Despite squealing her way out of her semi-final clash against Serena Williams, Belarusian Victoria Azarenka has returned to the top spot of the WTA rankings, supplanting recent resurgent Maria Sharapova. Sharapova has dropped down to number 3 after dropping out of the third round of the grass court Slam, and although Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska bravely faced Serena Williams in the final on Saturday her loss meant she had to settle for a place at number 2. Williams’ stunning triumph at the tournament has helped her climb two placed to number 4 in the WTA rankings and Sam Stosur remains behind her at the fifth spot. Other movers in the women’s rankings include Maria Kirilenkow, who improved five places to number 14; Jelena Jankovic re-entered the top 20 in 20th place and Sabine Lisicki dropped 3 places from 15th to 18th.
On the ATP side, the biggest news is the reclaim of the number one spot by Roger Federer, who has displaced rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal to numbers second and third respectively. Britain’s Andy Murray remains at number 4 and Spaniard Nicolas Almagro was the only player to be added to the top ten replacing John Isner as 10th. Federer, who has now equalled the record set by Pete Sampras of 286 weeks as world number 1, is amongst just two players in their thirties who have held the number 1 ranking (the first was Andre Agassi) and provided he holds onto the spot for the next seven days he will surpass Sampras’ previous record.