Venus Williams back in the WTA’s Top 10 list

Venus Williams back in the WTA’s Top 10 list

After more than four-and-a-half years of being on the outside looking in, Venus Williams is back on the world’s elite list.

The 35-year-old former world number one claimed her third WTA title of the year on Sunday by outclassing Karolina Pliskova, 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) in the Zhuhai final.

With her win, Williams, 35, jumped from being in the 11th spot to No. 7 in the latest WTA standings where her younger sister, Serena, is still lording it over the rest of the field.

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Venus becomes the oldest woman to listed in the WTA Top 10 since Martina Navratilova, at 38 years old, in 1995.

It also marks the first time since early 2011 that the American has been in the top 10.

The five-time Wimbledon and two-time US Open champions is a former WTA rankings leaders, a position she last held in February 2002.

Pliskova, despite the loss, also rose up the ranks, moving two places to No. 11, while Timea Bacsinszky fell out of the Top 10 down to No. 12.

Meanwhile, in the ATP World Tour rankings — which also came out Monday – Paris Masters second placer Andy Murray took over Roger Federer’s spot at number two.

Rafael Nadal moved up to fifth place, although still way behind Novak Djokovic who is still firmly at number one.

Latest WTA rankings
1. Serena Williams (USA) 9,945 pts
2. Simona Halep (ROM) 6,060
3. Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) 5,200
4. Maria Sharapova (RUS) 5,011
5. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 4,500
6. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 4,220
7. Venus Williams (USA) 3,790 (+4)
8. Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 3,621 (-1)
9. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 3,590 (-1)
10. Angelique Kerber (GER) 3,590 (-1)
11. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 3,285 (+2)
12. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 3,133 (-2)
13. Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 3,030 (-1)
14. Belinda Bencic (SUI) 2,900
15. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 2,655
16. Ana Ivanovic (SER) 2,645
17. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 2,641
18. Madison Keys (USA) 2,600 (+1)
19. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 2,590 (+1)
20. Sara Errani (ITA) 2,525 (-2