Wawrinka, Li Na achieve career high ranking positions after Aus Open success
Zee Media Bureau/Jayanta Oinam
New Delhi:In the latest ATP and WTA rankings, both the singles` winners – Stanislas Wawrinka and Li Na at Australian Open have gained career-high rankings at 3. With a championship winning, 2000 points each, Wawrinka and Li Na have 5,710 and 6,570 points respectively.
For Swiss Wawrinka, a gained of five places has, for the first time, in his career become a top three player. In the men`s tour, other respectable rise is for the Bulgarian, Roger Federer look-a-like, Grigor Dimitrov, especially after his impressive Australian Open performance. The 2014 quarter-finalist at Melbourne Park is now ranked 19th , gaining three places.
The two top players retained their places. Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who surprisingly lost to Wawrinka in the Australian Open final, has 14,330 points, 3710 ahead of second ranked Slovak Novak Djokovic. However, in the top ten, David Ferrer of Spain, Andy Murray of Great Britain and Roger Federer of Switzerland dropped two places each and are now ranked 5th, 6th and 8th in the world.
In the women`s tour, Serena Williams retained her numero uno status despite her fourth round exit in the Australian Open, with 13000 points. Another 6419 points behind the American is Victoria Azarenka, who also retained her spot. China`s Li Na previously ranked 4th, is now 3rd in the world with only 9 points behind the Belarusian.
Like Li, Polish Agnieszka Radwanska also gained a ranking place is now 4th. Dominika Cibulkova, who lost the Chinese player in the final of the Aus Open, has gained 11 positions to climbed at 13th. However, for the former 3rd ranked player – Maria Sharapova, she is dropped to 5th place following the shake-up.
In the men`s doubles, Bryan brothers – Bob and Mike retained their top rank so thus the next two rankings in Alexander Peya (AUT)-Bruno Soares (BRA) and Marcelo Melo (BRA)-Ivan Dogic (CRO) in second and third places respectively. In the women`s doubles, the Italian pair of Sara Erani and Roberta Vinci is still the world no. 1.