Three 17-year-old players crack WTA Top 100 for the first time since..



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Three 17-year-old players crack WTA Top 100 for the first time since..

This week's WTA rankings list is a rather historic one despite no changes in the leading three positions, with three 17-year-old players in the Top 100 for the first time since March 2008! 10 and a half years ago, Caroline Wozniacki, Tamira Paszek and Sorana Cirstea (all born in 1990 but yet to turn 18) were the most promising youngsters in women's tennis and things are looking bright for the young guns again, with Amanda Anisimova, Anastasia Potapova and Olga Danilovic standing as the most prominent stars born in 2001.

Amanda Anisomova had turned 17 a month ago and just two weeks later she reached the first WTA final as a qualifier in Hiroshima, losing to Su-Wei Hsieh in straight sets and missing a chance to lift the first trophy on the big scene.

Still at the age of 16, Amanda had advanced into the fourth round at Indian Wells in March but her progress was halted with a nasty leg injury she suffered in Miami, staying away from the court for more than four months before finding her form again to almost winning the title in Japan.

One place below Amanda is Anastasia Potapova, super talented Russian who has gained 39 positions in the rankings after competing in the WTA final in Tashkent as a qualifier. Just like Anisimova, she couldn't do much in the title match but we are going to see a lot from these two very soon.

This was the second WTA final for Potapova after Moscow where she lost to another rising star born in 2001 Olga Danilovic. The Serb is ranked just behind Anisimova and Potapova, entering the Top 100 for the first time after losing to Anastasia in the second round of Tashkent.

Olga was the one who defeated Anastasia in that historic Moscow final, prevailing 7-5 6-7 6-4 to become the youngest WTA title winner since 2005 and also the first player from her generation with the trophy in her hands.

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