WTA Power Rankings: The Top 15 Women of 2009, First Edition

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WTA Power Rankings: The Top 15 Women of 2009, First Edition
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After the Australian Open, several minor tournaments have been played, but until the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, no tournament had carried much weight.

Will world No. 1 Serena Williams also top the first edition of the Power Rankings? What is going wrong for Jelena Jankovic?

The Power Rankings are derived from a formula which includes overall wins, wins against the WTA Top 25, WTA Points earned, opponents faced, and sets won.

Note: Players who have played five or less matches since Feb. 9 are not eligible for the Power Rankings.

So here they are:

 

1. VERA ZVONAREVA (RUS, WTA No. 5)

  • PR Points: 48.7
  • Record: 13-1
  • Level: White Hot

Vera won the title at Pattaya City and Indian Wells without dropping a set. She also dismissed four WTA Top 25 players in the process.

Yow.

 

2. VENUS WILLIAMS (USA, WTA No. 6)

  • PR Points: 40.4
  • Record: 10-0
  • Level: Scorching

Since her early exit at the Australian Open, Venus hasn't lost a match, easily claiming the titles at Dubai and Acapulco.

Watch out Miami!

 

3. AMELIE MAURESMO (FRA, WTA No. 20)

  • PR Points: 24.4
  • Record: 6-1
  • Level: On Fire

Remember her? The former two-time Slam champion has a party to crash.

She dumped Agnieszka Radwanska, Jelena Jankovic and Elena Dementieva in order to capture the Paris title.

 

4. ANA IVANOVIC (SRB, WTA No. 7)

  • PR Points: 23.3
  • Record: 7-2
  • Level: On Fire
Chalk up another solid performance for Ivanovic. After a quarterfinal loss to Serena Williams in Dubai, she came right back and made it to the final of Indian Wells.

5. VICTORIA AZARENKA (BLR, WTA No. 10)
  • PR Points: 16.4
  • Record: 9-1
  • Level: Hot
Azarenka has utterly devoured lesser opponents. She won the title in Memphis by defeating Caroline Wozniacki and went on to crush Dinara Safina's dream of being world No. 1 at Indian Wells.

6. SERENA WILLIAMS (USA, WTA No. 1)
  • PR Points: 15.8
  • Record: 6-2
  • Level: Warm/Hot
Serena hasn't failed to reach a semifinal this year. Despite not playing at Indian Wells, she still had enough to maintain her No. 1 ranking.
Just remember to thank Azarenka for that.

7. VIRGINIE RAZZANO (FRA, WTA No. 38)
  • PR Points: 13.8
  • Record: 6-3
  • Level: Warm
Razzano came out of next-to-nowhere to advance to the finals in Dubai. After hammering the likes of Safina, Zvonareva and Kaia Kanepi, Razzano all but slid back into the shadows at Indian Wells.

8. ELENA DEMENTIEVA (RUS, WTA No. 4)
  • PR Points: 12.7
  • Record: 6-3
  • Level: Warm
It has been the good, the bad and the ugly for Dementieva since the Australian Open.
The good? She reached the Paris final nearly by default.
The bad was a quarterfinal blowout loss to Venus Williams in Dubai.
And the ugly was a second-round exit in Indian Wells to No. 71 Petra Cetkovska.

9. ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA (RUS, WTA No. 27)
  • PR Points: 10.6
  • Record: 7-3
  • Level: Warm/Hot
Was it a coming out party for the 17-year-old Russian? After sustaining several bad losses, she crashed through the draw to the semifinals of Indian Wells.
It will be very interesting to see how she performs in Miami.

10. MARION BARTOLI (FRA, WTA No. 13)
  • PR Points: 7.9
  • Record: 7-2
  • Level: Lukewarm
Bartoli's season was looking way up after a title in Monterrey, but a second round exit at Indian Wells certainly didn't help her. 

11. CAROLINE WOZNIACKI (DEN, WTA No. 12)
  • PR Points: 7.5
  • Record: 9-3
  • Level: Lukewarm
After a marginally disappointing performance at Pattaya City, Wozniacki came right back, reaching the finals in Memphis and the quarterfinals of Indian Wells.
Too bad she ran into Vera Zvonareva or she would have gone farther.

12. KAIA KANEPI (EST, WTA No. 19)
  • PR Points: 7.1
  • Record: 6-3
  • Level: Cool
A straight sets victory over Jelena Jankovic is now clouded due to her early exit from Indian Wells.

13. JELENA JANKOVIC (SRB, WTA No. 3)
  • PR Points: 6.7
  • Record: 4-3
  • Level: Cool/Frostbit
She has now been hit by the upset train two tournaments in a row.
First to Kanepi in the third round of Dubai, then by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second round of Indian Wells.

14. SYBILLE BAMMER (AUT, WTA No. 24)
  • PR Points: 5.4
  • Record: 5-3
  • Level: Frostbit
A solid quarterfinal round performance at Indian Wells was soured by her later withdrawal.

15. FLAVIA PENNETTA (ITA, WTA No. 15)
  • PR Points: 4.5
  • Record: 7-4
  • Level: Frostbit
Pennetta has been all over the place. Her finals appearance at Acapulco was nice, but her first round loss to No. 137 Masa Zec-Peskiric in Bogota was well, not so nice.

That concludes the first edition of the WTA Power Rankings. Several other notables were Dinara Safina (21st) and Svetlana Kuznetsova (about last).
Since the Australian Open, Kuznetsova has lost in the first round twiceonce to a qualifier and once to a wild card.
Awesome.
Stay tuned for the ATP Power Rankings!

 

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