Before the US Open Championship, Victoria was ranked fifth worldwide, having risen from fourth place. At this US Open, in New York, she reached the third round before losing to American finalist Serena Williams, who is now ranked 14th — up from 27th. US Open 2011 winner, Australia’s Samantha Stosur, has moved from 10th place to 7th while Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark tops the rankings, followed by Russian Maria Sharapova (up from 4th place).
The WTA top five has only ever been occupied by one Belarusian previously: Natalia Zvereva in May 1989. From September 1991, she was seeded first for 124 weeks in the doubles event.