claremont-mudd-scripps men, emory women ranked no. 1

By ITA Tennis


A new No. 1 on the men’s side reflects a completely reshuffled Top 10 in which no team remains ranked in the same spot as the previous edition. For the women, Emory has taken the No. 1 ranking from Johns Hopkins. Regional Team rankings were also published today, for the first time in three weeks, and Regional Singles and Doubles rankings were published for the first time this spring.

The 13-1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags are the new men’s No. 1 team, taking the top spot from Amherst after beating six ranked teams in the past two weeks. The Stags’ lone loss this season came against Division I Penn, which came in the afternoon after a morning victory over Division I Georgetown.

Ranked No. 2 behind Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is Emory, which improved two spots this week from No. 4. The ITA Division III Men’s Team Indoor Championships runners-up recorded wins over BYU-Hawaii, Kalamazoo and Rhodes in the past two weeks. Ranked No. 3 is Washington University – St. Louis, which took out Top 10 foes Trinity (TX) and Kenyon last weekend.

Pomona-Pitzer improved five spots to No. 4 while Amherst slipped from No. 1 to No. 5 this week. The 16-3 Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens went 8-1 in the past two weeks, losing only to No. 1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Amherst was beaten by Pomona-Pitzer, Division II Vanguard and Azusa Pacific in the past weeks and is 9-3 on the season. Trailing Amherst in order are No. 6 Middlebury, former No. 1 Trinity (TX) at No. 7, No. 8 Bowdoin, No. 9 Carnegie Mellon and No. 10 Johns Hopkins.

On the women’s side, Emory and Johns Hopkins flipped at No. 1 and No. 2, with Emory earning the No. 1 ranking this week. The Eagles won matches against No. 8 Bowdoin and No. 5 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the last two weeks, while Johns Hopkins defeated Skidmore and Haverford but took a loss to Division II Northeastern State.

No. 3 Williams, No. 4 Amherst and No. 5 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps all remain in place this week, while No. 6 Carnegie Mellon and No. 7 Pomona-Pitzer each moved up one spot. No. 8 Bowdoin fell two spots from No. 6, and No. 9 Middlebury and No. 10 Washington & Lee down each improved one ranking from the previous edition.

Wesleyan made a big push up the women’s rankings, from No. 34 to No. 17, after going 3-0 versus No. 33 Chapman, No. 18 Redlands and No. 28 Brandeis. A three-way tie for No. 17 met clarity and was broken-up, with DePauw heading north to No. 14, Tufts dropping to No. 19 and La Verne falling to No. 26. DePauw picked up wins over Kenyon and Wittenburg, while Tufts edged La Verne 6-3 in a head-to-head matchup.

New Entrants: Sewanee enters the men’s rankings this week at No. 30, and there were no new entrants to the women’s Top 40.

rankings: while in doha, serena williams becomes the oldest no. 1

Serena Williams - Oldest No. 1 - Qatar Total Open 2013

Breaking Records: American Serena Williams beat Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the Qatar Total Open, being contested in Doha this week, and with that returns to the No. 1 spot in the WTA rankings. When the list is released on Monday, February 18, Williams will become the oldest woman to hold the top spot since the computer rankings came into being in November 1975. This is the sixth time that Serena’ll hold the No. 1 spot, and nearly 11 years since she first reached the top, in July 2002.

“I never thought I would be here again,” said Williams following her win over Kvitova. “I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to get back to No.1. It has been a long road back and it’s a great feeling. It has been a lot of hard work but I don’t want to stop here.”

Serena’s Dress: Serena’s still wearing the same colorblocked Nike Grand Pleated Knit Dress that she wore during the Australian Open; the colorway is grand purple with electro orange and ultraviolet. Note the zigzag stitching in the upper portion of the dress. (Buy: Nike Grand Pleated Dress, $90)

Doha: The other three Qatar quarterfinals were Azarenka defeating Errani, Sharapova downing Stosur, and Aga Radwanska beating Caroline Wozniacki — all in straight sets. Serena’s was the only match that went to three sets. Tomorrow’s semifinals pit Vika against Radwanska and Sharapova against Serena. (Draw: Qatar Total Open 2013 Singles)

More stats: At 31 years, 4 months, 24 days, Williams becomes the oldest woman to hold the world No.1 ranking since the introduction of computer rankings in 1975. Previously, Chris Evert was 30 years, 11 months, 3 days when she last held the No.1 ranking the week ending Sunday, November 24, 1985.

July 8, 2002 – August 10, 2003 – 57 weeks
September 8, 2008 – October 5, 2008 – 4 weeks
February 2, 2009 – April 19, 2009 – 11 weeks
October 12, 2009 – October 25, 2009 – 2 weeks
November 2, 2009 – October 10, 2010 – 49 weeks
February 18, 2013 – current No.1 – 1 week

Serena Williams 31 years, 4 months, 24 days
Chris Evert 30 years, 11 months, 3 days (Nov 24, 1985)
Martina Navratilova 30 years, 9 months, 29 days (Aug 16, 1987)
Lindsay Davenport 29 years, 7 months, 8 days (Jan 29, 2006)
Serena Williams 29 years, 0 months, 14 days (Oct 10, 2010)
Steffi Graf 27 years, 9 months, 16 days (Mar 30, 1997)

WTA Rankings - Weeks at World No. 1 - February 18, 2013

(Photo Credit: Qatar Total Open 2013)

it must be lonely at the top 400

Caroline Wozniacki leads the field at this week’s Barclay’s Dubai Tennis Championships as the event’s top seed. She’s off to a decent start so far, beating Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 7-6 (2) in the opening round. And in what could be a duplication of what happened last month in Melbourne, Caro next faces Dubai newbie Shahar Peer, whom the Dane beat at the Australian, and then faces Li Na in the round after, who Caro lost to. (Draw: Women’s Singles.)

And two snaps to the Woz for reaching a career-high No. 3 in the SEWTA rankings; she’s currently the only Dane in the top 400.

In the flesh: This live version of the tennis performance dress from adidas by Stella McCartney‘s spring/summer 2010 collection is more fun than we anticipated. The preview pics we saw didn’t show off the mesh on the upper back of the performance dress (it adds an extra layer of sexiness, no?). FYI, Caroline wore the bloomers-esque shorts for Fed Cup play last week.

Buy: Shop for the adidas by Stella McCartney goods here.

More: A few detail shots from Wozniacki’s outfit — including her Delibuta gym bag and pom-pom socks in those Lucrari shoes (with a Barricade V skeleton) — all after the cut…