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Ana has climbed one place to No.17 in the latest Official Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Rankings, which are published today. It is the third week in a row in which Ana has risen by one place and she currently stands one place behind her career-best ranking of 16.
By reaching the second round of last week’s Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp, Ana added 25 points to her cumulative ranking points total, which now stands at 943.75. That rise, coupled with the decay in Flavia Pennetta’s points total – the Italian was unable to defend the points she accrued in Bogota 53 weeks ago – caused Ana to move up once place.
In the Porsche Race, the standings that determine the eight qualifiers for the elite end-of-season WTA Championships, Ana has moved up two places to No.25. In the doubles rankings Ana, who did not compete in the team event in Antwerp, remains at No.95.
Despite retaining her Proximus Diamond Games title Amelie Mauresmo is still at No.2: finalist Kim Clijsters holds on at the summit of the rankings. The only change within the top 10 sees Elena Dementieva move up to No.7 at the expense of Nadia Petrova, Ana’s conqueror in Antwerp, who moves down to No.8.
Other noteworthy changes see Olga Savchuck, the 18-year-old Ukrainian who beat world No.14 Daniela Hantuchova in Belgium, debut in the top 100 at No.92, while Vera Zvonareva, who a year ago was ranked No.11, has slipped another 13 places to No.45.
Mauresmo’s victory in Antwerp – her third straight title – extended her winning streak to 15 matches. Ana is the only player to have beaten the Frenchwoman this year.
Ana’s next event is the Pacific Life Open, a Tier I tournament that begins in Indian Wells, USA on 8 March.
By Gavin Versi