Tennis Ladies Singles: Top 50 WTA Rankings As of January 17, 2011

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Facts, information and trivia about Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) top 50 ladies singles rankings, as of January 17, 2011.

The 2011 Australian Tennis Open, first grand slam for the New Year, concluded the ladies singles with Belgian Kim Clijsters as the final’s champion against Chinese Li Na, runner-up. Crowd favourite Clijsters claimed her richest purse in women's tennis history after denying spirited Chinese Li Na in a three-set Australian Open final in Melbourne. It was a stirring three games, 3-6 6-3 6-3.

Top 50 WTA Rankings as of January 17, 2011

1.  Wozniacki, Caroline  (DEN)

2.  Zvonareva, Vera  (RUS)

3.  Clijsters, Kim  (BEL)

4.   Williams, Serena  (USA)

5.   Williams, Venus  (USA)

6.   Stosur, Samantha  (AUS)

7.   Schiavone, Francesca  (ITA)

8.   Jankovic, Jelena  (SRB)

9.   Azarenka, Victoria (BLR)

10.  Dementieva, Elena  (RUS)

11.  Li, Na  (CHN)

12.  Peer, Shahar  (ISR)

13.  Henin, Justine  (BEL)

14.  Radwanska, Agnieszka (POL)

15.  Petrova, Nadia  (RUS)

16.  Sharapova, Maria  (RUS)

17.  Bartoli, Marion  (FRA)

18.  Pavlyuchenkova, Anastasia  (RUS)

19.  Kirilenko, Maria  (RUS)

20.  Ivanovic, Ana  (SRB)

21.  Kanepi, Kaia  (EST)

22.  Rezai, Aravane  (FRA)

23.  Kleybanova, Alisa  (RUS)

24.  Wickmayer, Yanina  (BEL)

25.  Pennetta, Flavia  (ITA)

26.  Kuznetsova, Svetlana  (RUS)

27.  Zheng, Jie  (CHN)

28.  Kvitova, Petra  (CZE)

29.  Martinez Sanchez, Maria Jose  (ESP)

30.  Dulgheru, Alexandra  (ROU)

31.  Hantuchova, Daniela  (SVK)

32. Cibulkova, Dominika  (SVK)

33.  Petkovic, Andrea  (GER)

34.  Groth, Jarmila  (AUS)

35.  Safarova, Lucie  (CZE)

36.  Pironkova, Tsvetana (BUL)

37.  Vinci, Roberta  (ITA)

38. Goerges, Julia  (GER)

39.  Szavay, Agnes  (HUN)

40.  Zakopalova, Klara  (CZE)

41.  Shvedova, Yaroslava  (KAZ)

42.  Errani, Sara  (ITA)

43.  Bondarenko, Alona  (UKR)

44.  Schnyder, Patty  (SUI)

45.  Kerber, Angelique  (GER)

46.  Sevastova, Anastasija  (LAT)

47.  Hercog, Polona  (SLO)

48.  Mattek-Sands, Bethanie  (USA)

49.  Makarova, Ekaterina  (RUS)

50.  Bacsinszky, Timea  (SUI)

Trivia of the Top Ranking Singles Ladies

Caroline Wozniacki. Danish Caroline is 20 years old. Her best Australian Open result is fourth round in 2008 and 2010. She was beaten by Li Na, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the Australian Open semifinals, 2011. She is a Harry Potter fan.

Vera Zvonareva. She hails from Russia, aged 26. Her best Australian Open result was being a semi-finalist in 2009. In 2010, she achieved two Grand Slam finals (Wimbledon and the US Open) and number 2 ranking. She was defeated by Kim Clijsters in the semi-finals of 2011 Australian Open. An intellectual and also emotional, Zvonareva is studying for a second university degree, and loves reading Tolstoy.

Kim Clijsters. A crowd favourite, Belgian Kim Clijsters is exceedingly loved and affectionately called “Aussie Kim” by Australians. Prior her recent win in 2011 Australian Open, her best Australian Open results were semi-finalist 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2008. She has five 2010 titles, including her third US Open and a fifth WTA Championships.

Rankings may change after the recently concluded Australian Tennis Open and succeeding tournaments.

Source: WTA Tour

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