It feels weird to be talking about Serena Williams cracking the top 100 in the rankings. That is, however, one of the big stories in the tennis world. This past weekend, Serena claimed her first ever Bank of the West Classic title in Stanford, Calif. which was also her first title since the 2010 Wimbledon Championships. Serena’s win over Marion Bartoli in the finals catapulted her about 90 spots in the WTA rankings to 79th in the world.
For Serena, it is important that she do well in the tournaments leading up to the U.S. Open in order to be ranked high enough so she can be seeded. Should Serena not be seeded or become a lower seed at the U.S. Open, that would potentially set up a first or second round clash with a top-ranked player, such as world number one Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, Maria Sharapova of Russia, or any other top ten player.
Aside from Serena making a huge leap in the rankings, the top 10 in the WTA remained the same, with Caroline Wozniacki still leading the way followed by Kim Clijsters of Belgium, Vera Zvonareva of Russia and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.