WTA Rankings Top 100 1.27.2014: Australian Open Champion Li Na Moves To #3, Eugenie Bouchard Finds The Top 20 At #19; Li Na Tops Money List Top 30

Li Na pops champagne at Australian Open winner’s photocall (click to enlarge)

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.

RK PLAYER COUNTRY MOVEMENT POINTS
1 Serena Williams USA
0
13000
2 Victoria Azarenka Belarus
0
6581
3 Li Na China
1
6570
4 Agnieszka Radwanska Poland
1
5750
5 Maria Sharapova Russia
2
5416
6 Petra Kvitova Czech Republic
0
4745
7 Sara Errani Italy
0
4440
8 Jelena Jankovic Serbia & Montenegro
0
4310
9 Angelique Kerber N/A
0
4030
10 Simona Halep Romania
1
3760
11 Caroline Wozniacki Denmark
1
3370
12 Ana Ivanovic Serbia & Montenegro
2
3160
13 Dominika Cibulkova Slovakia
11
3056
14 Roberta Vinci Italy
2
3020
15 Sabine Lisicki N/A
0
2980
16 Carla Suarez-Navarro Spain
0
2745
17 Samantha Stosur N/A
0
2705
18 Sloane Stephens USA
5
2415
19 Eugenie Bouchard Canada
12
2369
20 Maria Kirilenko Russia
2
2325
21 Kirsten Flipkens Belgium
2
2255
22 Flavia Pennetta Italy
7
2165
23 Sorana Cirstea Romania
2
2020
24 Kaia Kanepi Estonia
1
1932
25 Alize Cornet France
0
1870
26 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova Russia
4
1840
27 Lucie Safarova Czech Republic
1
1805
28 Ekaterina Makarova Russia
6
1801
29 Svetlana Kuznetsova Russia
9
1712
30 Jamie Hampton USA
3
1601
31 Daniela Hantuchova Slovakia
2
1600
32 Magdalena Rybarikova Slovakia
3
1515
33 Elena Vesnina Russia
5
1475
34 Klara Zakopalova Czech Republic
2
1425
35 Garbine Muguruza Blanco Spain
3
1420
36 Mona Barthel N/A
3
1400
37 Madison Keys USA
1
1335
38 Elina Svitolina Ukraine
9
1310
39 Andrea Petkovic N/A
1
1280
40 Yvonne Meusburger N/A
9
1270
41 Bojana Jovanovski Serbia
7
1265
42 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA
1
1265
43 Francesca Schiavone Italy
1
1255
44 Stefanie Voegele Switzerland
2
1255
45 Karin Knapp Italy
1
1240
46 Urszula Radwanska Poland
1
1200
47 Alison Riske USA
6
1190
48 Marina Erakovic New Zealand
4
1186
49 Venus Williams USA
12
1177
50 Peng Shuai China
7
1159
51 Zhang Shuai China
0
1121
52 Varvara Lepchenko USA
2
1111
53 Tsvetana Pironkova Bulgaria
4
1101
54 Monica Niculescu Romania
10
1080
55 Annika Beck N/A
1
1056
56 Monica Puig Puerto Rico
2
1051
57 Jie Zheng China
1
1043
58 Laura Robson Great Britain
10
1033
59 Christina McHale USA
3
1026
60 Lauren Davis USA
8
990
61 Paula Ormaechea Argentina
2
986
62 Kristina Mladenovic France
7
985
63 Alexandra Cadantu Romania
3
972
64 Kurumi Nara Japan
10
922
65 Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor Spain
0
920
66 Karolina Pliskova Czech Republic
4
914
67 Polona Hercog Slovenia
1
907
68 Ajla Tomljanovic N/A
1
906
69 Ayumi Morita Japan
8
872
70 Yanina Wickmayer Belgium
7
867
71 Galina Voskoboeva Russia
6
863
72 Vania King USA
1
847
73 Lourdes Dominguez Lino Spain
1
847
74 Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova Czech Republic
10
834
75 Anna Schmiedlova Slovakia
6
822
76 Caroline Garcia France
0
811
77 Silvia Soler Espinosa Spain
1
792
78 Chanelle Scheepers N/A
1
785
79 Yaroslava Shvedova Russia
3
771
80 Casey Dellacqua N/A
0
767
81 Patricia Mayr-Achleitner N/A
4
760
82 Jana Cepelova Slovakia
13
759
83 Timea Babos Hungary
4
740
84 Camila Giorgi Italy
15
735
85 Virginie Razzano France
15
734
86 Shahar Peer Israel
11
728
87 Johanna Larsson Sweden
4
711
88 Kiki Bertens Netherlands
5
702
89 Dinah Pfizenmaier N/A
3
698
90 Julia Glushko Israel
0
691
91 Mandy Minella Luxembourg
16
686
92 Teliana Pereira Brazil
5
678
93 Anabel Medina Garrigues Spain
8
670
94 Romina Oprandi Italy
11
666
95 Estrella Cabeza Candela Spain
0
656
96 Olga Govortsova Belarus
2
651
97 Su-Wei Hsieh Taipei
11
648
98 Luksika Kumkhum Thailand
10
642
99 Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino Spain
3
640
100 Mariana Duque Marino Colombia
5
634

 

Dominika Cibulkova (click to enlarge)

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.

RK PLAYER COUNTRY EARNINGS
1 Li Na China $2,460,485
2 Dominika Cibulkova Slovakia $1,207,811
3 Eugenie Bouchard Canada $500,074
4 Agnieszka Radwanska Poland $488,431
5 Victoria Azarenka Belarus $344,255
6 Serena Williams USA $316,353
7 Sara Errani Italy $290,245
8 Ana Ivanovic Serbia & Montenegro $283,275
9 Roberta Vinci Italy $274,407
10 Simona Halep Romania $252,252
11 Flavia Pennetta Italy $248,674
12 Ekaterina Makarova Russia $246,151
13 Angelique Kerber N/A $205,463
14 Jelena Jankovic Serbia & Montenegro $192,466
15 Garbine Muguruza Blanco Spain $178,372
16 Maria Sharapova Russia $175,981
17 Tsvetana Pironkova Bulgaria $166,179
18 Casey Dellacqua Australia $149,008
19 Elena Vesnina Russia $148,688
20 Lucie Safarova N/A $135,358
21 Sloane Stephens USA $119,683
22 Kristina Mladenovic France $118,730
23 Daniela Hantuchova Slovakia $105,812
24 Monica Niculescu Romania $105,645
25 Madison Keys USA $100,521
26 Carla Suarez-Navarro Spain $98,182
27 Jie Zheng China $97,631
28 Peng Shuai China $93,154
29 Alison Riske USA $90,753
30 Ajla Tomljanovic Croatia $90,560

 

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8 thoughts on “WTA Rankings Top 100 1.27.2014: Australian Open Champion Li Na Moves To #3, Eugenie Bouchard Finds The Top 20 At #19; Li Na Tops Money List Top 30

  1. Bobby: Thanks for the information so the lady tennis players make more money
    per tournament then lady golfers. I wonder is it because of the rather short more revealing dress or have they a better marketing deal going? Do you think the LPGA
    could learn something from them?
    I had rather look at Li Na as any of the LPGA players except maybe for Belen.
    I know I am much more attracted to an Asian lady as Euro-American.
    Talk about changing the subject in mid-stream HAHA.
    I really think Li Na Is sexy sorry to be such an old perv truth is truth..

    • Could it be looks? Maybe. But longevity too. I say credit the original 9 of the WTA for forming the tour…credit Billie Jean King’s ongoing fight for purse parity with the men, which she achieved at the Majors. Now, as far as promoting attractive players. It would be a lie to say that didn’t help. Just talking the Open Era, a young Chris Evert was an American darling…then over the years there have been so many female tennis darlings…on the other hand, women tennis players are perhaps the most visible women athletes worldwide…remember that the WTA has been a true world tour for decades with multiple events happening around the world nearly every week of the season…this week there are WTA events in both Paris, France and Pattaya, Thailand. The LPGA has gone to Japan for decades, but tour stops in South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, China and other places are relatively new compared to the WTA. Even when tennis popularity wanes in the United States, its popularity is still high other places around the world. Also, tennis has had more stars whose popularity transcends the sport. Right now, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and perhaps Li Na are global icons beyond the insular world of tennis. Are Inbee Park, Suzann Petterson and Stacy Lewis on that level? I don’t think so. They are wonderful athletes and in my mind just as worthy of praise as the tennis megastars…but they are simply not in the same league as Serena or Sharapova, popularity-wise.

      • I am replying to your first comment the other two are right on but your first on clears up a lot for me.
        As a true American male I am oblivious to the rest of the world and what they like and need .
        I will take your response to heart and can see the logic in it.
        America is only a very small part of the world.
        I feel quilt saying this but I believe we are a nation with our ears shut and our eyes half closed.
        Your reply was right on.
        I will try to use it for growth who says a 76 year old dude can’t learn.
        Thanks Bobby.
        As the young say You be the man…..
        Gods Blessings
        NTB

    • One last thing I would say…and this is to the Michelle Wie bashers…if you don’t care about the LPGA transcending it’s spot in the women’s athletics world, then go ahead and keep wishing for her to do poorly…but she is one of the few LPGA players who can capture mainstream popularity that goes beyond the sport. Sure, Inbee’s Major run last year landed her on mainstream morning shows…but outside of LPGA fans, how many people in the mainstream who are casual sports fans even remember her name right now (in America)…a successful Michelle Wie would do a lot for the sport…some argue it would only benefit her, but a rising tide lifts all boats…Lexi Thompson has the possibility of doing that too if she can rise to the top of the rankings and dominate…I thought maybe Paula Creamer might as well, but after the US Open win, she hasn’t been able to cash in…

      • Bobby I have been accused of being a Wie basher not true but not a big fan
        either. Yes she would be of a big help by winning but like Tiger who came on the tour unproven as far as being a pro.
        She was fortunate to be as highly touted as she was. I see her as a fading
        star and unlike tiger she will fade away.
        I notice hardly anyone gives Annika very much credit for a huge boost to the LPGA.
        I am really not a fan of Tiger his golf has been great in the past but his longevity unlike Jake,Arnie and others is not there. I don’t think Tiger
        will be around much longer.

      • And speaking of Tiger…now, he’s half Thai, like me, so I recognize that…but in the minds of most people he’s a black golfer. If the LPGA had a great African-American golfer, that would also boost attention for the tour. But she has to win. She can’t just be another player. Serena and Venus help the WTA with crossover appeal.

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  3. I also think having so many events with the men helps, especially the Majors. If golf could figure out a way to have both tours come together a few times a year for big events it could help…but with golf, that’s a logistical nightmare to try to put together.

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