Melbourne, Australia, 23 April 2019 |

A season of major breakthroughs continues for Astra Sharma, with the 23-year-old making her top 100 debut this week.

The West Australian, who reached her first WTA singles final in Bogota two weeks ago, rises two places to a career-high ranking of No.100.

Sharma is one of five Australian women now in the top 100 – led by Ash Barty (No.9), Ajla Tomljanovic (No.39), Daria Gavrilova (No.58) and Sam Stosur (No.77).

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Kimberly Birrell also improves to a career-high ranking, rising eight spots to No.156 after reaching the quarterfinals at an ITF tournament in the US last week.

Women’s singles – biggest movers
Player Rank Move Notable activity
Astra Sharma No.100 +2 Dothan ITF R1
Kimberly Birrell No.156 +8 Dothan ITF QF
Ellen Perez No.216 +8 Dothan ITF R2
Abbie Myers No.267 +6 Dothan ITF R2
Jaimee Fourlis No.280 +12 Santa Margherita Di Pula ITF QF
Kaylah McPhee No.281 +12 Hong Kong ITF QF
Maddison Inglis No.324 +27 Hong Kong ITF F

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Jessica Moore is at a career-high WTA doubles ranking of No.55 this week, while Sharma jumps 10 spots to a career-high No.126 after reaching an ITF final alongside Destanee Aiava. The result improves Aiava’s doubles ranking 78 places to a career-best No.255.

Women’s doubles – biggest movers
Player Rank Move Notable activity
Jessica Moore No.55 +1
Astra Sharma No.126 +10 Dothan ITF F
Lizette Cabrera No.185 +27 Dothan ITF SF
Destanee Aiava No.255 +78 Dothan ITF F
Kaylah McPhee No.384 +37 Hong Kong ITF F
Maddison Inglis No.414 +54 Hong Kong ITF F
Kimberly Birrell No.417 +73 Dothan ITF SF

Qualifying for the ATP Masters 1000 event in Monte Carlo sees Alexei Popyrin improve six spots in the lastest ATP singles rankings. The 19-year-old is now ranked a career-high No.114.

James Duckworth returned to the world’s top 150 after reaching the quarterfinals at an ATP Challenger event in China, rising nine places to No.149.

Men’s singles – biggest movers
Player Rank Move Notable activity
Alexei Popyrin No.114 +6 Qualified for Monte Carlo
James Duckworth No.149 +9 Anning Challenger QF
Aleksander Vukic No.357 +10 Sarasota Challenger 3R

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Winning an ATP Challenger doubles title in Anning – their fourth title together this season – propels Luke Saville and Max Purcell into the world’s top 100 for the first time. The 25-year-old Saville rises 16 spots to No.89, with Purcell jumping 10 spots to No.93. Purcell is now the highest-ranked man aged 21 or under in the ATP doubles top 100 rankings.

Men’s doubles – biggest movers
Player Rank Move Notable activity
Luke Saville No.89 +16 Won Anning Challenger
Max Purcell No.93 +10 Won Anning Challenger