Change was the order of the day following Wimbledon. The hard-court season for the ladies got underway while a handful of players scattered to participate in the few clay-court events relegated to July.
The Wimbledon champion who was ranked No.1 in our last Power Ranking retired from the game. Maid Marion Bartoli bid her adieus and faded into the sunset, seeking new worlds to conquer.
Meanwhile, Maria Sharapova hired and fired Jimmy Connors in a sudden burst of anger. The Russian superstar has played little during the summer hard-court season—marking a shaky preamble to her U.S. Open campaign.
Power rankings focus on those players who have found success recently. Since many top seeds did not fare well on the hard courts, they are absent from our current list. But that does not mean they will not do well once they reach Flushing Meadows.
In order to win a spot on our current Power Ranking, a player had to accumulate at least 300 WTA ranking points between Wimbledon and the start of the U.S. Open.
As we head to Flushing Meadows, following are the Top 20 players who fared the best over the last seven weeks. They look to have an edge at this year’s U.S. Open.