Li Na reclaimed the #3 spot in the newly released WTA rankings for 1.27.2014. She had started the year #3, but despite winning in Shenzhen to start the season while Maria Sharapova lost in the semis of Brisbane, Li Na fell back to #4 while Masha went to #3. This time there wasn’t a flip-flop. Li goes to #3 again, but Masha slips 2 spots down to #5 after a 4th round loss to Dominika Cibulkova at the Australian Open. The new #4 is Agnieszka Radwanska, who reached the Aussie semis before also falling to Domi. Speaking of Cibulkova, she moves up 11 spots to #13. Falling out of the top 10 is Caroline Wozniacki. Entering the top 10 for the first time in her career is the 2013 WTA Most Improved Player, Simona Halep. Another fast rising player reaching a career best ranking is Eugenie Bouchard. The 19-year old Canadian cracked the top 20 for the first time on the strength of her Aussie Open semi appearance, reaching world #19.
Two quick tournament championships, including a Major, give Li Na an unexpected early money list lead. Even more unexpectedly, Dominika Cibulkova and Eugenie Bouchard find themselves at #2 and #3 eary on. Of course, a lot will change over the course of the year, but it’s still nice to see some fresh faces atop the list early on. I’m sure the usual suspects will reclaim the top positions as the year progresses. Li Na is one of those usual suspects too, so I think we’ll see her in the top 5 all year barring injury. Top 30 Money List includes singles and doubles earnings.
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