Biggest movers: Aussie teens making gains
Lizette Cabrera and Marc Polmans have enjoyed huge rankings gains following their success on the Australian Pro Tour, while fellow teen Destanee Aiava has soared more than 100 spots.
Lizette Cabrera is the newest member of Australia’s top 10 after vaulting 138 spots in the latest WTA rankings.
The 18-year-old Queenslander made the move after winning her first career ITF title at the Tweed Heads Pro Tour event on 20-25 September.
She is now the eighth-ranked Aussie, and stands to rise even higher – to a projected world ranking of No.286 – after backing up her Tweed Heads victory with a title at the $25,000 Pro Tour event in Brisbane.
Cabrera is currently riding a 10-match winning streak.
Another Aussie teen making a move was Destanee Aiava, who jumped 103 places to No.408 after reaching the final in Tweed Heads.
The 16-year-old pushed Cabrera to three sets in an absorbing final.
Aiava’s first-round win in Brisbane the following week – she eventually lost in the second round in three sets to Slovak Viktoria Kuzmova – is expected to push her inside the world’s top 400.
The same week Cabrera won in Tweed Heads, Marc Polmans triumphed in Alice Springs.
The 19-year-old Victorian thus improved 55 places to No.292, a career-high ranking and his first time inside the top 300.
Polmans last week then went all the way to the Brisbane Pro Tour final, and is expected to improve to 270th when next week’s ATP rankings are released.
Fellow Victorian Andrew Whittington also enjoyed a move north, rising 13 places to 177th after winning his first tour-level main draw match in Shenzhen.
Whittington, who came through qualifying at the ATP 250 event before falling to Richard Gasquet, moved past Matt Barton to become the No.6-ranked Australian.