Julia Glushko 311.
(photo credit: (Israel Tennis Association))
After seven years, Shahar Pe’er officially lost her status as the Israel No. 1
on Monday after dropping 31 places to number 171 in the world and being
leapfrogged by Julia Glushko, who jumped 18 places to a career-high
Pe’er has been Israel’s top ranked women’s player since overtaking
Anna Smashnova in 2006, reaching No. 11 in January 2011. However, she has
consistently plummeted down the rankings in the past two years, falling yet
again on Monday following her first round loss in the French
Glushko, on the other hand, reached a career-best ranking after
coming through three rounds of qualifiers to reach the main draw at Roland
Garros for the first time. It was just the second time that the 23- year-old
advanced to the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament after making her major
debut at the US Open last year.
Meanwhile, Rafa Nadal said he believes he
can finish the year as world No. 1 after dropping to fifth in the rankings on
Monday, changing places with David Ferrer, the man he beat to win the French
Open for a recordextending eighth time.
Due to the ATP’s 12-month rolling
ranking system that awards no points for defending a title, Nadal had nothing to
gain from reclaiming the Roland Garros crown he won last year.
12-times Grand Slam champion, however, now has almost nothing to lose until the
end of the season after a knee injury sidelined him for the last five months of
“There are still six months ahead of us,” Nadal told
“I could be number one again if I continue at that level and
if I’m not injured.
But this is not 100 percent sure.”
his triumph, Nadal became the first player to already guarantee a top-eight
finish and a place at the World Tour finals. The 27-year-old is fifth in the
world rankings, but is first in the Race standings that are based on the
calendar year’s results.
After last year’s French Open, Nadal reached the
quarterfinal in Halle and the second round at Wimbledon before injury ended his
This means he has just 90 points to defend until the end
of the season.
“To be number one in this era, you need to play during the
whole season,” he said.
“You have to play during the whole season and do
well, because the other players are very competitive.
They’re going to be
“I need to keep winning a lot of points if I want to have any
chance to be number one at the end of the season.”
Nadal heads to
Wimbledon in search of a third title, but having decided to skip this year’s
Halle tournament, his preparation for the grasscourt Grand Slam will be far from
“I will check all my body and I hope to be ready for Wimbledon,”
Reuters contributed to this report.