and Ekaterina Makarova setting a new career-high of No.9 after reaching her second straight Grand Slam semifinal (falling to Maria Sharapova).

Elsewhere, WTA Rising Star Caroline Garcia broke the Top 30 for the first time, inspired American Madison Brengle made her Top 50 debut and Denisa Allertova and Grace Min cracked the Top 100.

You can see just how special the Top 5 return is to Wozniacki courtesy of, well, Wozniacki: