Ups and downs in the rankings after the 2009 French Open

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Ana Ivanovic falls out of Top 10The 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)


  1. Ana doesn’t look happy at all in that photo! Sharapova has certainly made a big jump back into the top 20. Let’s hope she continues her good form on the grass.

  2. Ana’s slump is the most painful one at the moment. Haha, Bróna, slow down. Sharapova’s No.73, she’s not in the Top 20 yet. 😀

  3. Ana’s slump is really bad and honestly I only see it getting worse. Thanks for pointing that one out to me Marija, I meant top 100 :). I hope Sharapova gets into the top 20 again and I think it’s highly likely.

  4. I’ll settle for top 20 for the moment. I think top 5 will come in its own time. Hopefully anyway. No. 1???? 😀

  5. I think both Sharapova and Ivanovic are quite lucky right now because they have very little points to defend from Wimbledon so then can revamp (Ivanovic’s case) their career. Well, I hope Jankovic gets back to business… :/


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