Women's Tennis Power Rankings: June 8

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Women's Tennis Power Rankings: June 8
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1. Dinara Safina: WTA Ranking: 1

Last Four Tournaments Played: Roland Garros [Finalist] 1400 pts; Madrid [Winner] 1000 pts; Rome [Winner] 800 pts; Stuttgart [Finalist] 320 pts. Total pts 3520.

Thanks to the strength of her overall clay season, she remains atop the WTA tour rankings and this week’s power rankings. But this is probably an empty feeling for the Russian, as she has lost her third slam final, and the first she was actually favored to win.

The expected coronation did not occur and now appears more distant than ever.

 

2. Svetlana Kuznetsova: WTA Ranking: 5

Last Four Tournaments Played: Roland Garros [Winner] 2000 pts; Madrid [R32] 5 pts; Rome [Finalist] 550 pts; Stuttgart [Winner] 470 pts. Total pts 3025.

A slam win is even sweeter the second time, especially when it’s been five years since the first.

In her fourth Grand Slam final, the tenacious Russian finally followed up on her breakthrough in 2004, and her ranking may be headed in the opposite direction as her countrywoman Safina’s.

 

3. Dominika Cibulkova: WTA Ranking 14

Last Four Tournaments Played: Roland Garros [Semifinalist] 900 pts; Stuttgart [R32] 1 pt.; Charleston [Quarterfinalist] 120 pts; Ponte Verda Beach [Quarterfinalist] 70 pts. Total pts 1091.

The undersized Slovakian made waves at this year’s RG when she nearly double-bageled Maria Sharapova. Her French run alone is enough to put her on this week’s power rankings, and now we’ll find out if she can build upon it.

 

4. Victoria Azarenka: WTA Ranking 8

Last Four Tournaments Played: Roland Garros [Quarterfinalist] 500 pts; Madrid [R16] 140 pts; Rome [Semifinalist] 350 pts; Stuttgart [R32] 60 pts. Total pts 1050.

The rising Belarusian was responsible for the only set Safina lost before the final but couldn’t close the deal then. Even so, it was another solid result for the rising almost-20-year-old, who continues to climb in the rankings.

 

5. Caroline Wozniacki: WTA Ranking 9

Last Four Tournaments Played: Roland Garros [R32] 160 pts; Madrid [Finalist] 700 pts; Rome [R16] 110 pts; Stuttgart [R16] 60 pts. Total pts 1030.

Given the strong spring Wozniacki put up, her third round exit at the RG may have been disappointing. However, her recent performances have been good enough for her to stay the top half of the power rankings.

 

6. Samantha Stosur: WTA Ranking 18

Last Four Tournaments Played: Roland Garros [Semifinalist] 900 pts; Madrid [R32] 80 pts; Rome [R64] 1 pt.; Ponte Verda Beach [R64] 1 pt. Total pts 982.

Other than Safina’s finals meltdown, the biggest surprise may have been the strong run from the Australian Stosur, who gave Kuznetsova all she could handle in the semis.

 

7. Jelena Jankovic: WTA Ranking 6

Last Four Tournaments Played: Roland Garros [R16] 280 pts; Madrid [Quarterfinalist] 250 pts; Rome [Quarterfinalist] 200 pts; Porsche Grand Prix [Quarterfinalist] 120 pts. Total pts 850.

The former No. 1’s slide continues. Expectations may be lower for her at Wimbledon, where she reached the fourth round last year, but she’ll have a lot of points to defend at the US Open.

 

8. Elena Dementieva: WTA Ranking 4

Last Four Tournaments Played: Roland Garros [R32] 160 pts; Madrid [R16] 140 pts; Porsche Grand Prix [Semifinalist] 200 pts; Charleston [Semifinalist] 200 pts. Total pts 700.

She had a strong start to the year, but this two-time Grand Slam finalist has been looking less and less threatening with each event she plays. 

 


9. Agnieszka Radwanska: WTA Ranking 11

Last Four Tournaments Played: Roland Garros [R16] 280 pts; Madrid [R32] 5 pts; Rome [Quarterfinalist] 200 pts; Porsche Grand Prix [Quarterfinalist] 120 pts. Total pts 605.

After a steady series of recent results, the Pole Radwanska is inching closer to the game’s elite, now just one spot from a top 10 ranking.

 

10. Agnes Szavay: WTA Ranking 29

Last Four Tournaments Played: Roland Garros [R16] 280 pts; Madrid [Quarterfinalist] 250 pts; Rome [R64] 1 pt; Stuttgart [R16] 60 pts. Total pts 591.

Her ranking isn’t that high yet, but Szavay’s recent drubbing of Venus Williams was the highlight of a solid RG performance.

 

Outside Looking In

1. Venus Williams: WTA Ranking 3

Last Four Tournaments Played: Roland Garros [R32] 160; Madrid [R32] 5 pts; Rome [Semifinalist] 350 pts; Charleston [R16] 60 pts. Total pts 575.

A third round loss at the RG indicates that the elder Williams is already looked forward to Wimbledon, where she’s the two-time defending champ.

 

2. Serena Williams: WTA Ranking 2

Last Four Tournaments Played: Roland Garros [Quarterfinalist] 500 pts; Madrid [R64] 5 pts; Rome [R32] 1 pt; Marbella [R32] 1 pt. Total pts 507.

The younger Williams put up a decent showing at the RG, considering the fact that injury derailed her at the warm-up events. That she very nearly stopped eventual champion Kuznetsova in the quarters is a result that looks much better in hindsight.

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