Women's Power Rankings: Wozniacki moves up

BY foxsports • April 29, 2009

























































































































Women's tennis power rankings

Not too much action on the WTA tour these past two weeks, but there's still some movement in the latest women's Power Rankings as Caroline Wozniacki makes a charge on the strength of her run in Charleston.



How does it work? While the official WTA rankings take the entire previous year into account, our rankings deal only with the last four events in which each player as participated. This is designed to create a better estimate of who is hot now by putting the emphasis on recent action.

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Rankings account for events completed prior to April 29.
Rank
Player
+/-
WTA
Fan
Last four
Comment
1
Victoria
Azarenka
8
6
Miami: W
Indian Wells: SF
Memphis: W
Australian Open: 3R
Victoria AzarenkaAs the women's tour shifts to clay courts, we'll see whether Azarenka can build upon her stellar spring. She has won three titles so far this year.
2
Serena
Williams
2
1
Marbella: 1R
Miami: F
Dubai: SF
Australian Open: W
Serena WilliamsWith her 2002 Roland Garros win, we know the younger Williams can play on the dirt. The rising threat of Azarenka may motivate her to greater success.
3
Vera
Zvonareva
6
8
Charleston: 2R
Miami: 3R
Indian Wells: W
Dubai: QF
Vera ZvonarevaThe torn ligaments in Zvonareva's ankle definitely came with awful timing. Rankings aside, she had been playing the best ball of any of the Russian women this spring.
4
Venus
Williams
5
3
Charleston: 2R
Miami: SF
Acapulco: W
Dubai: W
Venus WilliamsThe elder Williams has shown fine form so far this year and may benefit from lower expectations during the clay season. And Wimbledon's not too far away.
5
Elena
Dementieva
3
4
Charleston: SF
Miami: QF
Indian Wells: 2R
Dubai: QF
Elena DementievaDementieva has two tour titles this year, but both came before the Aussie. After her strong start to the year, she of the erratic serve has put up consistently mid-week results.
6
Caroline
Wozniacki
+2
11
9
Charleston: F
Ponte Vedra: W
Miami: QF
Indian Wells: QF
Caroline WozniackiOne of the success stories of this year's WTA tour, Wozniacki continues to impress. She has put in several good performances this year, including two titles.
7
Jelena
Jankovic
+2
4
5
Marbella: W
Miami: 2R
Indian Wells: 2R
Dubai: 3R
Jelena JankovicWinning in Marbella and in Fed Cup have been positive signs for the former No. 1. Her chances of finally adding that first major title haven't been looking any better lately.
8
Ana
Ivanovic
-2
7
7
Miami: 3R
Indian Wells: F
Dubai: QF
Australian Open: 3R
Ana IvanovicIt's getting closer to the French Open, where the bulk of the points supporting the Serb's ranking must be defended. She needs momentum if she's to stay in the top 10.
9
Dinara
Safina
-2
1
2
Miami: 3R
Indian Wells: QF
Dubai: 2R
Australian Open: F
Dinara SafinaHaving attained the top ranking, Safina has a lot to prove. She has no titles yet this year, and like Ivanovic will have quite a few points to defend in Paris.
10
Svetlana
Kuznetsova
7
10
Miami: SF
Indian Wells: 2R
Dubai: 2R
Australian Open: QF
Svetlana KuznetsovaCurrently the No. 3-ranked Russian, it's easy to forget that Kuznetsova is the only one of her countrywomen in the top 10 to have won a major.
Outside looking in
Fan Top 10
Marion Bartoli
Last four — Charleston: SF; Ponte Vedra: 1R; Miami: 2R; Indian Wells: 2R

A viral illness derailed her in Miami and Indian Wells, but the 2007 Wimbledon finalist appears to be regaining her consistency.


Nadia Petrova
Last four — Charleston: 3R; Ponte Vedra: SF; Miami: 2R; Indian Wells: 2R

It is perhaps unfortunate for the Russian that she drew Zvonareva at the AO and Aleksandra Wozniak in Charleston.


Sabine Lisicki
Last four — Charleston: W; Ponte Vedra: 2R; Miami: 2R; Indian Wells: 1R

Her Charleston title was her first, and being No. 42 means she's not going to reach the top 10 next week.
1. Serena Williams — 3,553 points

2. Dinara Safina — 1,826

3. Venus Williams — 1,658

4. Elena Dementieva — 980

5. Jelena Jankovic — 722

6. Victoria Azarenka — 471

7. Ana Ivanovic — 326

8. Vera Zvonareva — 304

9. Caroline Wozniacki — 79

10. Svetlana Kuznetsova — 74

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