Tuesday, December 23, 2014

New USA Career-High Rankings, Dec. 22, 2014

Each week I will bring you a list of USAmerican players who have reached a new career-high ranking. This list is not necessarily exhaustive but covers at least all players in the Top 1000.

New WTA career-high rankings, December 22, 2014

Player name
New CHR
Last wk
*= previous   CHR
+  from last week
Pvs CHR
If prior to last wk
Date achieved
If prior to last wk
Jennifer Brady
219
226*
+7


CiCi Bellis
254
256
+2
255
11/17/2014
Caitlin Whoriskey
316
324*
+8


Katerina Stewart
359
364*
+5


Alexa Guarachi
523
527*
+4


Nadja Gilchrist
578
582*
+4


Ellie Halbauer
604
610*
+6


Rianna Valdes
753
756*
+3


Alexandria Stiteler
771
773*
+2


Ingrid Neel
797
800*
+3


Kelly Chen
821
825*
+4


Nicole Frenkel
824
828*
+4


Daniella Roldan
893
896*
+3


Natalie Suk
903
907
+4
905
12/8/2014
Kristina Smith
964
971*
+7


Terri Fleming
979
988*
+9


Usue Arconada
1032
1039*
+7


Caroline Dolehide
1036
1043*
+7


Jessica Ho
1059
1066*
+7


Tina Tehrani
1077
1086*
+9


Jessica Failla
1109
1117*
+8


Andie Daniell
1116
1123*
+7


Kaitlyn McCarthy
1155
1160*
+5

10/13/2014
Dasha Ivanova
1160
1163*
+3


Alexandra Valenstein
1160
1163*
+3


Jessica Golovin
1215
1218*
+3

12/8/2014
Alexis Nelson
1215
1218*
+3

12/8/2014


































Edited to add: EMMA HIGUCHI | 897 | 900 | +3 | 898 | 12/8/2014

A lot of these women haven't played since September or October, but the players who were above them fell, so we get this: a fifth straight week of 20+ USA WTAers with new career-high rankings based on few significant results. Or, in this case, just one:

Jennifer Brady closed out her two-week Mexican swing with a quarterfinal at the second $25K+H in Mérida. She was unfortunate to have to face eventual champ Tatjana Maria, the former Top 70 player whose comeback from a break (childbirth) continues to bear fruit. A semifinal would likely have guaranteed her a spot in the 2015 Australian Open qualies. As it stands it'll be close!

Other than Brady, nobody else on the list added a point.

New ATP career-high rankings, December 22, 2014

Player name
New CHR
Last wk
*= pvs CHR
+  from last wk
Pvs CHR
If prior to last wk
Date achieved
If prior to last wk
Dennis Novikov
291
331*
+40


Eric Quigley
475
482
+7
479
8/12/2013
Clay Thompson
1476
1641
+165
1602
11/10/2014







Tied with the last TWO weeks for the shortest list! I honestly don't understand the disparity between the two tours.

Dennis Novikov has now risen 78 spots as a result of his back-to-back Futures titles in Mérida. I know he cannot wait to get 2015 started.

Clay Thompson earned a point by reaching the Mérida second round (after qualifying) whereupon he lost to Novikov in three set. As you can see, one point makes a significant difference in rankings at that stratus.

And a big HOLLA to Eric Quigley (Mérida quarterfinalist)! My favorite new career highs are when they come a year or more after the previous career highs - it indicates perseverance. The University of Kentucky product surely didn't have his dream year in 2014: he lost two Futures finals and managed only two main draw wins in 10 Challenger tournaments. But despite falling as low as 628 in September, he fought through it and ended the year strong (and with a doubles title in Mérida, partnering Canadian Philip Bester).

And an interesting footnote on Quigley: the guy earned just under $16,000 in ITF and ATP tournaments this year. Last week, though, he participated in the Queen City Pro Classic, a USTA-sanctioned money event in Cincinnati with a strong field of college guys and a couple of pros. As On the Rise (a Tennis Blog) guest blogger Patrick pointed out, in winning singles and doubles (against and with Bester, respectively) at the event he earned $6,000 - nearly 40% of his earnings in 29 tournaments at which points were at stake. Bravo!

Updated to add: And super thanks to Believeland Sports for bringing the QCPC to our attention and for reporting on it LIVE! 

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