The Premier Mandatory level BNP Paribas Open left significant changes in the WTA rankings. With top ranked Serena Williams absent from the event, it was an opportunity for other competitors to shine, with Radwanska, Li Na, Simona Halep and Flavia Pennetta all given moments to shine in the tournament.
32-year-old Pennetta’s title win was not only the biggest of her career, it lifted her to the 12th spot in the WTA ranking, ahead of Ana Ivanovic, Sloane Stephens and Eugenie Bouchard. Romania’s Simona Halep had the most noticeable boost, as she reached a career-high of world No. 5 after reaching the semi-finals at Indian Wells. Defending champion Maria Sharapova had tough week at the California Desert, as the defending champion exited the event in the third round to Italy’s Camila Giorgi, which dropped her out of the Top 5 to world No. 7, where she is currently ranked below Jelena Jankovic.
Check out the updated rankings for the week of March 17th:
1. Williams, Serena (USA) 12660
2. Li, Na (CHN) 7185
3. Radwanska, Agnieszka (POL) 6215
4. Azarenka, Victoria (BLR) 5441
5. Halep, Simona (ROM) 4775
6. Jankovic, Jelena (SER) 4590
7. Sharapova, Maria (RUS) 4271
8. Kvitova, Petra (CZE) 4235
9. Kerber, Angelique (GER) 4050
10. Errani, Sara (ITA) 3830
11. Cibulkova, Dominika (SLO) 3470
12. Pennetta, Flavia (ITA) 3255
13. Ivanovic, Ana (SER) 3140
14. Vinci, Roberta (ITA) 2925
15. Lisicki, Sabine (GER) 2660
16. Stephens, Sloane (USA) 2625
17. Suarez Navarro, Carla (ESP) 2620
18. Wozniacki, Caroline (DEN) 2605
19. Bouchard, Eugenie(CAN) 2485
20. Stosur, Samantha (AUS) 2420
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