Biggest movers: Ebden continues ascent
The resurgent Matthew Ebden has charged into the Australian top 10 and now verges on the world's top 150 after his victory at the Surbiton ATP Challenger.
Matthew Ebden has charged into the Australian top 10 and now verges on the world’s top 150 after sustained success on the ATP Challenger circuit.
Ebden’s title at last week’s Surbiton Challenger on grass in England pushed the West Australian up 35 spots to world No.154, his highest ranking since November.
The 27-year-old dipped as low as 359th in April after an injury-marred 2014, yet has vaulted more than 200 places since then after winning 20 of his past 26 matches at Challenger level.
He will attempt to continue his stellar grasscourt form at this week’s ATP Challenger event in Ilkley, England; his first-round opponent is compatriot John Millman.
Another Aussie making waves this week in the rankings was Maverick Banes, who ascended 29 spots to 433rd following his finals’ appearance at the recent ITF Futures event in Bol, Croatia.
On the women’s side, Arina Rodionova was rewarded for her strong performance in ‘s-Hertogenbosch qualifying.
The Victorian, who won two rounds of qualifying at the WTA grasscourt event before falling at the final hurdle to No.2 seed Urszula Radwanska, rose 25 places to world No.284.
Another big mover was Nicole Collie; the 21-year-old jumped 126 spots after reaching the final of the ITF $10,000 tournament in Bangkok.
Naiktha Bains was also a notable mover, rising 127 places to 840th after qualifying for the $50,000 ITF event in Surbiton.