The BNP Paribas Open came to a close on Sunday and its two weeks caused a few important changes in the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings, the most notable one being that Justine Henin is once again a ranked player.
Seven-time Grand Slam singles champion Henin abruptly quit tennis in May 2008 and became the first player ever to retire while holding world No.1 ranking, however, since the Belgian’s ranking was not protected, she returned to the Tour in January 2010 as an unranked player. Only now, having competed in three tournaments since the comeback, Henin has earned her ranking back. The 27-year-old had reached back-to-back finals at Brisbane and the Australian Open, in Indian Wells she lost in the second round, and is now holding the 33rd spot.
Other significant moves include Caroline Wozniacki’s rise from No.4 to a career-high of No.2 after her appearance in the Indian Wells final. Samantha Stosur was a semifinalist at Indian Wells and the success earned her the most notable rankings rise of her career, as the Australian entered the Top 10 for the first time.
There were also unfortunate significant ranking movers. Vera Zvonareva was last year’s Indian Wells titlist, but this time she lost in the fourth round and fell from No.14 to No.23. Last year’s Indian Wells runner-up Ana Ivanovic was defeated in the second round this year and left the Top 50 for the first time since 2005. The former No.1 Ivanovic fell 30 spots, from No.28 to No.58. (photo: Esther Lim)