Saturday, November 17, 2012

2012 BSA's: Rankings Round-Up


Rankings, rankings, rise and fall.
No one player (not even you-know-who) can win them all.
Wish they may, wish they might.
Have the ranking they deserve tonight.


Or something like that. Either way, here's the annual whole-lotta-love (and numbers) end-of-year rankings rundown. Backspin style... which isn't quite as funky-cool as VikaStyle, but it'll have to do.



**RANKING NOTES OF NOTE**
[as of end-of-season ranks on November 12]
In 2009, Kim Clijsters finished at #18 after playing just four events. In 2010, Justine Henin finished #12 despite missing the final half of the season. Unless KC or LPT decide to pursue SECOND comebacks (or maybe have Jada and/or their future offspring follow in their moms' footsteps about a quarter century from now) , we might not see something similar for quite some time. Ah, but we DO still have the Williams Sisters. In 2011, Serena managed to overcome a nearly year-long absence to climb to #12 with just thirteen events, with the next highest-ranked player with fewer appearances than her thirteen clocking in at #103 with just eleven. That player's name, of course, was Venus. In 2012, "Ms. Backspin" Serena upped her number of tournaments to fifteen, and made the "proper" jump up to #3 in the rankings on the back of her two slam titles, Olympic Gold and YEC win. The only other player in the Top 70 with fewer tournaments? Ha! You guessed it -- #24 Venus, with thirteen. The next highest-ranked players with so few events were #72 Svetlana Kuznetsova (a big disappointment, to say the least) and #109, 16-year old Donna Vekic (a true revelation). Mallory Burdette, the ex-Stanford Cardinal who played in the NCAA women's singles final this summer, was the player with the fewest tournaments ranked in the Top 200, finishing at #145 with just ten events in her column.
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Once again, the South American women lagged far behind their continental counterparts on the ATP tour in 2012. The last four seasons have seen the number of men from S.A. ranking in the singles Top 50 outpace the woman 5-0, 6-1, 4-1 and 4-0. This year, nothing has changed... except for the one South American brigth spot on the WTA tour virtually slipping out of sight. The only S.A. woman to rank in the season-ending Top 50 in any of those recent seasons was Gisela Dulko (twice). After seeing her ranking fall to #68 a year ago, though, Dulko flipped further down to #306 this season after playing just ten events, making her the 12th highest-ranked South American woman. Replacing Duko as the highest-ranked player from the continent is her Argentine countrywoman Paula Ormaechea at #142, with Colombian Mariana Duque-Marino not far behind at #146. In the same week that the South American women failed to rank a single player in the year-end Top 100, nine of their male counterparts managed to rank in the ATP Top 100 (with three positioned in the Top 50, two of them in the Top 12).
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Several big names fell out of the Top 50 over the last year. Amongst them were Shahar Peer and four Top 20 players from 2011: Vera Zvonareva (#7), Andrea Petkovic (#10) and Svetlana Kuznetsova (#19), all three largely due to injury, and Kim Clijsters (#13), who retired after the U.S. Open. On the other side of the equation, the Top 50 welcomed back the likes of returnees Ekaterina Makarova, Yaroslava Shvedova and Venus Williams, the latter of which who missed most of the second half of '11 after being diagnosed with Sjogren's system and finished at #103, her first year-end ranking outside the Top 50 in fifteen years.
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While players such as Varvara Lepchenko (jumping all the way from #110 to #21), Olga Govortsova, Kirsten Flipkens and Melanie Oudin all saw their fortunes turn and enable them to return to the Top 100 in 2012, the proverbial worm turned the other way for many other "name" players, including no-longer-Top-100ers Kateryna Bondarenko, Kimiko Date-Krumm, Jelena Dokic, Gisela Dulko, Irina Falconi, Jarmila Gajdosova, Anne Keothavong, Rebecca Marino, (newly-married) Maria Jose Martinez-Sanchez, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Sania Mirza and Virginie Razzano (Serena's RG conqueror). Russia's Alisa Kleybanova also fell from her spot in the Top 100, but after successfully making her way back to the court (in Miami in March) following her battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma, one could hardly call her relative spot in the rankings a "disappointment," nor all that important at all, really.
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#78 Annika Beck, 18, was this season's Roland Garros junior champ, and the German is also the youngest player ranked in the Top 100 (last year it was Sloane Stephens, who is still the youngest player in the current Top 50 at #38, ten months the junior of #33 Christina McHale and #49 Heather Watson). #109 Donna Vekic, 16, is the youngest player in the Top 200, an honor held last year by current #53 Laura Robson. Vekic is just two months younger than #183 Ashleigh Barty. 18-year old Elina Svitolina, who became the youngest tour singles champion in four and a half years in the final week of the '12 season, ended the year at #114. The player she defeated in the Pune (India) final, 42-year old Kimiko Date-Krumm, who'd been attempting to become the oldest singles champ in WTA history in that final, IS the oldest woman in the Top 200. Naturally. KDK is one of four players -- along with Jill Craybas (38), Tamarine Tanasguarn (35) and Greta Arn (33) -- in the Top 200 who were born in the 1970's. The oldest players ranked in the Top 100 are #24 Venus Williams and #35 Francesca Schiavone, both 32 and winners of tour singles titles this season.

*YOUNGEST PLAYER - end of '12 season*
[Top 100]
18...Annika Beck, GER (born February 16, 1994)
18...Laura Robson, GBR (born January 12, 1994)
19...Lauren Davis, USA (born October 9, 1993)
19...Kristina Mladenovic, FRA (born May 14, 1993)
19...Timea Babos, HUN (born May 10, 1993)
19...Sloane Stephens, USA (born March 20, 1993)
20...Heather Watson, GBR (born May 19, 1992)
20...Christina McHale, USA (born May 11, 1992)
20...Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor, ESP (born May 2, 1992)
20...Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino, ESP (born March 20, 1992)
[#101-200]
16...Donna Vekic, CRO (born June 28, 1996)
16...Ashleigh Barty, AUS (born April 24, 1996)
17...Irina Khromacheva, RUS (born May 12, 1995)
17...Madison Keys, USA (born February 17, 1995)
17...Yulia Putintseva, KAZ (born January 7, 1995)
18...Anna Schmiedlova, SVK (born September 13, 1994)
18...Elina Svitolina, UKR (born September 12, 1994)
18...Grace Min, USA (born May 6, 1994)
18...Eugenie Bouchard, CAN (born February 25, 1994)
18...Jessica Pegula, USA (born February 24, 1994)
18...Kateryna Kozlova, UKR (born February 20, 1994)
18...Zheng Saisai, CHN (born February 5, 1994)
18..Anna-Lena Friedsam, GER (born February 1, 1994)

*OLDEST PLAYER - end of '12 season*
[Top 100]
32...Venus Williams, USA (born June 17, 1980)
32...Francesca Schiavone, ITA (born June 23, 1980)
31...Lourdes Dominguez-Lino, ESP (born March 31, 1981)
31...Stephanie Foretz-Gacon, FRA (born May 3, 1981)
31...Serena Williams, USA (born September 26, 1981)
30...Klara Zakopalova, CZE (born February 24, 1982)
30...Flavia Pennetta, ITA (born February 25, 1982)
30...Li Na, CHN (born February 26, 1982)
30...Nadia Petrova, RUS (born June 8, 1982)
30...Anabel Medina-Garrigues, ESP (born July 31, 1982)
30...Elena Daniilidou, GER (born September 19, 1982)
30...Melinda Czink, HUN (born October 22, 1982)
[#101-200]
42...Kimiko Date-Krumm, JPN (born September 28, 1970)
38...Jill Craybas, USA (born July 4, 1974)
35...Tamarine Tanasugarn, THA (born May 24, 1977)
33...Greta Arn, HUN (born April 13, 1979)
32...Alberta Brianti, ITA (born April 5,1980)

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After only four Top 10ers repeated their status at the end of 2011, seven did so in 2012: Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Li Na, Petra Kvitova, Samantha Stosur and Caroline Wozniacki. Only three women have been year-end Top 10ers for three straight seasons (Azarenka, Stosur & Wozniacki), and just two (Azarenka & Wozniacki, who've shared the year-end #1 ranking from 2010-12) have four-year streaks. Vera Zvonareva entered '12 with a four-season streak of her own, but an injury-marred season saw her ranking drop to #96. Along with the Russian, Marion Bartoli (#11) and Andrea Petkovic (#126) fell from 2011's Top 10, replaced by two Top 10 newbies (Angelique Kerber & Sara Errani) and Serena Williams, who finished in the Top 10 for the eleventh time in her career.
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Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu went from WTA "Newcomer of the Year" in 2011 to a first-time title winner in 2012, but saw her ranking fall from #32 to #40. Meanwhile, singles crown winners Daniela Hantuchova (#24 to #32, although she hadthe first successful title defense of her career) and Francesca Schiavone (#11 to #35, even with her first title since '10) saw their rankings nonetheless fall from where they were one year ago. Even without any HUGE results, Greek vet Eleni Daniilidou still seemed to have something of a nice comeback year in '12... but the numbers show that her year-end ranking actually fell from #90 to #99. On the other hand, some players seemed to have less impact this past season although their rankings managed to rise. Two good examples: Julia Goerges (0-2 in finals), who rose from #21 to #18, and Yanina Wickmayer (also 0-2), who inched up from #26 to #23.
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While the Russian numbers in the WTA field are still strong, their high-level impact IS starting to show wear-and-tear as the NextGen Hordette stars have still yet to properly follow up the heroics of the "Revolution Generation" in the 2000's. While Maria Sharapova won Roland Garros and briefly re-claimed the #1 ranking, her Revolution counterparts are dropping out and off. Anastasia Myskina and Elena Dementieva are now long gone, while Dinara Safina stayed in "unofficial" retirement throughout this past season after her back troubles forced her out of the game in '11. Both Vera Zvonareva and Svetlana Kuznetsova's rankings fell off the cliff this year, as well. But... oh, Nadia. 30-year old Petrova won three titles after hitting the big 3-oh in '12, rising to year-end #12, her best finish in four years. But after dominating the Top 100 rankings for many seasons, the Russians were actually tied by the U.S. with the most representatives (10) there in '12. Two years ago, there were sixteen Hordettes in the Top 100. While six Hordettes finished in the Top 20 in 2009, five did in 2010, then just four in 2011. The number stayed at four in 2012. Since 2010, the number of Russians in the Top 10 has shrunk from four to two (twice) to this year's lone woman there (Sharapova). Additionally, after the seven tour singles titles won by Russians in '11 were the lowest single season total for the Hordettes since they won six in 2002 (two years before their '04 slam dominance), just six crowns were taken by Russians (three each by Sharapova and Petrova) this year, with #6 not coming until Week 44.
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After a few seasons of finishing second to only the Russians on the Top 100 representatives list, the Czechs slipped to third in 2012. But they still saw their numbers swell from seven to eight, with two -- #8 Petra Kvitova and #17 Lucie Safarova -- finishing in the Top 20 for the back-to-back Fed Cup champions.
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A year after players from thirty-seven nations made up the Top 100, thirty-six did so this time around. The Top 11 was actually made up of players from eleven different nations!
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The top five ranked players representing Kazakhstan all formerly played under either the Russian or Bulgarian flag.
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Roberta Vinci's twenty-eight events were the most by any player ranked in the Top 20 (next was Dominika Cibulkova's twenty-seven). Three Top 100 women equaled Vinci's tournament total, while ten managed to surpass it. Eleni Daniilidou's thirty-four events were the most by any Top 100er. Meanwhile, after Julia Cohen led all women in the year-end Top 200 in events the last two seasons -- 36 in '10, and 40 in '11 -- the 23-year old American did it once again this year with thirty-nine appearances. Last year, she finished #171. This season, after reaching her first career tour singles final in Baku, she concluded the year ranked #113.
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At the end of 2009, twelve players rose into the Top 50 after having finished the previous year ranked outside the Top 100. In 2010, only two did it, while in each of the last two years the doors were opened to six women in each season. This year, the risers were #21 Varvara Lepchenko, #24 Venus Williams, #25 Hsieh Su-Wei, #29 Yaroslava Shvedova, #31 Urszula Radwanska and #43 Aleksandra Wozniak.
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At the end of 2011, Stephanie Foretz-Gacon was the player with her nose pressed up against the Top 100 glass, finishing #101. This year, SFG managed to slip in the Top 100 back door, finishing at #100, just fourteen points ahead of the new nose-presser, #101 Garbine Muguruza.
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[based on November 12 end-of-season WTA rankings]

*TOP 20 BY AGE*
[at of end of 2012]
31...Serena Williams
30...Li Na
30...Nadia Petrova
29...Roberta Vinci
28...Samantha Stosur
28...Marion Bartoli
27...Kaia Kanepi
25...Maria Kirilenko
25...Lucie Safarova
25...Maria Sharapova
25...Sara Errani
25...Ana Ivanovic
24...Angelique Kerber
24...Ekaterina Makarova
24...Julia Goerges
23...Agnieszka Radwanska
23...Dominika Cibulkova
23...Victoria Azarenka
22...Petra Kvitova
22...Caroline Wozniacki


*TOP 20 BY NATION*
4...RUS (Kirilenko, Makarova, Petrova, Sharapova)
2...CZE (Kvitova, Safarova)
2...GER (Goerges, Kerber)
2...ITA (Errani, Vinci)
1...AUS (Stosur)
1...BLR (Azarenka)
1...CHN (Li)
1...DEN (Wozniacki)
1...EST (Kanepi)
1...FRA (Bartoli)
1...POL (A.Radwanska)
1...SRB (Ivanovic)
1...SVK (Cibulkova)
1...USA (S.Williams)


*TOP 20 BY CAREER TITLES*
46...Serena Williams
27...Maria Sharapova
20...Caroline Wozniacki
14...Victoria Azarenka
13...Nadia Petrova
11...Ana Ivanovic
10...Agnieszka Radwanska
9...Petra Kvitova
7...Marion Bartoli
7...Roberta Vinci
6...Sara Errani
6...Li Na
5...Maria Kirilenko
4...Lucie Safarova
3...Kaia Kanepi
3...Samantha Stosur
2...Dominika Cibulkova
2...Julia Goerges
2...Angelique Kerber
1...Ekaterina Makarova


*TOP 100 FACTS*
=HIGHEST-RANKED PLAYER WITHOUT A CAREER WTA SINGLES TITLE=
2007 Victoria Azarenka, BLR * (2009)
2008 Victoria Azarenka, BLR * (2009)
2009 Alla Kudryavtseva, RUS * (2010)
2010 Dominika Cibulkova, SVK * (2011)
2011 Peng Shuai, CHN
2012 Varvara Lepchenko, USA
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* - won first title
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*TOP 50 PLAYERS WITHOUT TITLES*
#21 Varvara Lepchenko, USA
#29 Yaroslava Shvedova, KAZ
#31 Urszula Radwanska, POL
#33 Christina McHale, USA
#34 Carla Suarez-Navarro, ESP
#38 Sloane Stephens, USA
#40 Peng Shuai, CHN
#42 Tsvetana Pironkova, BUL
#46 Lucie Hradecka, CZE
#47 Jamie Hampton, USA
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NEW PLAYERS IN THE TOP 100 (since end of '11 season): 29
2011 newbies: 31
2010 newbies: 23
2009 newbies: 28
2008 newbies: 34
2007 newbies: 33
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HIGHEST-RANKED TOP 100 NEWBIES ('11 rank):
#21 Varvara Lepchenko, USA (#110)
#24 Venus Williams, USA (#103)
#25 Hsieh Su-Wei, TPE (#172)
#29 Yaroslava Shvedova, KAZ (#206)
#31 Urszula Radwanska, POL (#109)
#43 Aleksandra Wozniak, CAN (#105)
#53 Laura Robson, GBR (#131)
#54 Kirsten Flipkens, BEL (#194)
#57 Olga Govortsova, BLR (#114)
#63 Kiki Bertens, NED (#184)
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*SMALLEST 2011-to-2012 RANKING CHANGES IN TOP 100*
+1...Stephanie Foretz-Gacon (101/100)
+2...Victoria Azarenka (3/1)
+2...Maria Sharapova (4/2)
-2...Li Na (5/7)
-2...Marion Bartoli (9/11)
-2...Silvia Soler-Espinosa (82/84)
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*COMEBACK RANKINGS OF NOTE*
#12 Nadia Petrova, RUS
#24 Venus Williams, USA
#25 Hsieh Su-Wei, TPE
#26 Zheng Jie, CHN
#27 Sorana Cirstea, ROU
#29 Yaroslava Shvedova, KAZ
#43 Aleksandra Wozniak, CAN
#44 Alize Cornet, FRA
#54 Kirsten Flipkens, BEL
#85 Melanie Oudin, USA
#88 Casey Dellacqua, AUS
#104 Mirjana Lucic, CRO
#111 Sesil Karatantcheva, KAZ
#120 Alexa Glatch, USA
#253 Severine Bremond, FRA
#290 Ana Savic, CRO
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*NextGen RANKINGS OF NOTE*
#33 Christina McHale, USA
#38 Sloane Stephens, USA
#39 Mona Barthel, GER
#49 Heather Watson, GBR
#52 Irina-Camelia Begu, ROU
#53 Laura Robson, GBR
#56 Bojana Jovanovski, SRB
#64 Timea Babos, HUN
#67 Lesia Tsurenko, UKR
#68 Arantxa Rus, NED
#75 Camila Giorgi, ITA
#76 Kristina Mladenovic, FRA
#77 Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino, ESP
#78 Annika Beck, GER
#89 Chang Kai-Chen, TPE
#90 Alexandra Cadantu, ROU
#92 Misaki Doi, JPN
#94 Lauren Davis, USA
#101 Garbine Muguruza, ESP
#102 Ksenia Pervak, KAZ
#106 Jana Cepelova, SVK
#109 Donna Vekic, CRO
#110 Karolina Pliskova, CZE
#114 Elina Svitolina, UKR
#122 Kristyna Pliskova, CZE
#124 Yulia Putintseva, KAZ
#129 Michelle Larcher de Brito, POR
#131 Duan Ying-Ying, CHN
#134 Monica Puig, PUR
#138 Madison Keys, USA
#139 Zheng Saisai, CHN
#144 Caroline Garcia, FRA
#145 Mallory Burdette, USA
#146 Mariana Duque-Marino, COL
#149 Eugenie Bouchard, CAN
#150 Jessica Pegula, USA
#151 Irina Falconi, USA
#156 Johanna Konta, GBR
#173 Alexandra Krunic, SRB
#177 Chanel Simmonds, RSA
#180 Grace Min, USA
#183 Ashleigh Barty, AUS
#185 Veronica Cepede Royg, PAR
#186 Irina Khromacheva, RUS
#195 Wang Qiang, CHN
#196 Richel Hogenkamp, NED
#199 Maryna Zanevska, UKR
#200 Anna Schmiedlova, SVK
#207 Noppawan Lertcheewakarn, THA
#208 Daria Gavrilova, RUS
#211 Shelby Rogers, USA
#222 Carina Witthoeft, GER
#232 Alison van Uytvanck, BEL
#235 Nicole Gibbs, USA
#265 Ons Jabeur, TUN
#266 Zarina Diyas, KAZ
#270 Bianca Botto, PER
#273 Samantha Crawford, USA
#301 Gabriela Paz, VEN
#313 Krista Hardebeck, USA
#315 Gabriela Dabrowski, CAN
#343 Ximena Hermoso, MEX
#381 Sachia Vickery, USA
#388 Basek Eraydin, TUR
#397 Allie Kiick, USA
#418 Ysaline Bonaventure, BEL
#446 Allie Will, USA
#453 Victoria Kan, RUS
#469 Asia Muhammad, USA
#502 Taylor Townsend, USA
#521 Lauren Embree, USA
#524 Victoria Duval, USA
#533 Chelsey Gullickson, USA
#556 Marcela Zacarius, MEX
#560 Jacqueline Cako, USA
#592 Beatriz Haddad Maia, BRA
#594 Victoria Bosio, ARG
#611 Francoise Abanda, CAN
#630 Belinda Bencic, SUI
#647 Indy De Vroome, NED
#689 Carol Zhao, CAN
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*SISTERS*
#3 Serena Williams, #24 Venus Williams (USA)
#4 Agnieszka Radwanska, #31 Urszula Radwanska (POL)
#25 Hsieh Su-Wei, #1123 Hsieh Shu-Ying (TPE)
#103 Chan Yung-Jan, #263 Chan Hao-Ching (TPE)
#110 Kristyna Pliskova, #122 Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
#137 Kateryna Bondarenko, (NR) Alona Bondarenko (UKR)
#140 Anastasia Rodionova, #246 Arina Rodionova (AUS/RUS)
#172 ChiChi Scholl, #659 Chalena Scholl (USA)
#192 Erika Sema, #204 Yurika Sema (JPN)
#223 Lyudmyla Kichenok, #257 Nadija Kichenok (UKR)
#287 Kristina Kucova, (NR) Zuzana Kucova (SVK)
#309 Lu Jia-Jing, #586 Lu Jia-Xiang (CHN)
#441 Julia Mayr, #752 Evelyn Mayr (ITA)
#458 Olga Ianchuk, #482 Elizaveta Ianchuk (UKR)
#533 Chelsey Gullickson, (NR) Carly Gullickson (USA)
#611 Francoise Abanda, (NR) Elisabeth Abanda (CAN)
#638 Hulya Esen, #1127 Lutfiye Esen (TUR)
#736 Flavia Guimaraes Bueno, (NR) Marcela Guimaraes Bueno (BRA)
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*TOP 100 BY NATION*
(w/ # in 2011)
10...Russia (12)
10...United States (6)
8...Czech Republic (7)
6...France (6)
6...Spain (6)
5...Germany (6)
5...Italy (6)
5...Romania (6)
3...China (3)
3...Serbia (3)
3...Slovak Republic (3)
2...Australia (3)
2...Great Britain (3)
2...Belarus (2)
2...Belgium (2)
2...Hungary (1)
2...Japan (2)
2...Kazakhstan (1)
2...Netherlands (1)
2...Poland (1)
2...Sweden (2)
2...Taiwan (0)
1...Austria (2)
1...Bulgaria (1)
1...Canada (2)
1...Croatia (1)
1...Denmark (1)
1...Estonia (1)
1...Georgia (1)
1...Greece (1)
1...Israel (1)
1...Luxembourg (0)
1...New Zealand (1)
1...Slovenia (1)
1...South Africa (1)
1...Switzerland (0)
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2011 TOP 100, NONE in 2012: Argentina, India, Latvia, Ukraine


*REGIONAL RANKINGS*
==RUSSIA==
#2 Maria Sharapova
#12 Nadia Petrova
#14 Maria Kirilenko
#20 Ekaterina Makarova
#36 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
#69 Elena Vesnina
#72 Svetlana Kuznetsova
#81 Nina Bratchikova
#91 Alexandra Panova
#96 Vera Zvonareva

==NON-RUSSIAN EUROPE==
#1 Victoria Azarenka, BLR
#4 Agnieszka Radwanska, POL
#5 Angelique Kerber, GER
#6 Sara Errani, ITA
#8 Petra Kvitova, CZE
#10 Caroline Wozniacki, DEN
#11 Marion Bartoli, FRA
#13 Ana Ivanovic, SRB
#15 Dominika Cibulkova, SVK
#16 Roberta Vinci, ITA

==ASIA/PACIFIC==
#7 Li Na, CHN
#9 Samantha Stosur, AUS
#25 Hsieh Su-Wei, TPE
#26 Zheng Jie, CHN
#29 Yaroslava Shvedova, KAZ
#40 Peng Shuai, CHN
#67 Marina Erakovic, NZL
#83 Galina Voskoboeva, KAZ
#87 Ayumi Morita, JPN
#88 Casey Dellacqua, AUS
#89 Chang Kai-Chen, TPE

==SOUTH AMERICA==
#142 Paula Ormaechea, ARG
#146 Mariana Duque-Marino, COL
#164 Teliana Pereira, BRA
#185 Veronica Cepede Royg, PAR
#201 Florencia Molinero, ARG
#206 Maria Irigoyen, ARG
#237 Catalina Castano, COL
#247 Mailen Auroux, ARG
#264 Adriana Perez, VEN
#270 Bianca Botto, PER
#301 Gabriela Paz, VEN

==UNITED STATES==
#3 Serena Williams
#21 Varvara Lepchenko
#24 Venus Williams
#33 Christina McHale
#38 Sloane Stephens
#70 Vania King
#71 Jamie Hampton
#85 Melanie Oudin
#94 Lauren Davis
#98 Coco Vandeweghe

==NON-U.S. NORTH AMERICA/ATLANTIC==
#43 Aleksandra Wozniak, CAN
#134 Monica Puig, PUR
#141 Stephanie Dubois, CAN
#148 Eugenie Bouchard, CAN
#152 Sharon Fichman, CAN
#157 Heidi El Tabakh, CAN
#205 Marie-Eve Pelletier, CAN
#315 Gabriela Dabrowski, CAN
#343 Ximena Hermoso, MEX
#432 Rebecca Marino, CAN

==AFRICA/MIDDLE EAST==
#60 Chanelle Scheepers, RSA
#74 Shahar Peer, ISR
#170 Julia Glushko, ISR
#176 Cagla Buyukakcay, TUR
#177 Chanel Simmonds, RSA
#265 Ons Jabeur, TUN
#310 Pemra Ozgen, TUR
#388 Basek Eraydin, TUR
#359 Melis Sezer, TUR
#443 Fatma Al Nabhani, OMA


[SCANDINAVIA]
#10 Caroline Wozniacki, DEN
#41 Sofia Arvidsson, SWE
#73 Johanna Larsson, SWE
#272 Ulrikke Eikeri, NOR
#473 Piia Suomalainen, FIN
#506 Hilda Melander, SWE
#507 Sandra Roma, SWE
#613 Karen Barbat, DEN


*REVOLUTION CHECKS*
==CHINA==
#7 Li Na
#26 Zheng Jie
#40 Peng Shuai
#128 Zhang Shuai
#131 Duan Ying-Ying
#139 Zheng Saisai
#195 Wang Qiang
#197 Zhou Yi-Miao
#252 Sun Sheng-nan
#261 Xu Yi-Fan

==ROMANIA==
#27 Sorana Cirstea
#47 Simona Halep
#52 Irina-Camelia Begu
#58 Monica Niculescu
#90 Alexandra Cadantu
#108 Edina Gallovits-Hall
#202 Cristina-Andreea Mitu
#233 Madalina Gojnea
#238 Raluca Olaru
#240 Alexandra Dulgheru
#242 Cristina Dinu

==CZECH REPUBLIC==
#8 Petra Kvitova
#17 Lucie Safarova
#28 Klara Zakopalova
#46 Lucie Hradecka
#55 Petra Cetkovska
#65 Andrea Hlavackova
#82 Iveta Benesova
#93 Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova
#110 Kristyna Pliskova
#121 Eva Birnerova
#122 Karolina Pliskova

==GERMANY==
#5 Angelique Kerber
#18 Julia Goerges
#37 Sabine Lisicki
#39 Mona Barthel
#78 Annika Beck
#115 Tatjana Malek
#126 Andrea Petkovic
#153 Dinah Pfizenmeier
#190 Anna-Lena Friedsam
#215 Kathrin Woerle
#222 Carina Witthoeft
#239 Sarah Gronert

==AUSTRALIA==
#9 Samantha Stosur
#88 Casey Dellacqua
#112 Olivia Rogowska
#140 Anastasia Rodionova
#165 Sacha Jones
#181 Jarmila Gajdosova
#183 Ashleigh Barty
#188 Monique Adamczak
#260 Jelena Dokic
#327 Bojana Bobusic

==ITALY==
#6 Sara Errani
#16 Roberta Vinci
#35 Francesca Schiavone
#45 Flavia Pennetta
#75 Camila Giorgi
#125 Karin Knapp
#135 Alberta Brianti
#155 Nastassja Burnett
#168 Maria Elena Camerin
#229 Anna Floris

==FRANCE==
#11 Marion Bartoli
#44 Alize Cornet
#66 Pauline Parmentier
#76 Kristina Mladenovic
#86 Mathilde Johansson
#100 Stephanie Foretz-Gacon
#136 Claire Feuerstein
#144 Caroline Garcia
#159 Virginie Razzano
#162 Irena Pavlovic
#169 Aravane Rezai

==GREAT BRITAIN==
#49 Heather Watson
#53 Laura Robson
#143 Anne Keothavong
#156 Johanna Konta
#175 Elena Baltacha
#256 Tara Moore
#278 Naomi Broady
#289 Samantha Murray
#299 Lisa Whybourne
#336 Amanda Carreras

==SPAIN==
#34 Carla Suarez-Navarro
#48 Lourdes Dominguez-Lino
#50 Anabel Medina-Garrigues
#77 Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino
#84 Silvia Soler-Espinova
#97 Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor
#101 Garbine Muguruza
#123 Estrella Candela-Cabeza
#161 Maria Jose Martinez-Sanchez
#167 Laura Pous-Tio

==JAPAN==
#87 Ayumi Morita
#92 Misaki Doi
#119 Kimiko Date-Krumm
#160 Kurumi Nara
#192 Erika Sema
#204 Yurika Sema
#231 Junri Namigata
#280 Akiko Omae
#300 Misa Eguchi
#302 Rika Fujiwara

==SERBIA==
#13 Ana Ivanovic
#22 Jelena Jankovic
#56 Bojana Jovanovski
#118 Vesna Dolonts
#173 Aleksandra Krunic
#365 Teodora Mircic
#424 Jovana Jaksci
#451 Natalija Kostic

==BELGIUM==
#23 Yanina Wickmayer
#54 Kirsten Flipkens
#232 Alison van Uytvanck
#330 Tamaryn Hendler
#412 An-Sophie Mestach
#418 Ysaline Bonaventure

==KAZAKHSTAN==
#29 Yaroslava Shvedova
#83 Galina Voskoboeva
#102 Ksenia Pervak
#111 Sessil Karatantcheva
#124 Yulia Putintseva
#266 Zarina Diyas
#383 Anna Danilina

==SLOVAK REPUBLIC==
#15 Dominika Cibulkova
#32 Daniela Hantuchova
#62 Magdalena Rybarikova
#106 Jana Cepelova
#200 Anna Schmiedlova
#268 Zuzana Zlochova

==TAIWAN==
#25 Hsieh Su-Wei
#89 Chang Kai-Chen
#103 Chan Yung-Jan
#263 Chan Chin-Wei
#455 Hsu Wen-Hsin

==NETHERLANDS==
#63 Kiki Bertens
#68 Arantxa Rus
#154 Michaella Krajicek
#196 Richel Hogenkamp
#209 Bibiane Schoofs
#271 Angelique Van Der Meet

==UKRAINE==
#67 Lesia Tsurenko
#114 Elina Svitolina
#137 Kateryna Bondarenko
#174 Yuliya Beygelzimer
#187 Olga Savchuk

==ARGENTINA==
#142 Paula Ormaechea
#201 Florencia Molinero
#206 Maria Irigoyen
#247 Mailen Auroux
#306 Gisela Dulko

==AUSTRIA==
#30 Tamira Paszek
#132 Yvonne Meusburger
#166 Patricia Mayr-Achleitner
#355 Nicole Rottmann
#369 Tina Schiechtl
#444 Nikola Hofmanova


*RUSSIAN RESULTS ON THE WTA TOUR*
2001...0 titles, 3 RU, 6 SF
2002...6 titles, 8 RU, 11 SF
2003...11 titles, 4 RU, 20 SF
2004...15 titles, 18 RU, 30 SF
2005...9 titles, 8 RU, 36 SF
2006...19 titles, 15 RU, 30 SF
2007...12 titles, 15 RU, 26 SF
2008...18 titles, 20 RU, 21 SF
2009...13 titles, 13 RU, 19 SF
2010...13 titles, 16 RU, 14 SF
2011...7 titles, 7 RU, 18 SF
2012...6 titles, 11 RU, 9 SF

*BIGGEST RISES IN THE RANKINGS*
=end of '10 to end of '11=
[in 2012 Top 25]
+147...Hsieh Su-Wei (#172 to #25)
+89...Varvara Lepchenko (#110 to #21)
+79...Venus Williams (#103 to #24)
+39...Sara Errani (#45 to #6)
+32...Ekaterina Makarova (#52 to #20)
+27...Angelique Kerber (#32 to #5)
+17...Nadia Petrova (#29 to #12)
+15...Kaia Kanepi (#34 to #19)
+14...Maria Kirilenko (#28 to #14)

[2012 Top 26-50]
+177...Yaroslava Shvedova (#206 to #29)
+78...Urszula Radwanska (#109 to #31)
+62...Aleksandra Wozniak (#105 to #43)
+59...Sloane Stephens (#97 to #38)
+45...Alize Cornet (#89 to #44)
+43...Heather Watson (#92 to #49)
+37...Sofia Arvidsson (#78 to #41)
+33...Sorana Cirstea (#60 to #27)
+31...Lourdes Dominguez-Lino (#79 to #48)
+28...Mona Barthel (#67 to #39)
+22...Zheng Jie (#48 to #26)
+22...Carla Suarez-Navarro (#56 to #34)

[2012 Top 51-100]
+362...Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor (#459 to #97)
+225...Lauren Davis (#319 to #94)
+156...Annika Beck (#234 to #78)
+140...Kirsten Flipkens (#194 to #54)
+121...Kiki Bertens (#184 to #63)
+107...Kristina Mladenovic (#183 to #76)
+90...Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino (#167 to #77)
+89...Timea Babos (#153 to #64)
+78...Laura Robson (#131 to #53)
+74...Camila Giorgi (#149 to #75)


*BIGGEST FALLS IN THE RANKINGS*
=end of '11 to end of '12=
[2011 Top 25]
-116...Andrea Petkovic (#10 to #126)
-89...Vera Zvonareva (#7 to #96)
-53...Svetlana Kuznetsova (#19 to #72)
-25...Flavia Pennetta (#20 to #45)
-24...Francesca Schiavone (#11 to #35)
-23...Peng Shuai (#17 to #40)
-22...Sabine Lisicki (#15 to #37)
-20...Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (#16 to #36)
RETIRED: #13 Kim Clijsters

[2011 Top 26-50]
-148...Jarmila Gajdosova (#33 to #181)
-126...Maria Jose Martinez-Sanchez (#35 to #161)
-125...Elena Baltacha (#50 to #175)
-63...Ksenia Pervak (#39 to #102)
-49...Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova (#44 to #93)
-43...Polona Hercog (#36 to #79)
-40...Ayumi Morita (#47 to #87)
-37...Shahar Peer (#37 to #74)
-28...Monica Niculescu (#30 to #58)

[2011 Top 51-100]
-480...Alisa Kleybanova (#69 to #549)
-369...Rebecca Marino (#63 to #432)
-238...Gisela Dulko (#68 to #306)
-291...Iryna Bremond (#95 to #386)
-255...Evgeniya Rodina (#93 to #348)
-194...Jelena Dokic (#66 to #260)
-193...Sania Mirza (#88 to #281)
-192...Anastasiya Yakimova (#62 to #254)
-185...Kristina Barrois (#91 to #276)
-170...Alexandra Dulgheru (#70 to #240)
-116...Bethanie Mattek-Sands (#55 to #171)


*SINGLES & DOUBLES*
(singles/doubles ranks)
=TOP 25 IN BOTH (7)=
Sara Errani (#2, #6)
Julia Goerges (#18, #21)
Hsieh Su-Wei (#25, #25)
Maria Kirilenko (#14, #7)
Ekaterina Makarova (#20, #11)
Nadia Petrova (#12, #5)
Roberta Vinci (#16, #1)
=TOP 50 IN BOTH (+7)=
Lucie Hradecka (#46, #4)
Anabel Medina-Garrigues (#50, #24)
Flavia Pennetta (#45, #30)
Yaroslava Shvedova (#29, #26)
Serena Williams (#3, #31)
Venus Williams (#24, #31)
Zheng Jie (#26, #19)

*NATIONS WITH TOP 100 DOUBLES PLAYER, BUT NOT SINGLES*
ARGENTINA (2): #46 Gisela Dulko, #49 Paola Suarez
BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA (1): #71 Mervana Jugic-Salkic
COLOMBIA (1): #96 Catalina Castano
INDIA (1): #12 Sania Mirza
LATVIA (1): #74 Liga Dekmeijere
THAILAND (1): #70 Tamarine Tanasugarn
UZBEKISTAN (1): #88 Akgul Amanmuradova

[singles highs]
ARGENTINA: #142 Paula Ormaechea
BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA: #226 Jugic-Salkic
COLOMBIA: #146 Mariana Duque-Marino
INDIA: #281 Mirza
LATVIA: #182 Anastasija Sevastova
THAILAND: #133 Tanasugarn
UZBEKISTAN: #198 Amanmuradova
--
NOTE: 9 nations were on this list at the end of 2010, and 3 were there in 2011


And, hopefully, I didn't flub up any numbers or figures after all that transcribing.

(crosses fingers)


OTHER 2012 BSA's: MVPs, Regional Honors, Player Lists, and "Ms.Backspin"

BSA's STILL TO COME: Performance/Match lists & WTA Yearbook

All for now.


16 Comments:

Blogger Jessica said...

I often forget just how young both Petra and Caroline are. They've both done so much and had so many expectations on their shoulders that I forget that they're only 22.

And I often think Maria is far older than 25, because it seems like she won Wimbledon so long ago. She's often considered the "older veteran" even when playing women only a year younger (and sometimes, hilariously, when playing against someone a few years older)

Sat Nov 17, 03:44:00 PM EST  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

Yes, especially when you take a situation as simple as when Sharapova plays the other Russian Maria -- Kirilenko.

Sharapova's experience and accomplishments so far outweigh those of Kirilenko, though she IS recognized as a good player. It always seems like a misprint when you see that Kirilenko is actually three months OLDER than Sharapova. :)

Sat Nov 17, 05:22:00 PM EST  
Blogger Diane said...

Wow. This is a lot of really revealing information. The "Russian track" is especially interesting.

The two rankings "leapers" who really got my attention this year were Kerber, of course, and U-Rad. What Errani did was very special, of course, and we'll just have to wait and see where she takes it. But the younger Radwanska does seem to be in the midst of a possible breakthrough.

Very proud of Kirilenko; she's been a favorite of mine for a long time.

Sat Nov 17, 07:44:00 PM EST  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

Ah, but can the tour handle a double-headed Radwanska in the thick of things? Someone might have to shape a whale of a never-before-seen weapon to deal with that threat. ;)

Sat Nov 17, 08:38:00 PM EST  
Blogger Zidane said...

I can't believe how many sisters there are on tour! I'm not sure I want to overburden your sister watch in telling you that you're missing a pair - the Abandas. But I don't have the impression that Françoise's big sister, Elisabeth, intends to compete on tour - she only played in three ITF events in 2012, obtaining only one WTA point. Indeed she has NR right now.

Sat Nov 17, 10:55:00 PM EST  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

Zidane -

I've added the Abandas! Ah, another sibling combo to keep track of. :)

Sat Nov 17, 11:57:00 PM EST  
Blogger Eric said...

- sisters: hurricane and tornado

- mchale isn't a nextgen ranking to watch?

- speaking of not playing a lot... in 2010 serena only played 6 events and was ranked no.1 for most of the year and was passed at the end...finished at no.4

Sorry,I'm on the tablet...so I'm typing in phrases.

Thanks Todd!

Sun Nov 18, 12:33:00 AM EST  
Blogger Leif Mortensen said...

How come that statistics always are surprising and thoughtful? Maybe because you have to think again - as Jessica says wow you forget how young they are. That's exsactly the point we sometimes forget. Well in that light we can only be proud of them - 4 years ending in top 10 not bad from a 22 year old. Well done Todd - again ;-)

Sun Nov 18, 08:54:00 AM EST  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

Eric -

I'll add her to that list. Probably should have been there in the first place. Missed her. Oh, well. Better late than never. ;)

Leif -

And she might take the continued Top 10 streak over the ended New Haven one, as well. Well, at least that's what she can tell herself, which isn't so bad. :)

Sun Nov 18, 11:31:00 AM EST  
Blogger Jeppe said...

I don't think Serena actually played more than 13 events: 7 titles, 4 losses, 2 withdrawals. I believe WTA counts the mandatory events she missed (IW and Beijing) in their official total of 15.

Mon Nov 19, 05:16:00 AM EST  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

Hmmm, you know what? You're right about that. If you look at Serena's actual match activity list, she only PLAYED in 13 WTA events (not counting the two FC rounds, of course). So it's even more impressive that she ranks so high, even with two zero-point totals factored in.

Mon Nov 19, 12:16:00 PM EST  
Blogger Zidane said...

Wow, Dulko retired! Did. Not. See. That. Coming!

Mon Nov 19, 11:41:00 PM EST  
Blogger Ravine Panchgani said...

Google Sania Mirza images :) Enjoy guys ...

Tue Nov 20, 07:09:00 AM EST  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

Some belated sister news on the ITF circuit from this weekend:

-- in Zawada, Poland, Karolina Pliskova won the singles title, and shared the doubles crown with sister Kristyna

-- in Helsinki, Lyudmyla & Nadiya Kichenok took the doubles

Tue Nov 20, 06:03:00 PM EST  
Blogger Mark said...

How many more years does Date-Krumm have in her Todd?

Tue Nov 20, 10:12:00 PM EST  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

Ha - like trying to predict the weather. Just for the heck of it, I'll say two. :)

Wed Nov 21, 01:08:00 AM EST  

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