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In red, girls who are under 20

DEMENTIEVA Elena –Russia -27 y.o –former best ranking:4 –NEW:3
AZARENKA Victoria –Belarussia -19 y.o –former best ranking:10–NEW:8
BENESOVA Iveta –Czech Republic -26 y.o –former best ranking:28 –NEW:25
JOHANSSON Mathilde –France -23 y.o –former best ranking:64 –NEW:59
GLATCH Alexa –USA -19 y.o –former best ranking: 124 –NEW: 111
ZEC PESKIRIC Masa -22 y.o –former best ranking:126 –NEW:125
SCHEEPERS Chanelle –South Africa -25 y.o –former best ranking: 147 –NEW: 137
RUS Aranxta –Netherlands -18 y.o –former best ranking:144 –NEW:142
PERKAK Ksenia –Russia -17 y.o –former best ranking: 149 –NEW: 146
DIATCHENKO Vitalia –Russia -18 y.o –former best ranking: 171 –NEW: 152

WIENEROVA Lenka –Slovakia -20 y.o –former best ranking: 164 –NEW: 157
CABEZA CANDELA Estrella –Spain -22 y.o –former best ranking :169 –NEW:167
KUCOVA Kristina –Slovakia -18 y.o –former best ranking:180 –NEW:174
STOOP Georgia –GBR -21 y.o –former best ranking: 185–NEW: 180
SEVASTOVA Anastasija –Latvia -18 y.o –former best ranking:189 –NEW:183
LU Jingjing –China -19 y.o –former best ranking:207 –NEW:187

My comments:

The French beauty born swedish reached a new step as Top 60 player. Last week, she made it to the 2nd rd at Miami $4,5M winning an epic match vs. n°100 indian star Mirza before falling to 2nd seed/n°2 Safina.

Alexa GLATCH: Week after week, Alexa is on the spotlight. Within a couple of weeks, she could bring the Top 100. Considering her last months good form, she was logically granted of a WC. She shows that she deserved it ousting talented n°88 Baczinszky before losing to Top seed/n°1 and eventual runner up Serena Williams, a good experience for that upcoming player.

Chanelle SCHEEPERS: New career high for Chanelle. She’s been now up 50 spots since the beginning of the year. She’s mixing up WTA and challengers events. Last weeks, she played on the ITF circuit winning her 11th ITF title of her career at Irapuato $25K beating surprising qualifier n°482 Ryzhonkova. The week after, she was stopped in QF at Hammond $25K falling to 6th seed/n°196 but former n°47 Nakamura who’s back from injury.

Vitalia DIATCHENKO: If Vitalia keeps playing like that, there’s no question that she could break the Top 100 this year. Starting the year in the Top 200, she’s about to break the Top 150. 2 weeks ago, she captured her 1rst ITF title of the year (out of 3 in her career) at Moscow $25K beating 5th seed/n°158 Manasieva. The week after, she reached the SF at Khanti-Mansiysk $50K ousting 4th seed/n°147 Dzehalevich en route before retiring in the 2nd set to Top seed/n°117 Lapushchenkova.

Jing Jing LU: China is the next expecting big nation in tennis. For a couple of years, there’re pretty reknown players such as Li, Zheng, Peng…Jingjing could belong to the next generation. At 19 y.o, she’s breaking the Top 200 after reaching 2 times in a row the SF on the ITF circuit. She played the Canaria Island ITF circuit: at Tenerife $25K, she ousted 8th seed/n°212 Chakhnashvili en route before losing to talented qualifier n°346 Marino. The week after, she equalled her run falling in SF to 6th seed/n°189 Sevastova.

FASTER MOVEMENTS IN THE TOP 10, 20, 50, 100, 150 and 200:

Top 10:
Victoria AZARENKA n°8 (+2)

Who will stop Victoria in her rising. She finished 2008 at n°15, she’s now n°8 which represents a huge jump at that level. With only 2 losses since the beginning of the season, she could be now considered as a Grand Slam winner contender! Last week, she captured her biggest trophy in her career winning Miami $4,5M ousting 8th seed/n°8 Kuznetsova en route before overpowering big star Top seed/n°1 Serena Williams (dropping only 4 games).

TOP 20:
Amelie MAURESMO n°19 (+1) and Anabel MEDINA GARRIGUES n°20 (+1):
ups and downs for the former n°1 in the world. After a tremendous week in Paris, some of us were thinking that Amelie was definitively back (beating Top players such as Jankovic and Dementieva)…the result is a bit different. The US tourney was a little bit disappointing losing to Li at Indian Wells. At Miami, she made a little bit better taking her revenge to 15th seed/n°15 Pennetta in the 3rd rd but then falling to n°42 Stosur.
Anabel is back to the top 20 after reaching the 4th rd at Miami $4,5M ousting 16th seed/n°16 Cibulkova before falling to 26th seed/n°31 Benesova.

TOP 50:
Na LI n°29 (+11) and Samantha STOSUR n°31 (+11):
Even if Na had to skip the Australian circuit (due to injury), she has a very good start of season. She’s up 11 spots, back in the Top 30 after reaching the QF at Miami $4,5M upsetting 29th seed/n°29 Wozniak and 6th seed/n°5 Zvonareva en route before falling to Top seed/n°1 Serena Williams in a tight 3 sets match. If Na keeps healthy, she could break her former career high ranking (n°16).
Samantha: In 2007, she was at the peak of her form, breaking the Top 30. Sadly, she suffered from a viral illness causing her withdraw for all the tournaments after Wimbledon. She came on the tour in march 2008 with a ranking around 150, and since then, made her return to her best. Last week, she reached the QF at pretigious Miami $4,5M event beating successively 27th seed/n°24 Bammer, 2nd seed/n° Safina, 20th seed/n°20 Mauresmo before losing to 11th seed/n°10 and eventual winner Azarenka.

TOP 100:
Karolina SPREM n°98 (+16) and Julia GOERGES n°99 (+16):
Just before her 20th birthday, Karolina was recording her ever best ranking at n°17…already 4 years and a half. Her powerful flat and the unconsciousness of young guns helped her to become one of the future big star. But with the pressure of all these expectations, she lost all her timing and fighting spirit and fall out of the Top 200. the road to the Top 100 was very long…but she’s back after reaching the 2nd rd as a qualifier at Miami. In the qualies, she upsetted 9th seed/n°72 Barrois and 16th seed/n°99 Amanmuradova. She kept fighting beating a 3rd Top 100 n°70 Erakovic in the 1rst rd before losing to 16th seed/n°16 Cibulkova.
Julia: A year ago, this upcoming german player was breaking the Top 100 but was unable to confirm and even fall out the Top 100. She’s back as she reached, like Sprem, the 2nd rd as a qualifier at Miami. In the qualies, she ousted 12th seed/n°87 Hradecka en route, and creates one of the surprise of the 1rst round beating in form n°38 Razzano. 17th seed/n°17 Zheng was too strong in the next round. However, this is still a good tournament for her.

TOP 150:
Evgeniya RODINA n°133 (+18), Michaella KRAJICEK n°136 (+18):
: Evgeniya was one of the numerous Russian girls to break the Top 100 in 2008. On the WTA circuit, she was unable to defend the points that helped us to break the Top 100 on the ITF circuit. With her ranking slump, she’s back on the ITF with pretty nice results. At Moscow $25K she was forced to retire in QF as she was in the 3rd set vs qualifier n°570 Guskova. She regrouped the week after capturing Khanti-Mansiysk $50K taking the best, in final to Top seed/n°117 Lapushchenkova in straight sets.
Michaella: Michaella receives all the effort she made, training at Bolletieri Academy. Starting the year out of the Top 200, she can easily beat Top 100. Last week, she made it to the 2nd rd as a qualifier at Miami. In the qualies, she ousted Top seed/n°55 Vesnina and 20th seed/n°95 Pin. In the maindraw, she took the best in a marathon match against another qualifier n°81 Morita before resisting in 3 sets to 9th seed/n°9 Petrova.

TOP 200:
Andrea PETKOVIC n°187 (+26):

Once more this week, another former Top 100 teen rising player who’s coming back after several months of injuries. Last week, she finished Runner up at Latina $50K upsetting Top seed/n°127 Zec Peskiric and 3rd seed/n°133 Kutuzova en route before falling to 7th seed/n°155 and former n°52 compatriot Schruff.


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Glad to see sprem back in the Top 100!!! :):):)
Yes me too, I was confused to see her fall in the world ranking the past fast years...all the more she has a very entertaining game to watch...
Hope she'll keep rising and get back to the Top 50 at least!
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