Rankings watch: Ebden returns to top 100
Matthew Ebden's victory at the Victorian Tennis International on Sunday has boosted the Western Australian back inside the world's top 100.
Matthew Ebden’s victory at the Victorian Tennis International on Sunday has boosted the Western Australian back inside the world’s top 100.
Ebden defeated Tatsuma Ito in the final of the ATP Challenger-level event, his second Challenger title from four finals in 2013.
As a result he leaped 11 places to world No.98, the fourth Australian in this elite bracket behind Bernard Tomic, Lleyton Hewitt and Marinko Matosevic.
It continues the 25-year-old’s run of excellent recent form; in his past five Challenger events since the US Open, he’s gone semifinal-final-quarterfinal-final-champion, winning 18 of his past 22 matches and improving his ranking by almost 40 places.
Another Western Australian, Casey Dellacqua, enjoyed a significant ranking rise on the WTA Tour.
The 28-year-old’s victory at the WM Loud Bendigo International $50,000 Pro Tour event saw her jump 29 places to No.152, and from fifth to third on the Australian rankings.
Dellacqua is another player enjoying a purple patch; having slipped outside the top 200 recently, she’s vastly improved her ranking thanks to winning 15 of her past 19 matches since the French Open.
Lower down the rankings ladder, some young Aussies have made some mighty strides this week.
Andrew Harris, who won the ITF title in the week in Mansfield, Texas, vaulted 226 places to No.589, while Luke Saville’s first ITF title of 2013 in Sydney boosted him 97 spots to No.406.
Other notable movers can be seen below:
|Jay Andrijic||368 places||ATP 973||SF Sydney F10 ITF|
|Blake Mott||181 places||ATP 639||QF Melbourne Park Challenger|
|Maverick Banes||124 places||ATP 712||R2 Melbourne Park Challenger|
|Isabella Holland||85 places||WTA 636||R2 Bendigo $50,000 ITF|
|Nicole Hoynaski||79 places||WTA 788||Qualified for Bendigo $50,000 ITF|