Biggest movers: Cabrera, Hon rise after Hong Kong wins
After more success on the WTA tour, Lizette Cabrera and Priscilla Hon continued their rise up the rankings thanks to impressive showings last week in Hong Kong.
Lizette Cabrera and Priscilla Hon have been on fire during the WTA Asian swing, and it’s showing in the rankings.
The young Queenslanders continued their rise up the ladder after flourishing in Hong Kong; Cabrera reached her second WTA quarterfinal – after reaching the same stage in Guangzhou – and rose 14 places to world No.141.
She almost beat compatriot Daria Gavrilova in a thrilling three-set battle in the last eight, yet Gavrilova scraped to victory and went on to reach the final. She remains the Aussie No.1, ranked 22nd in the world.
Hon, meanwhile, qualified for the main draw and came within a few points of reaching the second round. A recent quarterfinalist in Seoul, she rose another 15 places to reach a career-high ranking of No.225.
Ahead of them, Arina Rodionova continued her progression toward the top 100, rising five places to No.117 after qualifying for the main draw at the WTA event in Tianjin.
Back on home soil, success on the Pro Tour saw many of our Aussies significantly improve their rankings.
Astra Sharma – who plays college tennis in the United States – vaulted 115 places to 437th after advancing to the final at the $25,000 event in Toowoomba. Ellen Perez, another college player, reached the semifinals at the same tournament and rose 38 places to No.361.
Andrew Harris, another who came through the college system, was a winner at the Toowoomba men’s event, and was rewarded with a leap of 180 places to No.551. It puts him within close range of his career-high ranking of No.483, which he reached in April 2015.
Jason Kubler was also a big improver; the injury-plagued Queenslander shot up almost 200 spots to No.725 after reaching the Toowoomba decider, where he fell to Harris.
Kubler, a junior world No.1 in 2010, stands to rise even higher after reaching the final at last week’s Pro Tour event in Cairns.
Maverick Banes, a semifinalist in Toowoomba, hit a career-high ranking of No.305 after rising 16 rungs, while Ben Mitchell, on the comeback trail after retiring from the sport, jumped 51 places to No.883 thanks to reaching the quarters there.
Meanwhile, in California, Christopher O’Connell’s run to the semifinals of the Fairfield Challenger saw the New South Welshman jump 60 places to world No.315.
O’Connell won three matches to qualify for the main draw and then beat a slew of former top-100 ranked players – Denis Kudla, Tobias Kamke and Bjorn Fratangelo – before falling to Mackenzie McDonald.