WTA Top 10 Rankings Feature Players From Ten Different Countries
ST. PETERSBURG, FL, USA – The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), the global leader in women’s professional sport, announced today that its Top 10 Rankings for the week of May 21, 2012, will feature ten players from ten different countries and four different continents for the second time in history. The historic achievement first took place during the 2011 season (week of January 31).
“The WTA and our stars have never been more global, mirroring the increasingly international reach and popularity of the sport,” said Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO of the WTA.
“It’s remarkable how many countries today are producing world class women’s tennis players. It is great for the popularity of the game in so many national markets around the world, and is something that makes women’s tennis unique as a sport,” said Russia’s three-time Grand Slam Champion Maria Sharapova.
The WTA Top 10 Rankings for week of May 21, 2012 are as follows:
10. Angelique Kerber (Germany)
Making her first appearance in the Top 10, Angelique Kerber leads a group of three players from Germany in the Top 15, which includes Andrea Petkovic and Sabine Lisicki. The current Top 10 have won 12 of 13 Premier-level and Grand Slam events this year. Serena Williams has made a strong come back after sitting out most of the 2011 season injured, and is 17-0 on clay this year with titles at the Family Circle Cup (Charleston) and the Mutua Madrid Open (Madrid).
The 2012 edition of the Forbes magazine’s “Top 100 List of Most Powerful Celebrities” features three WTA players – Maria Sharapova (No.71), Serena Williams (No.77) and Li Na (No.87) – the only three female athletes on the list.
The WTA’s calendar for the 2012 season features 52 tournaments and four Grand Slams in 32 countries, as well as the Olympic Tennis Event in London, with the geographic spread of events to include 20 in Asia, 21 in Europe and 16 in the Americas.
Full list of WTA Rankings can be found here:http://www.wtatennis.com/page/RankingsSingles/0,,12781~0~1~100,00.html