Serena Williams will return to the top-10 of the WTA rankings for the primary time since July 2017, regardless of not hitting a ball in anger this week.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion has not made a aggressive look since letting a 5-1 lead slip in opposition to Karolina Pliskova within the deciding set of the Australian Open quarter-finals however she’s going to creep again in the direction of the summit of the rankings after outcomes went her means.
Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova wanted to attain the semi-finals in Doha so as to make her first look within the top-10 however suffered defeat to Russia’s Anna Blinkova.
Caroline Wozniacki was compelled to pull out of the occasion due to sickness and can now slip out of the top-10 for the primary time since Could 2017. The Dane was world No. 1 at this stage final season.
Williams’ rise again to the highest finish of the rankings is especially spectacular given the very fact she has solely performed eight occasions since coming back from being pregnant.
Serena Williams outcomes since coming back from being pregnant
2018 Indian Wells: R3 (l. V. Williams)
2018 Miami: R1 (l. Osaka)
2018 French Open: R4 (W/O Sharapova)
2018 Wimbledon: F (l. Kerber)
2018 San Jose: R1 (l. Konta)
2018 Cincinnati: R2 (l. Kvitova)
2018 US Open: F (l. Osaka)
2019 Australian Open: QFs (l. Pliskova)
The 37-year-old has failed to win a title in that point however reached two Grand Slam finals, at Wimbledon and the US Open.
Her schedule is sporadic nowadays as she chases the last word purpose of successful a 24th main title to equal Margaret Courtroom’s all-time document.
However even with a relative lack of attendance on the WTA Tour, Williams has nonetheless established herself again among the many elite.