The conclusion of the Australian Open was followed by major movement in the rankings charts. Following her 23rd Major win in Australia, Serena Williams jumped a spot to be crowned the new numero uno player in the WTA rankings. Over in the ATP rankings, Roger Federer jumped seven spots to be ranked number 10 in the world after winning the men’s title. After his achievement of making it to the final in Melbourne, Rafael Nadal rose three spots to capture the number six spot.
It means that over in men’s tennis, we are back in business as far as the race of the Big 4 is concerned. Remember Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are ranked number one and two respectively. Stan Wawrinka, who has won as many Majors (three) as Andy Murray meanwhile is ranked number three after rising a spot. By playing consistent tennis (he was in Australian Open semis), he is once again confirming that he is not going anywhere.
Over in the women’s section, it is only fair that Serena Williams is back to the number one spot considering that there has not been a player since Steffi Graf who has been in the same league as her, at least when the American is playing at her best. Also Read-Maria Sharapova’s comeback will give the women’s game a slice of freshness
Come the French Open and there will no surprise if Rafael Nadal, a nine-time winner in Paris, and Serena Williams, a three-time champion at Roland Garros, are the favourites to lift the trophies. It also confirms us that age is just a number for 30-something, fit, raging, super athletes who show their skill via a tennis racquet.