WTA Tour rankings: Feb. 3, 2014

No changes in the top 10; Maria Sharapova would have had to do more than she did in Paris to move up.

But Paris champ Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova did make a move, from No. 26 to No. 21.

She beat three top 10 players back to back to back to do it: Kerber, Sharapova and Errani in the final. All her matches went three sets. It definitely sent a message: body type and fitness are not necessarily endemically related. She’s certainly made some strides in that area.

Pavlyuchenkova’s career best was No. 13 after Wimbledon 2011; that’s really more where she should be, given her talent level. But she has to produce on a more regular basis to get back there.

Heating up:

Ekaterina Makarova (RUS): No. 28 —-> No. 23 (Pattaya champ)
Andrea Petkovic (GER): No. 39 —-> No. 36
Karin Knapp (ITA): No. 45 —-> No. 40
Karolina Pliskova (CZE): No. 66 —-> No. 53 (Pattaya finalist, 21, reaches a career high)
Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ): No. 71 —-> No. 63
Julia Goerges (GER): No. 102 —-> No. 88 (Hard to believe she was out of the top 100, but it happened)
Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN): No. 105 —-> No. 97
Andrea Hlavackova (CZE): No. 126 —-> No. 109

Cooling off:

Maria Kirilenko (RUS): No. 20 —-> No. 24 (absence because of injury drops her out of the top 20).
Sorana Cirstea (ROU): No. 23—-> No. 26
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA): No. 62—-> No. 72 (despite a good win in Paris, the Oz Open mixed doubles champ drops)
Kiki Bertens (NED): No. 88 —-> No. 124 (Bertens lost in the first round of qualifying in Paris; a year ago, she ran through the qualies all the way to the semifinals, earning 200 points in the process)

 

 

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