WTA Rankings Following Toronto: Maria Sharapova, Kim Clijsters Down

Shane Lambert@uncoolnegatedAnalyst IIJanuary 15, 2017

TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 11:  Maria Sharapova of Russia returns to Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan on Day 4 of the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank at the Rexall Centre on August 11, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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The WTA have updated their rankings following the results from the Premier Mandatory event in Toronto and there have been several changes in the top 10.

Caroline Wozniacki, despite the early loss in Toronto, is still on top of the world but Kim Clijsters and her bothersome stomach muscle have slid down to third.

Maria Sharapova is another player who fell a couple spots as the Russian, who suffered an upset loss in Toronto, is now ranked seventh.

The complete top ten according to the August 15 rankings is below:

1.  Caroline Wozniacki
2.  Vera Zvonareva
3.  Kim Clijsters
4.  Victoria Azarenka
5.  Na Li
6.  Petra Kvitova
7.  Maria Sharapova
8.  Francesca Schiavone
9.  Marion Bartoli
10. Samantha Stosur

The big story with the rankings of course is the rise of Serena Williams following her title in Toronto.

After winning the event with a victory over Samantha Stosur, Williams looked good to crack the top 30 however she has settled as the 31st player as of August 15.

That ranking certainly does not reflect how dangerous she is but with no ranking points to defend until Eastbourne 2012 she can only go upward at this point.

Another player who made a substantial jump with the new rankings is Galina Voskoboeva. The Kazahkstani player scythed through the qualifiers in Toronto and then pulled off a series of upsets in the main draw.

Her progress was stopped in the quarterfinals. However, entering Toronto she was ranked just 135th. A quarterfinal appearance in a Premier Mandatory event is a windfall for ranking points for such a low ranked player and Voskoboeva is now ranked 87th.

The combined men's and women's event from Cincinnati is up next with Serena Williams and Samantha Stosur possibly facing in the second round.