April 2006 Update
WTA ranking as of April 3, 2006
AR/Name/AR evolution/WR evolution
1. Ai Sugiyama JPN (22)/--/+3
2. Sania Mirza IND (39)/--/+6
3. Jie Zheng CHN (45)/+3/+20
4. Na Li CHN (57)/+4/+13
5. Shuai Peng CHN (58)/-1/+2
6. Aiko Nakamura JPN (61)/+1/+5
7. Shinobu Asagoe JPN (63)/-5/-6
8. Akiko Morigami JPN (64)/-3/-7
9. Zi Yan CHN (74)/--/-3
10. Meng Yuan CHN (93)/+2//+18
11. Saori Obata JPN (105)/--/-2
12. Tian Tian Sun (106)/+2/+19
13. Yoon Jeong Cho KOR (89)/-3/-23
14. Su-Wei Hsieh TPE (129)/+1/+1
15. Ryoko Fuda JPN (143)/+3/+15
16. Rika Fujiwara JPN (148)/-3/-25
17. Tamarine Tanasugarn THA (154)/--/-1
18. Shiho Hisamatsu JPN (168)/+1/+2
19. Yung Jan Chan TPE (172) NEW ENTRY
20. Shikha Uberoi IND (149)/-4/-26
A lot of ranking movements this month for Asia!
Jie Zheng is up 3 spots in the national ranking and ack in the WR top 50 after a quater final in Miami. She ousted n°21 Nathalie Dechy and n°18 Anna Lena Groenefeld before falling to french star n°24 Tatiana Golovin. That was the 1rst time that Jie xas reaching the QF of a Tier 1 event. She's 4 spots from her ever best WR.
Li Na is up 4 places in the AR and 13 in the WR after a 4th round at Indian Wells where she ousted n°39 Iveta Benesova en route, loosing to n°8 Elena Dementieva. After that, she played at Miami reaching the 2nd round loosing to n°4 Maria Sharapova.
Shinobu is down 7 places in the AR with only 6 places loss in the WR. That shows how fierce the competition is between the asians!!
Akiko is also strugling with her tennis and down 3 places in the AR and 7 in the world with 1rst round straight loss in the USA (Indian Wells and Miami). She needs to find confidence with no victory since the beginning of the year!
Meng doubles the record: top 10 AR and top 100 WR breaking! That pretty unknown 19 y.o player starts to make noise: at Indian Wells, she reached the 3rd round as a qualifer with victory over n°64 Akiko Morigami and n°38 Catalina Castano before falling to n°21 Dinara Safina. In Miami, she once again qualified for the main draw, loosing in the 1rst round vs n°39 Marta Domachowska.
Good progression for Tian Tian who's up 2 spots in the AR and closed to be back in the world Top 100: she reached the 2nd round of the main draw at Miami loosing to n°26 Martina Hingis.
Cho is down 3 places in the AR and out of the world Top 100 with only one tournement played in Las Vegas $75K challenger where she lost to n°183 Casey Dellacqua after retiring.
Ryoko is up 3 places in the AR and equals her ever best world ranking. She competed on the US challenger tour. First in Orange $50K wherer she made it to the main draw 2nd round after qualifying (upsetting qualifying Top seed/n°127 Henrieta Nagyova before loosing to n°121 Yvonne Meusburger). Then in Redding $25K, she reached the SF falling to n°159 Anne Keothavong.
Rika is down 3 places in the AR and 25 in the world with very poor results at Indian Wells ans Miami.
16 y.o Yung Jan is the monthly revelation at n°18 in the AR. That young girl played on fire on the oceanian tour: runner up at Gosford $25K loosing to n°128 Jarmila Gajdosova and winner at Melbourne $25K upsetting n°168 french Mathilde Johansson in semi final. She's got an impressive 2006 win/loss record at 13/3 and represents one of the asian biggest hope.
Shikha was one step from the exit in the AR Top 20 loosing 4 places in the AR and 26 in the world. She lost in the early round of Indian Wells qualies unlucky to play top seed/n°83 Maria Elena Camerin. Her loss at Orange $50K challenger against n°174 Akgul Amanmuradova is much more desapointing. This month she lost the Indian Wells 2005 points (she reached the main draw 2nd round as a qualifer).