Tennis: Serena Williams crashes out of WTA top 10

Serena Williams in action against Aliaksandra Sasnovich at the Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament in Wimbledon, on June 29, 2021. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

PARIS (AFP) - Serena Williams dropped out of the WTA top 10 for the first time in more than two years when the new rankings were released on Monday (July 12).

The 39-year-old, who has spent 319 weeks at number one over the course of her glittering career, dropped rankings points at Wimbledon, where she was a finalist at the last eidition, after she withdrew through injury from her first round match with Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

Her withdrawal sees Williams plummet eight places to 16th in the world, her lowest ranking since early January 2019.

Simona Halep also tumbled to ninth after injury ruled her out of defending the Wimbledon title she won in 2019, and the points that went with that victory.

Ashleigh Barty, who won the title for the first time, increased her lead at the top of the rankings and is now nearly 2,300 points ahead of the Japanese Naomi Osaki who skipped the London tournament.

Karolina Pliskova, the losing finalist, moved from 13th to 7th place.

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