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9.01.2014

Belarus Victoria Azarenka retains second place in WTA ranking

14:32, — Sport

Belarus Victoria Azarenka retains second place in WTA ranking

After the victory at the first tournament of the new season, the Brisbane International, Belarus Victoria Azarenka has retained the second place in the WTA ranking.

Victoria Azarenka has 8,151 points while table-topper, Serena Williams of the U.S., has 13,260 points. One change has happened in the top ten: Russias Maria Sharapova moved one notch up to third place, pushing Chinas Na Li into fourth.

The top ten players, according to the first WTA ranking in 2014, are as follows:

1. Serena Williams (USA) 13,260

2. Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) 8,151

3. Maria Sharapova (Russia) 6,076

4. Na Li (China) 6,045

5. Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) 5,820

6. Petra Kvitova (the Czech Republic) 4,775

7. Sara Errani (Italy) 4,435

8. Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) 4,230

9. Angelique Kerber (Germany) 3,965

10. Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) 3,520.

Belarus Olga Govortsova is among the worlds top 100 tennis players, too. With 710 points, she is currently 91st in the ranking after moving up two places. Belarusian Alexandra Sasnovich has slightly improved her position after climbing to the 145th place from the 146th with 433 points.

In the mens singles rankings the best Belarusian player is Yegor Gerasimov (254th with 184 points). Three other Belarusians are Dmitry Zhirmont (308th with 144 points), Vladimir Ignatik (316th with 140 points) and Alexander Buryi (369th with 111 points). Spains Rafael Nadal tops the ranking with 13,130 points followed by Serbias Novak Djokovic (12,260). Spains David Ferrer rounds up the top three with 5,800 points.

In the mens doubles ranking Max Mirnyi is 23rd with 2,920 points. Last season the Belarusian, 36, played together with Romanias Horia Tecau. In the new season he will be paired with 23-year-old Jerzy Janowicz of Poland, who is 52nd in the doubles ranking and 21st in the singles table. The duo has failed to get off to a good start as they lost to Lukas Rosol (Czechia)/Joao Sousa (Portugal) 6:4, 6:7, 9:11 in the first round of the doubles event at the APIA International Sydney on 7 January.

The competition in Sydney concludes on 11 January, with the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the new season, kicking off on 13 January. Victoria Azarenka won the Australian Open title on the last two occasions. In 2012 she overpowered Russias Maria Sharapova 6:3, 6:0 while in the last years decider she ousted Chinas Na Li 4:6, 6:4, 6:3.


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