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WTA rankings: Venus Williams rises

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Venus Williams

Venus Williams won the Dubai Championships without dropping a set. (Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images)

Venus Williams is back in the top 30 after winning her first title in 16 months.

The 33-year-old rose to 29th in this week’s WTA Tour rankings with a dominant performance at the Dubai Championships, where she beat five top-35 players in straight sets for her first Premier-level title since 2010. The 15-spot jump left Williams as the No. 3 American, behind her sister Serena (No. 1) and Sloane Stephens (No. 18).

In other ranking news:

• Simona Halep moved up two spots, to No. 7, matching Irina Spirlea for the highest ranking by a Romanian woman.

• Halep was part of a top-10 shakeup in which Petra Kvitova fell from sixth to ninth, Jelena Jankovic dropped from seventh to eighth and Angelique Kerber climbed from eighth to sixth. The top five — Serena, Li Na, Agnieszka Radwanska,Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova — remained unchanged.

• Alize Cornet went from No. 26 to No. 23 after stunning Serena in Dubai to make her first hard-court final.

• Japan No. 1 Kurumi Nara cracked the top 50 for the first time (No. 48) after winning the Rio Open, the first Japanese WTA champion in almost five years.

  • Published On Feb 24, 2014
  • 5 comments
    saveserves2371
    saveserves2371

    Heartiest  Congratulations, Venus. I'm still ecstatic over your victory in Dubai. I pray you and Serena get and stay healthy. Would love to see those two brilliant ladies, Serena and Venus, playing one another in major singles finals again!

    JohnG2
    JohnG2

    Go V. Would be great to see one more good year from you and maybe another Wimbledon title. Play like you did last week you could do it. 

    DickAdams
    DickAdams

    I am happy Halep is doing well and firmly in the top ten--with 6 titles last year I thought it was so strange she finished the year ranked 11th. Venus is on the march again beating 5 players ranked in the top 35 is no small feat. Now ranked in the top 30 she will be seeded at the slams and that should help her get some more wins at majors.

    ksmith05
    ksmith05

    Happy for Halep to be doing so well. C'mon Petra. Cut the crap and get your pojd-ing act together. (we love you!)

    saveserves2371
    saveserves2371

    @JohnG2  ? "One"good year? How about about Three, or Four, or Five good years. Agassi and Connors won majors very late in their careers.