Rankings watch: Millman edges closer to top 100
John Millman's continued success on the ATP Challenger circuit has pushed the Queenslander closer to the elite top 100.
John Millman’s continued success on the ATP Challenger circuit has pushed the Queenslander closer to the elite top 100.
Millman, who won the Kyoto Challenger in Japan two weeks ago, rose 31 places to world No.130, and also leap-frogged Matt Ebden to become the fourth-ranked Australian.
The rankings were not updated last week due to the ATP/WTA event in Indian Wells extending for two weeks.
In Kyoto, Millman won two of his five matches in final set tiebreaks, and took his 2013 win-loss record to 14-5. He began the season ranked No.199.
Also enjoying rises were Lleyton Hewitt, who jumped seven places to No.91 after his third round finish in Indian Wells, and Marinko Matosevic, who inched closer to a top 50 return (rising two spots to No.51) by also reaching the last 32 in the Californian desert.
Like Millman, Matthew Barton also enjoyed a successful campaign in Kyoto – by reaching the semifinals, he leapt 19 places to No.202, after beginning 2013 ranked outside the world’s top 400.
Among the women, young gun Viktorija Rajicic’s first ITF title at the Nature’s Way Sydney International #2 vaulted the Victorian 30 places to No.406.
The rest of the Aussie women remained relatively steady, with female No.1 Sam Stosur dropping from ninth to 10th to make way for Caroline Wozniacki, who reached the Indian Wells final.
Despite pulling out of the Sony Open in Miami (where she reached the fourth round last year), Stosur is expected to maintain her top 10 ranking given that Marion Bartoli (almost 900 points behind at world No.11) must make at least the final to increase her ranking points after reaching the semifinals in Miami last year.