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Stanford will judge Ivanovich and Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka , as usual, on the eve of the American series - one of the main contenders for the final success. On the other hand, after an injury and forced downtime, a Belarusian
1 (=). Novak Djokovic (Serbia) - 13130.
2 (=). Rafael Nadal (Spain) - 12670.
3 (=). Roger Federer (Switzerland) - 6070.
4 (=). Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) - 5770.
5 (=). Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) - 4410.
6 (=). David Ferrer (Spain) - 4085.
7 (=). Milos Raonic (Canada) - 3920.
8 (=). Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina) - 3360.
9 (=). Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) - 3270.
10 (=). Andy Murray (UK) - 3040.
showed very unstable play. Accordingly, it is difficult to predict Victoria's results, but the rating is under threat right now. Theoretically, after Stanford, the Belarusian may be on the 12th line. The main competitors are Ana Ivanovich and Dominika Tsibulkova . The problem is that last year Azarenka reached the final in Karsblad at this time and now risks losing points. In general, to stay in the top 10, Victoria needs to play no worse than a Serbian. At the same time, the girls may meet in the semifinals, however, this part of the grid is very difficult, so such a confrontation is not very likely.
Azarenka herself recently announced that she does not care much about the rating:
I try to be focused on each specific match and not look too far. I never thought about the rating, but set myself goals related to victories in tournaments. Wherever I come, wherever I play, I strive for victory and want to achieve success in every meeting.
In the future, Azarenka will have even more difficult times. You need to defend 900 points in a row for the victory in Cincinnati and 1400 points for the US Open final. That is, almost 3000 points are under threat in three tournaments. If Azarenka plays unsuccessfully, then the fall will be very rapid, because now the Belarusian has only 3812 points.
Yuzhny left the top twenty for a long time
Mikhail Yuzhny has similar problems . The best tennis player in Russia may soon part with his status if he does not show decent results in American tournaments. At the moment, Mikhail's rating is based on the US Open quarterfinals and the five hundred in Valencia, where he won the title last year. In principle, Dmitry Tursunov is not far from Yuzhny, but he also had the best tournaments at the end of the year. Considering that Tursunov has not played since Wimbledon due to injury, it is unlikely that he will be able to add in the near future. Moreover, this week Dmitry will lose 180 points for the semifinals of Washington, and two years later - 205 for the quarterfinals of Masters in Cincinnati. Unfortunately, it is quite possible that the end of the year Yuzhny and Tursunov will meet in about the fifth ten, if, of course, they do not improve their results.
Dyachenko moved up 103 positions
1 (=). Serena Williams (USA) - 9231.
2 (=). Li Na (China) - 6960.
3 (=). Simona Halep (Romania) - 6785.
4 (=). Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) - 6070.
5 (=). Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) - 5130.
6 (=). Maria Sharapova (Russia) - 4881.
7 (=). Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) - 4460.
8 (=). Angelica Kerber (Germany) - 4365.
9 (=). Elena Jankovic (Serbia) - 3900.
10 (=). Victoria Azarenko (Belarus) - 3812.
A talented Russian woman Vitaly Dyachenko after winning a major ITF tournament in Astana, she made a breakthrough by 103 lines up! Vitalia traded 289th place for 186th. In principle, now you can think about the long-awaited breakthrough in the hundred. Up to the top 100 about 300 points.
Other Russian women mostly stayed with their own people. Negative dynamics, except for Elena Vesnina . She is already 49th and may well start the next week in her sixties. For Elena, a lot will be decided at American tournaments. You need to defend about 300 points. In a bad scenario, Vesnina will end up in the first hundred.
Layouts of the coming week
After a month of calm, it's time for American tournaments , which can make serious changes in the ratings. In men, a breakthrough in the top 10 of Kea Nishikori is planned. The Japanese, if he makes it to the semifinals in Washington, will finally oust Juan Martin del Potro from the top ten. The Argentine recently reported that he is gradually returning to training, but naturally, he will not have time to return to the status of a player of the top ten. There are ten chances for John Isner , but more on paper - after all, he needs to take the title in order to count on the fight with the Japanese.
In addition to the fight between Azarenka and Ivanovich, women have the long-awaited return of Serena Williams stands out. An American has compromised her leadership for the first time in a long time. A poor performance at home tournaments could cost Serena the top spot. On the other hand, there are no special contenders for the top yet. Li Na is clearly not in her best shape, Simona Halep is recuperating after a busy part of the season. In the top 10, however, another permutation is planned - Kerber can bypass Bouchard if he reaches the Stanford final.