Angelique Kerber is in a good position to reclaim the World No. 1 ranking heading into #Indian Wells . The German, after winning the 2016 Australian Open, did not enjoy much success on tour again until Stuttgart and Wimbledon 2016. That means that she has very few ranking points to defend at this time of year, including at this week's upcoming tournament in Indian Wells. However, #Serena Williams , the current World No. 1, does have some work to do to duplicate her success from a season ago. The situation as it is, the World No. 1 is back on Kerber's radar in California after losing top spot earlier this year.
Kerber did do not well at the Australian Open earlier this season, falling in the fourth round to Coco Vandeweghe.
However, the German still has her run to the Wimbledon final and her US Open championship, among other results, still active. Despite a poor start to the 2017 season, her overall last 52 weeks have been strong.BNP Paribas Open a major event
The rankings won't update again until after Indian Wells in a couple of week's time. However, on live rankings Serena Williams has fallen to the No. 2 position. Those aren't official rankings, but rather they take into account the current tournament round-for-round instead of waiting for the official updates afterward. Live-tennis.eu show Kerber as holding 7405 live points while Williams has 7140. The two players are in a battle for top spot on tour in California, a tournament that will start this Thursday and that will then be played over the next week and a half.Karolina Pliskova on the radar
Czech player Karolina Pliskova is also a player in the mix for the World No. 1 in the weeks ahead. She can't catch either Kerber or Williams in the rankings with the direct results from Indian Wells. However, Pliskova can certainly get to the No. 1 ranking if she does well in Indian Wells and Miami combined. Last season, she made the semifinals in Indian Wells but lost in the round of 64 in Miami. If she can put together two deep runs in the tournaments this season, including one ending in a title, then she should find herself very much in the thick of things when it comes to the top spot on tour with the first rankings in April. #world no 1
Check-out the complete list of women´s singles rankings as on July 21, 2014.
(Previous Rank, Current Rank, Player, Country, Date of Birth, Points, Tournaments)
 1 WILLIAMS, SERENA UNITED STATES 26 SEP 1981 9231 16
 2 LI, NA CHINA 26 FEB 1982 6960 14
 3 HALEP, SIMONA ROMANIA 27 SEP 1991 6785 21
 4 KVITOVA, PETRA CZECH REPUBLIC 08 MAR 1990 6070 20
 5 RADWANSKA, AGNIESZKA POLAND 06 MAR 1989 5330 22
 6 SHARAPOVA, MARIA RUSSIA 19 APR 1987 4881 16
 7 BOUCHARD, EUGENIE CANADA 25 FEB 1994 4460 24
 8 KERBER, ANGELIQUE GERMANY 18 JAN 1988 4365 24
 9 JANKOVIC, JELENA SERBIA 28 FEB 1985 3900 22
 10 AZARENKA, VICTORIA BELARUS 31 JUL 1989 3812 15
 11 IVANOVIC, ANA SERBIA 06 NOV 1987 3660 22
 12 CIBULKOVA, DOMINIKA SLOVAKIA 06 MAY 1989 3636 23
 13 WOZNIACKI, CAROLINE DENMARK 11 JUL 1990 3050 19
 14 PENNETTA, FLAVIA ITALY 25 FEB 1982 3039 20
 15 ERRANI, SARA ITALY 29 APR 1987 3035 23
 16 SUAREZ NAVARRO, CARLA SPAIN 03 SEP 1988 2695 26
 17 SAFAROVA, LUCIE CZECH REPUBLIC 04 FEB 1987 2675 23
 18 PETKOVIC, ANDREA GERMANY 09 SEP 1987 2460 24
 19 STOSUR, SAMANTHA AUSTRALIA 30 MAR 1984 2415 24
 20 MAKAROVA, EKATERINA RUSSIA 07 JUN 1988 2380 18
 21 CORNET, ALIZE FRANCE 22 JAN 1990 2075 24
 22 STEPHENS, SLOANE UNITED STATES 20 MAR 1993 2050 23
 23 VINCI, ROBERTA ITALY 18 FEB 1983 1930 26
 24 PAVLYUCHENKOVA, ANASTASIA RUSSIA 03 JUL 1991 1890 23
 25 WILLIAMS, VENUS UNITED STATES 17 JUN 1980 1726 16
 26 KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA RUSSIA 27 JUN 1985 1646 18
 27 KEYS, MADISON UNITED STATES 17 FEB 1995 1575 21
 28 MUGURUZA, GARBINE SPAIN 08 OCT 1993 1535 15
 29 CIRSTEA, SORANA ROMANIA 07 APR 1990 1521 23
 30 LISICKI, SABINE GERMANY 22 SEP 1989 1427 18
 31 HANTUCHOVA, DANIELA SLOVAKIA 23 APR 1983 1420 24
 32 ZHANG, SHUAI CHINA 21 JAN 1989 1396 29
 33 DELLACQUA, CASEY AUSTRALIA 11 FEB 1985 1380 14
 34 ZAHLAVOVA STRYCOVA, BARBORA CZECH REPUBLIC 28 MAR 1986 1371 21
 35 KOUKALOVA, KLARA CZECH REPUBLIC 24 FEB 1982 1355 29
 36 RYBARIKOVA, MAGDALENA SLOVAKIA 04 OCT 1988 1345 27
 37 SVITOLINA, ELINA UKRAINE 12 SEP 1994 1325 27
 38 GIORGI, CAMILA ITALY 31 DEC 1991 1282 19
 39 NARA, KURUMI JAPAN 30 DEC 1991 1274 25
 40 JOVANOVSKI, BOJANA SERBIA 31 DEC 1991 1200 25
 41 VANDEWEGHE, COCO UNITED STATES 06 DEC 1991 1164 22
 42 BARTHEL, MONA GERMANY 11 JUL 1990 1158 28
 43 DAVIS, LAUREN UNITED STATES 09 OCT 1993 1140 22
 44 GARCIA, CAROLINE FRANCE 16 OCT 1993 1139 26
 45 PLISKOVA, KAROLINA CZECH REPUBLIC 21 MAR 1992 1130 30
 46 RISKE, ALISON UNITED STATES 03 JUL 1990 1121 24
 47 FLIPKENS, KIRSTEN BELGIUM 10 JAN 1986 1110 24
 48 VESNINA, ELENA RUSSIA 01 AUG 1986 1075 22
 49 LEPCHENKO, VARVARA UNITED STATES 21 MAY 1986 1051 24
 50 PENG, SHUAI CHINA 08 JAN 1986 1045 23
 51 MCHALE, CHRISTINA UNITED STATES 11 MAY 1992 1045 23
 52 KANEPI, KAIA ESTONIA 10 JUN 1985 1030 21
 53 SHVEDOVA, YAROSLAVA KAZAKHSTAN 12 SEP 1987 1017 24
 54 DIYAS, ZARINA KAZAKHSTAN 18 OCT 1993 1007 26
 55 PIRONKOVA, TSVETANA BULGARIA 13 SEP 1987 996 22
 56 TOMLJANOVIC, AJLA CROATIA 07 MAY 1993 985 27
 57 WATSON, HEATHER UNITED KINGDOM 19 MAY 1992 980 25
 58 NICULESCU, MONICA ROMANIA 25 SEP 1987 935 26
 59 ZHENG, JIE CHINA 05 JUL 1983 933 19
 60 MEUSBURGER, YVONNE AUSTRIA 03 OCT 1983 905 25
 61 BENCIC, BELINDA SWITZERLAND 10 MAR 1997 903 18
 62 CEPELOVA, JANA SLOVAKIA 29 MAY 1993 894 24
 63 TORRO-FLOR, MARIA-TERESA SPAIN 02 MAY 1992 889 23
 64 BEGU, IRINA-CAMELIA ROMANIA 26 AUG 1990 888 27
 65 WICKMAYER, YANINA BELGIUM 20 OCT 1989 884 25
 66 CETKOVSKA, PETRA CZECH REPUBLIC 08 FEB 1985 874 22
 67 BECK, ANNIKA GERMANY 16 FEB 1994 856 29
 68 SCHMIEDLOVA, ANNA SLOVAKIA 13 SEP 1994 844 25
 69 PUIG, MONICA PUERTO RICO 27 SEP 1993 817 22
 70 HERCOG, POLONA SLOVENIA 20 JAN 1991 806 20
 71 SCHEEPERS, CHANELLE SOUTH AFRICA 13 MAR 1984 795 25
 72 VOEGELE, STEFANIE SWITZERLAND 10 MAR 1990 790 28
 73 SOLER-ESPINOSA, SILVIA SPAIN 19 NOV 1987 780 27
 74 KNAPP, KARIN ITALY 28 JUN 1987 775 24
 75 SCHIAVONE, FRANCESCA ITALY 23 JUN 1980 770 28
 76 VEKIC, DONNA CROATIA 28 JUN 1996 755 20
 77 KING, VANIA UNITED STATES 03 FEB 1989 740 22
 78 BERTENS, KIKI NETHERLANDS 10 DEC 1991 736 18
 79 BACSINSZKY, TIMEA SWITZERLAND 08 JUN 1989 703 16
 80 DOI, MISAKI JAPAN 29 APR 1991 695 28
 81 MLADENOVIC, KRISTINA FRANCE 14 MAY 1993 693 29
 82 ERAKOVIC, MARINA NEW ZEALAND 06 MAR 1988 689 25
 83 MAYR-ACHLEITNER, PATRICIA AUSTRIA 08 NOV 1986 689 28
 84 KLEYBANOVA, ALISA RUSSIA 15 JUL 1989 688 16
 85 FICHMAN, SHARON CANADA 03 DEC 1990 687 22
 86 VAN UYTVANCK, ALISON BELGIUM 26 MAR 1994 676 26
 87 DATE-KRUMM, KIMIKO JAPAN 28 SEP 1970 666 22
 88 ORMAECHEA, PAULA ARGENTINA 28 SEP 1992 663 26
 89 KONTA, JOHANNA UNITED KINGDOM 17 MAY 1991 657 25
 90 PEER, SHAHAR ISRAEL 01 MAY 1987 654 23
 91 DUVAL, VICTORIA UNITED STATES 30 NOV 1995 650 20
 92 GOERGES, JULIA GERMANY 02 NOV 1988 650 26
 93 KIRILENKO, MARIA RUSSIA 25 JAN 1987 644 16
 94 PLISKOVA, KRISTYNA CZECH REPUBLIC 21 MAR 1992 644 28
 95 PARMENTIER, PAULINE FRANCE 31 JAN 1986 637 26
 96 DULGHERU, ALEXANDRA ROMANIA 30 MAY 1989 637 24
 97 PEREIRA, TELIANA BRAZIL 20 JUL 1988 635 29
 98 SMITKOVA, TEREZA CZECH REPUBLIC 10 OCT 1994 629 24
 99 ARRUABARRENA, LARA SPAIN 20 MAR 1992 625 25
 100 BABOS, TIMEA HUNGARY 10 MAY 1993 620 25
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Serena Williams – The World’s Best
By Hiland Doolittle, February 6th, 2009
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Serena Williams – Still the best
Serena’s ranking is a lot like her game. She puts it out there and challenges the world to take it away. As she proved in the 2009 Australian Open, she is the force to beat in Women’s Tennis.
Serena started slowly in the Australian heat and was fortunate to turn back a trio of hard hitting Russian challengers en route to a stunningly convincing 6-0, 6-3 final match victory over third seeded Dinara Safina. The impressive march to the championship was filled with adversity including a near upset by eight seeded Svetiana Kuznetsova in the quarter-finals and a tight semi-final match against fourth seeded Elena Dementieva.
The 2009 Australian Open had remarkable similarities to Serena’s overall career. Originally overshadowed by her older sister, Venus, Serena has always been able to rise to the occasion and claim her rightful spot.
As the Melbourne tournament unfolded, Serena got better and better with each round. By the time she reached the finals, there was no turning her aside. Her powerful serve and ground strokes seemed to wear down the opposition.Serena Williams Profile
Serena has captured four Australian Opens. After her win over Safina, Williams rejoiced in her typically straight-forward manner proclaiming, “I always believe I’m the best, whether I’m number one or whether I’m a hundred. Just having that extra bonus is pretty cool.”
As long as Serena is on the tour, players like Safina, Kusnetsova and Dementieva will be under pressure to elevate their play to remain competitive.
Serena Williams after Winning Australian Open 2009 Title
Coupled with her 2008 U.S. Open Championship, Serena has now won consecutive Grand Slams for the first time since 2003. Serena did not perform up to her usual standards at the French Open in Paris in 2008, the site of the year’s next Grand Slam. Uncharacteristically she bowed out in the third round. The younger Williams has set her sights significantly higher this year.
If Serena wins on the slower French clay courts, move over tennis world. Fans could well expect to see a Grand Slam sweep in 2009. As unpredictable as Women’s Tennis can be, it is certain that Serena Williams will show up, will post her lofty credentials and challenge the field to overcome her. As everyone at Melbourne learned, that is no easy task.External Links Similar Posts 40 Comments »
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Madrid, Feb 27: American tennis player Serena Williams led the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) world rankings on Monday.
German Angelique Kerber came second with 7405 points, followed by Czech Karolina Pliskova with 5640.
The current WTA rankings and points scored are as follows:
1. Serena Williams (US) 7780 points
2. Angelique Kerber (Germany) 7405
3. Karolina Pliskova (Czech) 5640
4. Simona Halep (Romania) 5172
5. Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) 5075
6. Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) 4670
7. Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain) 4585
8. Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) 3915
9. Madison Keys (US) 3897
10. Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) 3890.
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Serena Williams reigns once again as we launch the season’s inaugural Women’s Tennis Power Rankings.
With the first major completed, the 2010 season is officially underway.
1. Serena Williams (Last Power Ranking: 2; Current WTA Ranking: 1)
Last four tournaments: Australian Open [Winner], Sydney [Finalist], Doha [Winner], Beijing [R16].
Power Ranking Points: 832
Williams came into the Australian Open as the No. 1 seed, holding the WTA No. 1 ranking as she did at the conclusion of 2009. She left Melbourne with another Grand Slam victory—her 12th singles crown.
This has given her a stranglehold on the top spot. It is hard to imagine anyone wresting it away from her any time soon.
After winning the season-ending 2009 WTA Tournament in Doha, the American advanced to the finals of the tournament in Sydney in 2010. There Williams lost to Russian Elena Dementieva, 6-3, 6-2, suffering from an apparent left knee injury.
Williams was severely wrapped through all rounds of the Australian Open but managed to hold on and win against Henin in a three-set final. Williams has withdrawn from playing in Dubai this week along with No. 2-ranked Safina.
Time will tell if the younger Williams sister will retain her No. 1 ranking or be vulnerable to attack from the resurgent Belgian contingent.
2. Elena Dementieva (Last Power Ranking: 1; Current WTA Ranking: 7)
Last four tournaments: Open GDF Suez [Winner], Australian Open [R 64], Sydney [Winner], Doha [RR 2-1].
Power Ranking Points: 620
Dementieva had the worst luck possible at the Australian Open to be seeded in the third quarter along with Clijsters, Henin, and the Russian Kuznetsova. She met and was defeated by Henin in the second round.
Many argue that Henin should have been seeded, but, of course, that is not how the WTA and the Australian Open proceed. There are definite rules in place. Dementieva was playing well enough to have progressed quite far into the tournament. Her bad luck was to meet Henin early on.
On her way to the finals in Sydney, Dementieva defeated No. 2 seed Safina, No. 6 seed Victoria Azarenka, and the top-seeded Williams to collect her first tour championship of the season. Her second championship came on Sunday as she defeated Lucie Safarova, 6-7, 6-1, 6-4, to win the Open GDF Suez in France. Dementieva shows no sign of relenting or caving in to the pressure.
3. Justine Henin (Last Power Ranking: NR; Current WTA Ranking: NR)
Last four* tournaments: Brisbane [Finalist], Australian Open [Finalist]. (*Only two events played since return in 2010).
Power Ranking Points: 500
Like her fellow countrywoman Clijsters, Henin’s return to professional tennis had an immediate impact. She made it to the finals of both tournaments she entered and pushed a tested opponent in the finals in both instances.
She lost to Clijsters in the final at Brisbane, pushing the 2009 US Open winner to three sets. At the Australian Open, she faced Williams and lost to her in three competitive sets.
Keeping her promise to play aggressively, Henin forced the issue in both matches, let down only by her serve and by her lack of match play practice. Be prepared to see Henin bring her game into focus on the European clay courts.
4. Vera Zvonareva (Last Power Ranking: NR; Current WTA Ranking: 14)
Last four tournaments: Pattaya Open [Winner], Sydney [R32], Australian Open [R16], Doha [R1].
Power Ranking Points: 378
Vera Zvonareva won her second consecutive title at the Pattaya Open in Thailand this past week. It marks her 10th WTA title overall. Starting 2010 again injured and having to retire during the Sydney tournament, Zvonareva regained her strength and healed well enough to take the Open title in Thailand.
The Russian no longer finds herself in the WTA top 10. Having fought injuries during most of 2009, Zvonareva will definitely have to battle hard to find her way back to the top. Staying injury-free will remain one of her biggest challenges.
This week she is the No. 12 seed at the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships. With Williams and Safina both absent from the tournament because of injuries, it is a good time for someone else to climb in the rankings. Winning in Dubai would be a great victory for Zvonareva.
5. Na Li (Last Power Ranking: NR; Current WTA Ranking: 10)
Last four tournaments: Australian Open [Semifinalist], Sydney [R 16], Auckland [R 32], Beijing [R 16].
Power Ranking Points: 320
The Chinese ladies made quite an impact at the Australian Open, with both Na Li and Jie Zheng advancing to the semifinals of the tournament. Their success speaks volumes in terms of the advancement of the Chinese ladies into the upper echelons of the sport.
Li’s success advanced her the WTA’s No. 10 spot, making her the first Chinese woman to make it into the top 10.
Seeded No. 8 in Dubai in Caroline Wozniacki’s quarter of the draw, Li has another great opportunity to climb even higher. With her athleticism, speed, and defining deep and quick groundstrokes, Li is an aggressive, offensive-minded baseline player. She is not afraid to take the offensive when it is offered to her. This could very well be Li’s year.
6. Jie Zheng (Last Power Ranking: NR; Current WTA Ranking: 20)
Last four tournaments: Australian Open [Semifinalist], Hobart [Quarterfinalist], Beijing [R64], Tokyo [R 32].
Power Ranking Points: 317
Like her countrywoman Li, Zheng made it to the semifinals of the Australian Open, where she lost to eventual runner-up Henin. It marked the first time in the history of the game that two Chinese women made it into the final four of a Grand Slam tournament. The points earned propelled Zheng back into the top 20.
Zheng will be playing in the tournament in Dubai this week, looking for an opportunity to advance her ranking even further and strengthen her game. She is proficient at doubles and feels comfortable at the net.
Not as powerful or as tall as Li, Zheng relies on consistency and counter-punching to outlast her opponents. Such tactics will only take the Chinese woman so far in her quest to rise into the top 10. She has her work cut out for her if she expects to equal Li in that respect.
7. Flavia Pennetta (Last Power Ranking: NR: Current WTA Ranking: 11)
Last four tournaments: Open GDF Suez [Semifinalist], Australian Open [R 64], Sydney [Quarterfinalist], Auckland [Finalist].
Power Ranking Points: 291
Pennetta is the first Italian woman to be ranked in the WTA top 10. This happened in August of 2009. Pennetta is not only a good singles player—she also is ranked World No. 21 in doubles. This says much for her aggressive serve-and-volley style of play. She is ferocious at the net and can often dictate play with her offense.
Like most players on tour, Pennetta, who has played professionally for 10 years, battles injury. Her foot speed and her defensive prowess can only keep her equal in matches. It is her ability to turn defense into offense and end points quickly that allows her to win against the best in the world. She is playing up to her capacity to start 2010 as she reaches No. 7 in our Power Rankings.
8. Shahar Peer (Last Power Ranking: 4: Current WTA Ranking: 22)
Last four tournaments: Open GDF Suez [Quarterfinalist], Australian Open [R 32], Hobart [Finalist], Auckland [Semifinalist].
Power Ranking Points: 235
This is Peer’s first time in the official Power Rankings, although the Israeli was previously included in the top five of our preseason Power Rankings in January. Based on her play in early 2010, Peer accumulated enough points to break into our top 10. Peer reached the quarterfinals of the Open GDF in Paris, falling to eventual finalist Safarova by a 6-3, 6-0 margin.
Peer also reached the semifinals in Auckland, losing to eventual champion Yanina Wickmayer, 6-4, 7-5. The Israeli reached the finals in Hobart, where she lost to Alona Bondarenko, 6-2, 6-4. She made it to the third round, losing to Wozniacki at the 2010 Australian Open.
Peer is playing this coming week in Dubai, where she was denied a visa and entrance into the tournament last year for political reasons. The tournament was fined for last year’s actions, and the world will be watching to make sure the young woman from Israel is treated with dignity and respect—as all players in the field should be.
9. Victoria Azarenka (Last Power Ranking: 7; Current WTA Ranking: 6)
Last four tournaments: Australian Open [Quarterfinalist], Sydney [Semifinalist], Doha [RR 1-2], Beijing [R2].
Power Ranking Points: 234
Once again at the Australian Open, Azarenka had a terrific tournament until meeting the No. 1-ranked Williams in the quarterfinals. Even then, Azarenka won the first set and was up 4-0 in the second set before Williams came back to even the set and eventually win the second set tiebreaker. Williams closed it out in the third set.
Azarenka made it to the semifinals in Sydney, where she lost to eventual champion Dementieva, 6-3, 6-1. Battling injury for a great deal of 2009, Azarenka hopes to make further inroads into the top tier of women in 2010.
She is seeded No. 4 in Dubai and faces intense competition on her way to the quarterfinals, where she could meet No. 6 seed Jelena Jankovic. She will continue to work on her weak serve and her sometimes vagrant forehand.
However, expect the young lady from Belarus to continue to react with the fiery determination and explosive anger that highlight her great desire to win.
10. Venus Williams (Last Power Ranking: NR; Current WTA Ranking: 5)
Last four tournaments: Australian Open [Quarterfinalist], Doha [Finalist], Beijing [R 32], Tokyo [R32].
Power Ranking Points: 217
Venus Williams reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, where she met defeat at the hands of Li, 2-6, 7-6, 7-5. Williams just could not close out the determined Chinese woman.
Soon to be age 30, Williams seems to have the desire and the game to continue playing in the top 10. She will be defending her title this week in Dubai, seeded No. 3 behind No. 1 seed Wozniacki and No. 2 seed Kuznetsova.
Accused of having less of the “killer instinct” than her younger sister, the elder Williams will need all of that aggression and more to defend her title in this packed field, even without the top two seeds in action.
* Kim Clijsters (Last Power Ranking: 6; Current WTA Ranking: 17)
Last four tournaments: Australian Open [R 32], Brisbane [Winner], Luxembourg [R16], US Open [Winner].
Power Ranking Points: 189
Clijsters won the tournament in Brisbane, defeating her fellow countrywoman and former nemesis Justine Henin, but then she ran into a red-hot Nadia Petrova in the third round of the 2010 Australian Open. Seemingly flat-footed and slow, Clijsters suffered defeat in the dangerous third quarter of the draw. Many expected her to win this championship. It was not to be.
* Maria Kirilenko (Last Power Ranking: NR; Current WTA Ranking: 37)
Last four tournaments: Australian Open [Quarterfinalist], Auckland [Quarterfinalist], Moscow [Quarterfinalist], Osaka [R 32].
Power Ranking Points: 185
The Russian Kirilenko made her first quarterfinal Grand Slam appearance at the Australian Open in 2010. She hopes to be a player on the rise. Recently withdrawing in Thailand, Kirilenko is suffering from an adductor strain and hoping for a quick recovery and a quick return to action.
* Svetlana Kuznetsova (Last Power Ranking: 9; Current WTA Ranking: 4)
Last four tournaments: Australian Open [R 16], Sydney [Quarterfinalist], Doha [RR went 1-2], Beijing [Winner].
Power Ranking Points: 181
Kuznetsova lost to an on-fire Petrova in the fourth round, ending her hopes for a win at Melbourne. Seeded No. 2 in Dubai, Kuznetsova begins her campaign to win that tournament this week. She will be the defending champion at the French Open, and you cannot help but wonder what the effect of Henin’s return will have on that prestigious tournament.
Our power rankings are based on our own unique formula. To read how the power rankings are derived, click here and read how Feng Rong calculates the totals. The next Women’s Rankings will appear in two weeks on March 1.
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