Times are changin' - the WTA Rankings has welcomed its first 2000-born players in both singles and doubles, and a recent WTA retiree's daughter is on the verge of the Top 500.
WTA Staff

For anybody out there who felt old watching 1999-born CiCi Bellis upset Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova at last year's US Open, you might not want to read the rest of this article.

The WTA Rankings have officially welcomed the first players born in the year 2000.

The first 2000-born player to appear on the WTA Rankings did so in doubles the week of February 9 five weeks ago, as Destanee Aiava debuted at No.952 in the team discipline after playing her first few ITF Women's Circuit tournaments in her native Australia, straight after the Australian Open.

Here's a little bit about Aiava and an unforgettable exhibition with a WTA legend...

This week the first 2000-born player crashed the WTA Rankings in singles, as Claire Liu debuted at No.1221. The American has played her first three ITF Women's Circuit events over the last five months, and though she's 0-3 in the main draws, she's 5-0 in qualifying matches in those events.

Here's Liu playing at last year's Easter Bowl, which was held at Indian Wells...

And she may not be from the 2000s, but there's a player from a new generation - literally - making her way up the WTA Rankings too. Ana Paula Neffa de los Ríos, the daughter of recent retiree Rossana de los Ríos, is currently on the verge of breaking the Top 500 for the first time - she's No.506.

Rossana de los Ríos' claim to fame was becoming the first Paraguayan woman to reach the second week of a Grand Slam, achieving the feat at the French Open in 2000. She was also a two-time semifinalist at WTA events, at Bahia and Pattaya City in 2001, and made it as high as No.51.