Biggest movers: Aiava cracks Aussie top 10
Impressive teenaged talent Destanee Aiava has become the youngest member of the Australian top 10 as she continues to climb the WTA rankings.
Victorian Destanee Aiava has launched herself inside the Australian top 10 after a strong performance at last week’s Bendigo International Pro Tour event.
The 16-year-old reached the second-round in Bendigo – classified as a $50,000 event on the ITF circuit – and rose 24 places to world No.373.
The move saw her jump from 11th to eighth in the Australian rankings.
Aiava – who competes sporadically on the junior circuit – has enjoyed a season of transition into the professional ranks, reaching Pro Tour finals in Canberra (clay) and Tweed Heads (hard) and improving her ranking from outside the top 700 to its current career-high mark.
Several other Aussie women enjoyed significant improvements in the rankings.
|Lizette Cabrera||+13||No.258||QF Bendigo|
|Tammi Patterson||+48||No.391||QF Bendigo|
|Jaimee Fourlis||+24||No.428||2R Bendigo|
|Naiktha Bains||+27||No.438||QF Bendigo|
The fact that Cabrera verges on the top 250 will put her in a position to be directly accepted into Grand Slam qualifying draws.
The Queenslander has already secured a wildcard into the qualifying draw at Australian Open 2017.
On the men’s side, John-Patrick Smith returned to the Aussie top 10 after reaching the quarterfinals at the Latrobe City Challenger in Traralgon, Victoria.
Smith rose 21 places to world No.234.
The winner in Traralgon, Jordan Thompson, jumped 10 places to 85th; it was Thompson’s fourth ATP Challenger title in 2016.
Luke Saville reached the semifinals at the same event and moved up 19 places to 254th.
Victorian Omar Jasika improved 18 places to No.390 after reaching the second round in Traralgon.