On the heels of Li Na's historic run to the finals of the Australian Open women's singles draw, in which the Chinese tennis pro became the first Asian player of either gender to reach the final round of a Grand Slam tennis tournament, comes this interesting item:
For the first time ever, this week's list of Top 10-ranked women's tennis players includes players from ten different countries. Four continents are represented.
It recalls the week in 2010 when Andy Roddick's slide from #10 to #11 marked the first time in the history of the rankings in which no American man ranked in the Top 10.
Amid the ongoing emergence of talented young players of both genders with engaging personalities to match, the parity on the women's side is a positive step for the pro game and the sport in general.
WTA Top 10 features ten countries for first time