Madrid champion Halep back in world’s Top 5

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Romania’s Simona Halep smiles as she holds her trophy after beating Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova during the Madrid Open women’s tennis final at the Caja Magica (Magic Box) sports complex in Madrid on May 7. AFP PHOTO

Romania’s Simona Halep smiles as she holds her trophy after beating Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova during the Madrid Open women’s tennis final at the Caja Magica (Magic Box) sports complex in Madrid on May 7. AFP PHOTO

PARIS: Simona Halep moved back into the world’s top five in the latest WTA rankings released on Monday (Tuesday in Manila), after claiming her first title in over a year at the Madrid Open.

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Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber has retaken the world number two spot from Agnieszka Radwanska despite a first-match defeat in Spain, after Poland’s Radwanska also bowed out early to eventual runner-up Dominika Cibulkova.

Serena Williams retains her substantial lead at the top of the rankings, although it has been cut slightly after she withdrew from the Madrid tournament because of a virus.

Swiss Timea Bacsinszky jumps into the top 10 after reaching the last 16.

WTA top 20
1. Serena Williams (USA) 8,235 pts
2. Angelique Kerber (GER) 5,740 (+1)
3. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 5,665 (-1)
4. Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 4,847
5. Simona Halep (ROM) 4,650 (+2)
6. Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 4,530 (-1)
7. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 3,505 (+1)
8. Belinda Bencic (SUI) 3,320 (+2)
9. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 3,067 (-3)
10. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 3,065 (+5)
11. Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) 3,065
12. Maria Sharapova (RUS) 3,041 (-3)
13. Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 2,964 (+1)
14. Venus Williams (USA) 2,931 (+2)
15. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 2,843 (+2)
16. Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 2,530 (+1)
17. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 2,475 (+2)
18. Sara Errani (ITA) 2,450
19. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 2,450 (-7)
20. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 2,420

AFP

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