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Chani’s ranking soars

Winning a maiden WTA Tour title does wonders for one’s world rankingsÔǪ just ask Chani Scheepers.

Our top-ranked women’s singles playe, this time last week she was ranked 73rd in the world, writes Mark Etheridge.

After her first WTA title at the Wanlima Guangzhou International Women’s Open tournament in China on Saturday she would have awoken Monday morning to find herself in the world’s top 50 players for the first time in her career.

Yes, the 27-year-old Harrismith-born player has rocketed 32 spots up the rankings to slot in at No41.

She beat Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikikova 6-2 6-2 in the final to pocket a healthy $37,000 as well as 280 invaluable ranking points. Like Scheepers, last year’s champion at this tournament ÔÇô Jarmila Gajdosova ÔÇô cracked the world’s top 50 for the first time in her career.

Scheepers turned pro in 2002 and until Monday, Scheepers’s highest ranking was 65th in May this year and she only broke into the top 100 in May last year.

Scheepers’ next tournament will be the China Open in Beijing, starting on Saturday.