Pregnant Serena back in world number one spot


Serena Williams of the US smiles during the awards ceremony after her victory against Venus ...
Serena Williams of the US smiles during the awards ceremony after her victory against Venus Williams of the US in the women's singles final on day 13 of the Australian Open in Melbourne on January 28, 2017 (AFP Photo/WILLIAM WEST)

US tennis star Serena Williams returned to the world number one spot in the latest WTA rankings released on Monday, days after announcing her pregnancy.

The 35-year-old moved up one place during a week dedicated to Fed Cup action ahead of Germany’s Angelique Kerber with Czech Karolina Pliskova holding third spot.

Williams, one of the greatest players of all time, revealed Wednesday that she is expecting her first baby and will not play again this year.

Kelly Bush Novak, Williams’ publicist, said this week that she “looks forward to returning in 2018” and that was echoed by her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

Overtaking Australia’s Margaret Court for the all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles crowns — Williams is on 23 — is also “a determining factor” in her motivation to plough on, the Frenchman said.

Williams is due to give birth in September.

Rankings

  1. Serena Williams (USA) 7,010 pts (+1)
  2. Angelique Kerber (GER) 6,925 (-1)
  3. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 6,020
  4. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 5,065
  5. Simona Halep (ROM) 5,021
  6. Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 4,691
  7. Johanna Konta (GBR) 4,330
  8. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 4,205
  9. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 4,025
  10. Madison Keys (USA) 3,857
  11. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 3,850
  12. Venus Williams (USA) 3,811
  13. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 3.740
  14. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 2,925 (+1)
  15. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 2,900 (-1)
  16. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 2,475
  17. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 2,130
  18. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 2,120
  19. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 2,080
  20. Kiki Bertens (NED) 1,988

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