The two weeks of Paris claycourt excitement are over, and the rankings are mirroring the turbulence.
Dinara Safina is still No.1, despite her unfortunate and miserable loss in her second successive final of Roland Garros, and in general, the Top 4 order stayed unchanged, with Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Elena Dementieva all holding on to their positions.
The 2009 Roland Garros champion Svetlana Kuznetsova moved from No.7 to No.5.
Jelena Jankovic’s slide continues, as she dipped one spot, from No.5 to No.6, just like Vera Zvonareva, from No.6 to No.7. The biggest change in the Top 10 has happened to the last year’s Roland Garros champion Ana Ivanovic, who quickly fell from No.8 to No.13, after two solid years inside the Top 10 – including 12 weeks at No.1. As a result, Victoria Azarenka moved from No.9 to No.8; Caroline Wozniacki moved from No.10 to No.9; and Nadia Petrova rose from No.11 to No.10.
Unexpected Roland Garros semifinalists Dominika Cibulkova and Samantha Stosur both climbed a lot in the rankings. Cibulkova rose from No.19 to a career-high of No.14, while Stosur rose from No.32 to No.18 (she was previously ranked No.27 at most).
Li Na earned her place in the Top 20 for the first time since 2007 by rising from No.25 to No.20.
Sorana Cirstea broke into the Top 30 for the first time, climbing from No.41 to No.27, while Michelle Larcher de Brito and Stefanie Voegele both cracked the Top 100 for the first time.
And of course, former world No.1 Maria Sharapova, who played Roland Garros 2009 ranked 102nd, has risen to No.73 after her quarterfinal finish. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)
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