October 03, 2011
Game Point is Busted Racquet's roundup of facts, figures and links from across the web.
Love -- Former teen phenom Donald Young entered 2011 ranked No. 129 in the world. At the start of August, he was exactly one spot ahead. But following a semifinal run in Washington D.C., an unexpected fourth-round appearance at the U.S. Open and his first-ever tournament final this weekend in Bangkok, the 22-year-old cracked the top 50 in this week's rankings. Young is currently at No. 43 and defends almost no points until April, which could allow him to rise to the top 32 and earn a seed at the Australian Open. Considering his ranking didn't even get him into the main draw of last year's Slam in Melbourne, that's a fantastic achievement for a young player finally on the rise.
15 -- A trip back to her native China didn't do Li Na any good. The French Open champion lost in straight sets in her opening round match in Beijing to No. 58 Monica Niculescu. Li Na has only five wins since hoisting the trophy in Paris.
30 -- Daniel Savic, a Serbian player whose ranking never exceeded No. 350, became the second player ever to be banned from the sport for match fixing. As Jon Wertheim pointed out, the fact that matches involving a player ranked in the 300s is getting betting action shows the pervasiveness of tennis gambling.