Women's Power Rankings: Jankovic Grabs Pole Position

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Women's Power Rankings: Jankovic Grabs Pole Position

1. Jelena Jankovic: Last Four Tournaments Played: Cincinnati [Winner], Stanford [Quarter finalist], Wimbledon [Third Round] and Eastbourne [First Round]. Total Points: 863.

Based on the new point system devised by Feng Rong, Jelena Jankovic features in the top spot of this week's WTA power rankings.

After her win at Cincinnati, the Serb, who had been playing some out-of-form tennis, looks to have fixed the glitch that was hampering her performance throughout the 2009 season.


2. Dinara Safina: Last Four Tournaments Played:
Cincinnati [Finalist], LA Tennis Championship [Fourth Round], Slovenia Open [Winner] and Wimbledon [Semifinalist]. Total Points: 779.

The World No. 1's great show at the WTA tournaments marks her stay at the top of the power rankings for such a long time, though this week, she finds herself shunted as the numero uno among the ladies.

Moreover, with Toronto masters around the corner and given Safina's dominance in the masters, her position among the top three in the power rankings ratings looks very difficult to placate.


3. Flavia Pennetta: Last Four Tournaments Played:
Cincinnati [Semifinalist], LA Tennis Championship [Winner], Palermo Open [Winner] and Wimbledon [Third Round]. Total Points: 663.

The Italian who has demonstrated an excellent show of tennis in the second half of the season, finds her name mentioned, for the first time in this week's edition of the power rankings.

And if her solid performance continues, one can expect Pennetta, to move higher up the rankings in the weeks to follow.


4. Elena Dementieva: Last Four Tournaments Played:
Cincinnati [Semifinalist], Stanford [Semifinalist], Wimbledon [Semifinalist] and Eastbourne [Second Round]. Total Points: 552.

The Russian has always maintained her consistency, not only in the WTA events but also in the slams as well; her performances helping her to retain her top ten spot not only in the power rankings, but also in the official WTA rankings as well.

Dementieva's consistency is the key as she forms a regular mention in the power rankings concept.


5. Serena Williams: Last Four Tournaments Played:
Cincinnati [Fourth Round], Stanford [Third Round], Wimbledon [Winner] and Roland Garros [Quarter finalist]. Total Points: 481.

For Serena, it's all about the slams as she fails to make much of an impact on the masters' events, while her slam performances belittle every other player facing her as the rival.

While, at the same time, her masters' performances are nothing to boast about, they are still enough to fortify her position in the power rankings system.


6. Venus Williams: Last Four Tournaments Played:
Cincinnati [Third Round], Stanford [Finalist], Wimbledon [Finalist] and Roland Garros [Third Round]. Total Points: 431.

The elder Williams seems to have lost some of her old grandeur as she fails prey over and over again to lesser ranked rivals.

Her season so far has been nothing extra-ordinary, and with very few tournaments remaining in the year—not to forget just one last slam to go, Venus looks to have very little time in her hand to rejuvenate herself.


7. Svetlana Kuznetsova: Last Four Tournaments Played:
Cincinnati [Third Round], Wimbledon [Third Round], Eastbourne [First Round] and Roland Garros [Winner]. Total Points: 315,

The French Open 2009 winner hasn't been able to deliver the same level of performance, allowing her form to dip after her euphoric victory.

Her lack of form, mainly to injuries have forced the Russian to compromise involuntarily with her playing potential forcing her to take a backseat when she could have improver her rankings substantially.


8. Daniela Hantuchova: Last Four Tournaments Played:
Cincinnati [Fourth Round], LA Tennis Championship [Second Round], Stanford [Quarter finalist] and Wimbledon [Fourth Round]. Total Points: 300.

The Slovak, once a top 10 WTA player, now finds herself out of the top bracket; her recent performances, however, have provided a break through for her, as she manages to make a maiden appearance in this edition of the power rankings.

Will she continue to improve or will she allow herself to slide downhill will be clearer as the rest of the season runs it's course.


9. Caroline Wozniacki: Last Four Tournaments Played:
Cincinnati [Quarterfinalist], LA Tennis Championship [Second Round], Swedish Open [Finalist] and Wimbledon [fourth round]. Total Points: 274.

The teenager, who looked set to settle herself in the top ten bracket, suffered a setback as injuries forced her out in important tournaments.

But, if her recent performance at Cincinnati is taken into consideration, Caroline's fans can and should hope for a successful run from her side for the rest of the season.


10. Samantha Stosur: Last Four Tournaments Played:
LA Tennis Championship [Finalist], Stanford [Semifinalist], Wimbledon [Third Round] and Eastbourne [Second Round]. Total Points: 256.

The Aussie, is the third and the final player to mark her debut in the power rankings concept with her impressive showmanship at Los Angeles and Stanford; however, it will remain to be seen as to how far Stosur is able to deliver such gunning tennis as the likes of the Jankovic and the Clijsters look geared and poised to strike.

 

Outside Looking In:

1. Victoria Azarenka : Last Four Tournaments Played: Cincinnati [Third Round], LA Tennis Championship [Second Round], Wimbledon [Quarter finalist] and Roland Garros [Quarter finalist]. Total Points: 227.

Azarenka has shown tremendous potential throughout this season, though her performances have also vacillated periodically at the same time.

Once featuring in the top ten slot in the power rankings, Azarenka's inconsistencies are responsible for her downslide in the power rankings, which she should improve, considering her potential.


2. Agnieska Radwanska: Last Four Tournaments Played:
Cincinnati [Second Round], LA Tennis Championship [Quarter finalist], Stanford [ Second Round] and Wimbledon [Quarter finalist]. Total Points: 211.

Radwanska, to put it simply has shown promise and if that promise continues to hold along with her deliverance to the same, she could find herself re-listed alongside the top ten ladies of women's tennis like she was once featured.

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