Biggest movers: milestones for Aussie stars
Nick Kyrgios is back in the top 20, Sam Stosur is nearly back there herself, Daria Gavrilova continues to ascend and Marinko Matosevic is making his way back.
Many of Australia’s biggest names have enjoyed significant improvements in the latest edition of the ATP and WTA rankings, released Monday.
Nick Kyrgios’ trip to the quarterfinals of the Madrid Masters pushed the 21-year-old back inside the world’s top 20 and extended his reign as Australia’s No.1.
Sam Stosur, who reached the semis of the WTA Madrid event, pushed up one spot to No.22, her highest ranking since September last year.
Daria Gavrilova, who progressed to the quarterfinals of the same event, moved up seven places to a career-high ranking of No.32.
Gavrilova’s new status puts her in line for a seeding at Roland Garros; however, she is defending semifinal points at this week’s Internazionali BNL d’Italia.
Not only were the Aussies succeeding at tour level; several made gains in the rankings after strong performances on the ATP Challenger and ITF circuits.
John Millman, the Aussie No.3, improved five places to No.62 after reaching the semifinals of the Busan Challenger in South Korea.
At the same tournament, former world No.39 Marinko Matosevic qualified for the main draw and then won through to the quarterfinals; those five match wins helped him shave 43 places from his ranking.
He has now returned to the world’s top 300, at No.293.
Jess Moore, following her trip to the quarterfinals of the $100,000 ITF event in Anning, China, jumped 18 places to world No.291.
She vaulted from ninth to seventh in the Australian rankings in the process.
Priscilla Hon’s impressive form on Italian clay was rewarded with a rise of 10 spots to No.376, while Olivia Tjandramulia jumped 16 places to No.402 after winning two round of qualifying at the $75,000 ITF tournament in Gifu, Japan.