Women's Tennis

Women's Tennis Power Rankings: Samantha Stosur Soars to the Top

Ronger FengererCorrespondent IApril 26, 2010

We are now three weeks into the clay-court season, and four clay-court tournaments have been completed. With four more Premier events in the next few weeks leading to Roland Garros, the best is yet to come.

Until then, here is our latest power rankings.


The Top 10

1. Samantha Stosur (Last Power Ranking: 5; WTA Ranking: 10)

Last Four Tournaments: Charleston [Winner], Miami [Quarterfinalist], Indian Wells [Semifinalist], Dubai [R64]

Power Ranking Points: 373

Samantha Stosur won her biggest singles title in Charleston one week ago. The win propelled her back to WTA top 10 and to the top of our power rankings. She is quite comfortable on clay, making it to the semifinals at Roland Garros last year. Look for her to do well in the remainder of the clay-court season. She took a wild card to play at Stuttgart this week, and is scheduled to meet Marion Bartoli in the first round.

2. Caroline Wozniacki (Last Power Ranking: 2; WTA Ranking: 2)

Last Four Tournaments: Charleston [Semifinalist], Ponte Vedra Beach [Winner], Miami [Quarterfinalist], Indian Wells [Finalist]

Power Ranking Points: 373

Caroline Wozniacki has been playing some excellent tennis of late, winning at Ponte Vedra Beach and finishing runner-up at Indian Wells. She might have been able to maintain her winning ways in Charleston, but unfortunately rolled her ankle during her semifinal clash with Vera Zvonareva. It appears though the injury is not very serious, as she is the top-seed at Stuttgart this week. She is currently enjoying her career high WTA ranking of No. 2.


3. Venus Williams (Last Power Ranking: 4; WTA Ranking: 4)

Last Four Tournaments: Miami [Finalist], Acapulco [Winner], Dubai [Winner], Australian Open [Quarterfinalist]

Power Ranking Points: 335

Venus Williams has not played since finishing runner-up to the lady ranked just below her in Miami. Clay is not her forte, but a win in Acapulco earlier this year shows that she has the ability to do well on the red dirt. However, with her younger sister playing unbelievable tennis in the past few Grand Slams and the clay queen Justin Henin back in the mix, maybe a title run at Roland Garros is not going to happen for the veteran this year.


4. Kim Clijsters (Last Power Ranking: OLI; WTA Ranking: 11)

Last Four Tournaments: Marbella [R16], Miami [Winner], Indian Wells [R32], Australian Open [R32]

Power Ranking Points: 286

Kim Clijsters showed her hard-court prowess once more in Miami, winning the "fifth Grand Slam" for the second time in her career. An immediate transition to clay proved to be too much to ask, as she fell in the round of 16 at Marbella.

She played for Belgium in the Fed Cup last weekend, winning the first rubber. But a foot injury forced her to withdraw from the remaining matches. The injury appears to be quite severe, and it is not clear whether she will recover quickly enough to compete at Roland Garros.

5. Jelena Jankovic (Last Power Ranking: 1; WTA Ranking: 7)

Last Four Tournaments: Charleston [Quarterfinalist], Miami [R16], Indian Wells [Winner], Monterrey [R32]

Power Ranking Points : 262

Jelena Jankovic has not been able to maintain her top form since her title run at Indian Wells. She has lost to Daniela Hantuchova twice in as many weeks, first at Charleston then at the Fed Cup. She can play quite well on clay, making it to two consecutive semifinals at Roland Garros in 2007 and 2008. As the No. 4 seed at Stuttgart this week, she plays Gisela Dulko in the first round.


6. Justine Henin (Last Power Ranking: 7; WTA Ranking: 24)

Last Four Tournaments: Miami [Semifinalist], Indian Wells [R64], Australian Open [Finalist], Brisbane [Finalist]

Power Ranking Points: 241

Justine Henin has not been active since Miami, where she made it to the semifinals and lost another hard-fought match to her countrywoman Clijsters.

A finger injury initially prevented her from participating in the Fed Cup last weekend, but she decided to play for the injured Clijsters later on, though she lost her rubber against Kaia Kanepi. She has taken a wildcard to play at Stuttgart this week. As the "defending champion" at Roland Garros, nothing short of the title would be good enough for the clay queen.

7. Vera Zvonareva (Last Power Ranking: 8; WTA Ranking: 19)

Last Four Tournaments: Charleston [Finalist], Miami [R16], Indian Wells [R16], Dubai [Quarterfinalist]

Power Ranking Points: 241

Vera Zvonareva is slowly working back to her top form. After a runner-up effort at Charleston, the former world No. 5 has returned to the WTA top 20. She did not play at Roland Garros last year, so she has a good chance to move up the rankings should she perform well there this year. Her best effort there came in 2003, when she made to the quarterfinals.

8. Agnieszka Radwanska (Last Power Ranking: 3; WTA Ranking: 8)

Last Four Tournaments: Miami [Quarterfinalist], Indian Wells [Semifinalist], Dubai [Semifinalist], Australian Open [R32]

Power Ranking Points: 189

Agnieszka Radwanska has been playing solid tennis during the first hard-court season. She has been ranked WTA No. 8, a career high, since February. She is playing her first clay-court tournament at Stuttgart this week, where she is seeded at No. 5. She is scheduled to play Ana Ivanovic in the first round. Though the Serb has been struggling mightily ever since she won Roland Garros two years ago, she is still a very dangerous opponent, especially on clay.


9. Francesca Schiavone (Last Power Ranking: NR; WTA Ranking: 17)

Last Four Tournaments: Barcelona [Winner], Miami [R32], Indian Wells [R32], Dubai [R32]

Power Ranking Points : 180

Francesca Schiavone won her third career title at Barcelona a week ago. At the Fed Cup last weekend, she and Flavia Pennetta, the winner at Marbella two weeks ago, teamed up to lead Italy to a fourth Fed Cup final in five years. She is set to play at Stuttgart this week, and will challenge Yanina Wickmayer, the No. 8 seed, in the first round.

10. Daniela Hantuchova (Last Power Ranking: NR; WTA Ranking: 23)

Last Four Tournaments: Charleston [Semifinalist], Miami [R16], Indian Wells [R128], Monterrey [Finalist]

Power Ranking Points: 161

Daniela Hantuchova made the cut due to her semifinal effort at Charleston, where she lost to the eventual champion Stosur. She did her country great service last weekend at the Fed Cup by winning both of her singles rubbers and the live doubles rubber. She is taking a much deserved break this week.


Outside Looking In

Marion Bartoli (Last Power Ranking: 10; WTA Ranking: 13)

Power Ranking Points: 149

Marion Bartoli retired during her opening match against Peng Shuai at Charleston, but is scheduled to return to action at Stuttgart this week. She must not like Chinese players much—three of her five losses this year have come at the hands of Chinese players.


Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Last Power Ranking: 9; WTA Ranking: 29)

Power Ranking Points: 107

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has shown great potential this year. She won her first career singles title in Monterrey in March. The young Russian is surely one of the rising stars on the WTA tour.

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