Peng Shuai Joins Li Na To Mark First Time Two Chinese Players Rank In The Top 15 On The WTA Rankings

Peng Shuai

For the first time in WTA history, two players from China are ranked in the top 15 singles players in the world. It’s no surprise that 2011 Roland Garros champion Li Na is in the top 15 of the rankings published August 15, 2011. Li Na is ranked #5. Joining her in the top 15, at #15, is countrywoman Peng Shuai. While Li Na’s has ascended to stardom in 2011, now ranking among the 10 best paid female athletes in the world, Peng Shuai (family name, Peng) started the year ranked #72 and has had quite the brisk ascendancy herself.

Peng has yet to win a WTA singles title (she has 7 doubles titles), but she did make the final at Brussels 2011 and pushed world #1 Caroline Wozniacki to 3 sets. She has also scored victories in 2011 over top players Vera Zvonareva, Svetlana Kuznetsova (twice), Jelena Jankovic, Francesca Schiavone, and Li Na. Although only 25, Peng has been around for some time, so I don’t know if she’s just having a good year and will slip back to the pack or if this marks the beginning of a stay among the top players for her. However, tennis is growing in popularity in China. With Li Na in the twilight of her career perhaps, to keep the flame going 3 or 4 years down the line, allowing young players to develop in China, other players besides Li need to step up.

Rankings (8/15/2011)

Curr Prev Name DOB Nation Rank pts Tours
1 1 Wozniacki, Caroline 11/07/90 DEN 9915 22
2 3 Zvonareva, Vera 07/09/84 RUS 7045 21
3 2 Clijsters, Kim 08/06/83 BEL 6726 15
4 4 Azarenka, Victoria 31/07/89 BLR 6390 21
5 6 Li, Na 26/02/82 CHN 5671 18
6 7 Kvitova, Petra 08/03/90 CZE 5561 21
7 5 Sharapova, Maria 19/04/87 RUS 5446 14
8 8 Schiavone, Francesca 23/06/80 ITA 4955 21
9 9 Bartoli, Marion 02/10/84 FRA 4325 26
10 11 Stosur, Samantha 30/03/84 AUS 3775 21
11 10 Petkovic, Andrea 09/09/87 GER 3530 22
12 12 Radwanska, Agnieszka 06/03/89 POL 3335 18
13 15 Kuznetsova, Svetlana 27/06/85 RUS 2751 18
14 14 Jankovic, Jelena 28/02/85 SRB 2710 21
15 17 Peng, Shuai 08/01/86 CHN 2600 23
16 18 Cibulkova, Dominika 06/05/89 SVK 2595 22
17 16 Ivanovic, Ana 06/11/87 SRB 2415 21
18 13 Pavlyuchenkova, Anastasia 03/07/91 RUS 2410 22
19 22 Vinci, Roberta 18/02/83 ITA 2350 28
20 20 Goerges, Julia 02/11/88 GER 2335 25
21 19 Wickmayer, Yanina 20/10/89 BEL 2320 23
22 21 Lisicki, Sabine 22/09/89 GER 2204 21
23 24 Hantuchova, Daniela 23/04/83 SVK 2115 27
24 23 Peer, Shahar 01/05/87 ISR 2090 21
25 25 Pennetta, Flavia 25/02/82 ITA 1905 21
26 26 Kirilenko, Maria 25/01/87 RUS 1875 24
27 28 Petrova, Nadia 08/06/82 RUS 1800 22
28 27 Kleybanova, Alisa 15/07/89 RUS 1795 22
29 32 Safarova, Lucie 04/02/87 CZE 1775 25
30 29 Gajdosova, Jarmila 26/04/87 AUS 1760 27
31 80 Williams, Serena 26/09/81 USA 1710 12
32 30 Kanepi, Kaia 10/06/85 EST 1632 19
33 31 Mattek-Sands, Bethanie 23/03/85 USA 1581 17
34 33 Medina Garrigues, Anabel 31/07/82 ESP 1540 24
35 37 Martinez Sanchez, Maria Jose 12/08/82 ESP 1505 21
36 34 Williams, Venus 17/06/80 USA 1460 12
37 35 Paszek, Tamira 06/12/90 AUT 1424 24
38 36 Errani, Sara 29/04/87 ITA 1420 27
39 39 Marino, Rebecca 16/12/90 CAN 1322 25
40 41 Makarova, Ekaterina 07/06/88 RUS 1320 24
41 45 Benesova, Iveta 01/02/83 CZE 1310 26
42 40 Hercog, Polona 20/01/91 SLO 1305 28
43 38 Vesnina, Elena 01/08/86 RUS 1245 24
44 43 Zakopalova, Klara 24/02/82 CZE 1235 27
45 44 Cetkovska, Petra 08/02/85 CZE 1222 22
46 46 Begu, Irina-Camelia 26/08/90 ROU 1201 21
47 47 Dominguez Lino, Lourdes 31/03/81 ESP 1200 24
48 42 Morita, Ayumi 11/03/90 JPN 1193 30
49 48 Hradecka, Lucie 21/05/85 CZE 1181 27
50 49 Dulgheru, Alexandra 30/05/89 ROU 1166 23

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