Players with Room to Rise through US Open
I was looking at Schiavone's activity from last season, and I noticed she only has around 1000 points to defend until after the US Open. Shocking though it may be, she has a good chance to IMPROVE her ranking.
It got me wondering, who else at career-high rankings has room to rise in the rankings through the US Open?
Schiavone (~1000 points to defend), meaning she's striking-distance from the top 5 (top 4 as well, which matters for slam seeding)
Stosur (~1050 points to defend), meaning she's ALSO striking-distance from those spots in the ranking
Peer (~530 points to defend), meaning she's got a good shot at reaching the outer-reaches of the top 10 with a solid showing during the US Open series
Rezai (under 200 points to defend)
I'd appreciate a few player-specific fans filling us in on the players in the 30-50 range, like Dulgheru, Shvedova, Govortsova, etc. There are quite a few players who could conceivably reach the seeding cutoff for the US Open with solid showings in the next two months. For rankings geeks, the current 32nd seed threshold is roughly 1750 points, and there are almost 20 players within 500 points of that mark. The US Open series has a lot at stake for the the 24-50 ranked crowd.