Biggest movers: Gavrilova, Saville on the rise
Daria Gavrilova and Luke Saville were among the Aussies on the way up this week in the rankings
Despite her straight sets loss to Angelique Kerber at the Tokyo Pan Pacific Open, Daria Gavrilova has jumped two spots in the WTA rankings to No.37. The rise takes Daria to within touching distance of a new career-high (previously No.36 – August 2015) going into the WTA event in Wuhan.
Leading Aussie Sam Stosur fared slightly better in Tokyo, but rose only one place as she moved to world No.21. Sam defeated Alison Riske in the R32 in Tokyo, but lost out to eventual finalist Belinda Bencic in three tight sets.
Elsewhere, Anastasia Rodionova’s run to the R16 in Qualifying at the Guangzhou Women’s Open saw her leap six places to world No.253.
On the men’s side of the draw Luke Saville registered the biggest jump of the week as he moved back inside the world’s top 200 (No.194). Saville reached the R16 at the OEC Kaohsiung Challenger, beating Niels Desein before going down in straight sets to Jurgen Zopp.
It was a good week across much of the board for the Aussies, with Nick Kyrgios (No.41), Sam Groth (No.53), James Duckworth (No.97), John-Patrick Smith (No.108) and Matthew Ebden (No.133) all moving up one place.
Top-ranked Aussie Bernard Tomic, who was not in action last week, slipped back one spot to No.21.