Rankings watch: Duckworth, Gavrilova crack top 100
James Duckworth has entered the world's top 100 for the first time after his impressive efforts at Indian Wells, a feat matched by compatriot Daria Gavrilova.
James Duckworth has entered the world’s top 100 for the first time after his impressive efforts at Indian Wells.
The 23-year-old vaulted nine places after qualifying the main draw and reaching the second round, and now sits at world No.97.
He is one of five Aussies inside the top 100, a group led by Bernard Tomic, who jumped six places to No.29 after progressing to the quarterfinals at Indian Wells.
Tomic is now just two spots way from his career-best ranking, set back in June 2012.
Looking set to join the Aussie top 100 quintet is Thanasi Kokkinakis, who surged 16 places to 108th after reaching the fourth round in the Californian desert before being stopped by Tomic in three sets.
Away from Indian Wells, plenty of other Australians were enjoying solid gains in the rankings thanks to great results at Challenger and Futures events.
John-Patrick Smith hit a career-high ranking of No.163 after winning the Drummondville ATP Challenger in Canada, leaping 32 places as a reward.
Matthew Barton, who won back-to-back Australian Pro Tour events in Port Pirie and Mildura, has this week moved up 118 places to 382nd.
Harry Bourchier, whom Barton beat in the Mildura final, improved his ranking by 153 places; he is now up to world No.619.
In the women’s rankings, Daria Gavrilova emulated Duckworth by cracking the WTA top 100, after also reaching the second round at Indian Wells as a qualifier.
Like Duckworth, she jumped nine spots to No.97, and becomes the fifth Aussie in the top 100, behind Sam Stosur, Casey Dellacqua, Jarmila Gajdosova and Ajla Tomljanovic.
Thanks to her Pro Tour victory in Mildura, Alison Bai set a new career-high ranking, now at 395th after jumping 20 places.
Her opponent in the Mildura final, Kimberly Birrell, improved her ranking by a stunning 225 places; the teenager is now ranked 662nd.
Abbie Myers vaulted 40 spots to No.511 after reaching the quarterfinals in Mildura.
Priscilla Hon also enjoyed a significant rankings boost, jumping 103 places after reaching the Pro Tour quarterfinal in Port Pirie as qualifier, and then also qualifying in Mildura.