Biggest movers: Hon, Birrell make strides
Teenagers Priscilla Hon and Kimberly Birrell have continued their impressive rise up the WTA ladder thanks to their performances in Brisbane.
Australian teens Priscilla Hon and Kimberly Birrell have shot up the WTA rankings following their recent results on the Pro Tour.
The youngsters faced off in the Brisbane QTC Tennis International final, a rare title battle between two wildcards and a match between friends, fellow Queenslanders and frequent training partners.
Hon won in straight sets – giving her a second Pro Tour title of the season – and as a reward vaulted 141 places to world No.358.
The rise boosts her to 11th position in the Australian rankings.
Birrell jumped 120 places to 410th, and is now the 13th-ranked Aussie on the WTA Tour.
Alison Bai, who reached the semis in Brisbane before retiring in the semifinals against Hon, moved up 23 places to No.305.
Gavin Van Peperzeel was the men’s champion in Brisbane, ascending 34 spots to return to the world’s top 300.
The Queenslander, aged 23, now sits at No.278, surpassing his previous career-high ranking of 295th.
A number of results at last week’s Latrobe City Traralgon ATP Challenger also impacted the latest ATP rankings.
Matt Ebden, the champion in Traralgon, leapt 20 places to verge on the top 100; the former world No.61 currently sits at No.108 and could return to the elite group once again with the strong result this week at the Challenger event in Canberra.
Jordan Thompson, Ebden’s victim in the final, rose eight places to No.156.
Matthew Barton, who fell to Ebden in the semifinals in Traralgon, has improved 52 places to No.292.