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Williams slides down WTA ladder


 

Originally published on: 05/07/11 11:25

Serena Williams plummeted to No.175 on the WTA rankings list this week as a result of her fourth round defeat to Marion Bartoli at Wimbledon.

The 29-year-old American fell to her lowest spot in the ladder in 14 years after losing a host of points for failing to defend the Venus Rosewater dish at the All England Club.

The last time Williams was this far down the rankings was November 1997, when she ranked at 304th, before leaping into the top 150 the following week.

Sister Venus also dropped – albeit not quite so dramatically – from 30th to 34th, meaning that the eclectically-fashioned Bethanie Mattek-Sands has become the highest-ranked American woman, emulating Lindsey Davenport, who was the last US woman to rank ahead of the Williams’.

New Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova climbed a spot to No.7 by virtue of her stunning win over Maria Sharapova, who also climbed a place to No.5. Caroline Wozniacki, who’s no doubt thoroughly sick of being asked if she deserves to top the tree, remains at world No.1 despite her fourth round loss at SW19.

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