Melbourne VIC, Australia, 7 November 2018 |

The release of the WTA year-end rankings this week has highlighted several Australian success stories.

With Ash Barty leading the way by cracking the top 15, many of her countrywomen enjoyed significant rises – either within or into the top 500 – in the 12 months.

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Nine of those women rose more than 100 places in the past year, including Ajla Tomljanovic, who jumped 108 places after an impressive year on the WTA tour.

Abbie Myers vaulted an incredible 473 places following a brief retirement from the sport in 2017, while Astra Sharma improved 215 spots after winning three ITF titles – two overseas and one on the Australian Pro Tour. Zoe Hives also won three titles, rising 169 spots as a result.

Below is a look at which Australian women made the biggest moves in 2018 – and the results that helped them achieve this.

Player 2017 2018 Rise Highlights
Ash Barty 17 15 +2 W Zhuhai, Nottingham (WTA)
Ajla Tomljanovic 151 43 +108 F Rabat, Seoul (WTA)
Priscilla Hon 227 158 +69 W Bendigo; SF Surbiton, Landisville (ITF)
Ellen Perez 343 181 +162 F Bendigo, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Darwin, Canberra (ITF)
Jaimee Fourlis 327 202 +125 W Canberra, Santa Margherita Di Pula; SF Saint-Gaudens (ITF)
Zoe Hives 384 215 +169 W Canberra, Toowoomba, Playford (ITF)
Astra Sharma 440 225 +215 W Baton Rouge, Gatineau, Cairns (ITF)
Kimberly Birrell 356 285 +71 W Darwin; SF Brisbane; QF Landisville (ITF)
Abbie Myers 765 292 +473 F Kurume; SF Gifu, Karuizawa (ITF)
Naiktha Bains 379 307 +72 SF Darwin; QF Canberra Bangkok, Tsukuba, Nanao (ITF)
Kaylah McPhee 717 363 +354 SF Cairns, Hua Hin; QF Canberra, Bangkok, Taipei (ITF)
Alexandra Bozovic 618 386 +232 F Playford, Hua Hin; QF Launceston (ITF)
Maddison Inglis 771 389 +382 SF Winnipeg, Perth; QF Gatineau, Hua Hin, Mildura (ITF)
Alison Bai 475 416 +59 F Yinchuan; SF Cairns; QF Luzhou (ITF)

On the men’s side, Jordan Thompson continued his ascent after another title on the ATP Challenger tour.

Thompson won the Pro Tour event in Canberra and improved 14 places to No.73, just 10 places below his career high set in February 2017.

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Another big mover was Jacob Grills, who rose 58 places to No.453 after advancing to the quarterfinals of the Canberra Challenger.