Biggest movers: Jasika vaults close to career-high
Omar Jasika has come within just a few spots of his career-high ranking after winning his first ATP Challenger title in Burnie at the weekend.
Omar Jasika has soared more than 100 places in the ATP rankings after winning his first Challenger title in Burnie.
Jasika rose 103 spots to world No.258 following the victory in the final, which came against fellow Aussie Blake Mott.
The move puts the Victorian lefty just two spots below his career-best mark of 256th, which came back in August 2015.
Along the way in Burnie, Jasika in the quarterfinals beat Matt Ebden, who rose almost 100 spots himself to improve to No.564.
Ebden, using a protected ranking this week in Quito, Ecuador, finds himself languishing outside the top 500 after an injury-riddled 2016 season.
Another improver was Maverick Banes, who rose 38 spots and returned to the top 400 (at No.397) after reaching the quarterfinals in Burnie as a qualifier.
Chris O’Connell was another Aussie who advanced to the last eight in Burnie; as a result, he cracked the Aussie top 10 after moving up 13 places to 219th.
At the concurrent ITF women’s event in Burnie, Aussie Arina Rodionova progressed to the final before going down to Asia Muhammad.
As a result of her deep run, Rodionova jumped 18 places to world No.168, less than 10 spots below her career-best of 157th – set nearly seven years ago.
Rodionova will now join her countrywomen in Kharkiv for Australia’s Fed Cup World Group II tie against Ukraine.