ST. PETERSBURG, FL – The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), the global leader in women’s professional sport, announced today that for the first time in its history, the Top 10 rankings will feature ten players from ten different countries around the world. Eleven different nations are represented among the top 11 spots, and 30 different countries among the top 60 ranked players.
The WTA Top 10 Rankings for week of January 31, 2011, released earlier today, are as follows:
1. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
2. Kim Clijsters (BEL)
3. Vera Zvonareva (RUS)
4. Francesca Schiavone (ITA)
5. Samantha Stosur (AUS)
6. Venus Williams (USA)
7. Li Na (CHN)
8. Jelena Jankovic (SRB)
9. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
10. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
Shahar Peer reaches a career-high ranking of World No.11, a record for a player from Israel. Francesca Schiavone becomes the first player from Italy to break into the Top 5 while Kim Clijsters of Belgium ascends to World No.2 for the first time since August 2006. After making history at the Australian Open by reaching the ladies’ singles final, Li Na becomes the first Chinese player to ascend to a career-high ranking of World No.7. Li Na’s success in Australia promises to have an exponential impact on the growth of women’s tennis in China, the world’s most populous country.
“Our players are inspirational national heroes who transcend sport in their respective countries. Having ten different players represent the Top 10 rankings shows how truly global tennis has become,” said Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO of the WTA.
The WTA’s calendar for the 2011 season features 53 tournaments and four Grand Slams in 32 countries including 23 events in Europe, 16 in the Americas and 18 in Asia. The 2012 calendar will feature 54 events, four Grand Slams and the Olympic Tennis Event, with the geographic spread of events to include 20 in Asia, 23 in Europe and 16 in the Americas. In 2013, the WTA Calendar will showcase 54 WTA events and the four Grand Slams, with 20 events in Asia, 22 in Europe and 16 in the Americas.