TOP 200 stats
In red, girls who are under 20
WICKMAYER Yanina –Belgium -20 y.o –former best ranking:18 –NEW:16
REZAI Aravane –France -22 y.o –former best ranking:36 –NEW:26
MARTINEZ SANCHEZ Maria Jose –Spain -27 y.o –former best ranking:30 –NEW:27
DULGHERU Alexandra –Romania -20 y.o –former best ranking:52 –NEW:51
O’BRIEN Katie –GBR -23 y.o –former best ranking:90–NEW:88
CHANG Kai Chen –Taipei -18 y.o –former best ranking:101 –NEW:92
ZAHLAVOVA Sandra –Czech Republic -24 y.o –former best ranking:105 –NEW:104
KULIKOVA Regina –Russia -20 y.o –former best ranking:137 –NEW:128
FERGUSON Sophie –Australia -23 y.o –former best ranking:142 –NEW:141
CHALOVA Elena –Russia -22 y.o –former best ranking:156 –NEW:151
JOVANOVSKI Bojana -Serbia -17 y.o –former best ranking:196 –NEW:189
3 years ago, Aravane reveals on the Tour with her powerful groundstrokes from both sides. The issue with that kind of game is to avoid too many unforced errors. However, Aravane performed her ever best year. She enjoyed her 1rst WTA Title in May at Strasbourg $220K and reached the 4th rd at Roland Garros. The happy end is her biggest title at Bali $600K. This new tournament is the small replica of the Year Ending Championships. Aravane won all the matches with victories over talented girls such as n°25 Lisicki. She may have felt a little bit frustrated in final as her opponent n°12 compatriot Bartoli was forced to withdraw after the 1rst set.
Kai Chen CHANG:
Breakthrough year for that young new talent. Finishing 2008 at n°238, she’s now n°92. She’s breaking the Top 100 for the 1rst time after reaching the SF at Taipei $100K challenger falling to Top seed/n°68 Morita. Her most impressive performance this year is a a 2nd rd as a qualifier at the US Open.
FASTER MOVEMENTS IN THE TOP 10, 20, 50, 100, 150 and 200:
Yanina WICKMAYER n°16 (+2):
I’m not sure that Yanina will celebrate her new career high at n°16. As everyone knows, she’ll be forbidden to play for 1 year. I’m sure that Yanina is feeling really bad these days.
We all know that it’s hard to come back after a long break (Karatancheva for instance).
Aravane REZAI n°26 (+18):
Yung-jan CHAN n°94 (+21):
She’s only 20, but has already a long experience on the Tour. She broke the Top 50 before 18 y.o. But as often, it’s a huge pressure under girls belts to keep rising and confirm. Since june, she’s been out of the Top 100. Competing on the Challenger Tour is a way to find back confidence and that what she did. Last week, she won Taipei $100K ousting Top seed/n°78 Morita.
Severine BELTRAME BREMOND n°150 (+16):
Hard time for Severine who suffered from injuries throughout the year. However, good week for her as she’s back in the Top 150. Last week she reached the SF at Nantes $50K ousting 3rd seed/n°91 Niculescu. She wasn’t able to confirm this encouraging victory as she fell to n°147 Voracova in SF.
Maret ANI n°166 (+21):
As Beltrame Bremond, Maret is far from her best. Like all the girls who are slumping, she’s back to Challengers. She’s up 21 spots this week after winning Istanbul $25K where she ousted 2nd seed/n°151 Voracova. Sadly, she didn’t confirm the week after losing to n°376 Barthel at Ismaning $50K.
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