WTA Tour

Serena holds onto No 1 spot - for now...

2016-08-22 18:03
Serena Williams (Getty)

Paris - Serena Williams held onto the No 1 spot in the WTA world rankings on Monday, after Angelique Kerber slipped to defeat against Karolina Pliskova in the final of the Cincinnati hard-court tournament.

Germany's Kerber would have ended 22-time major champion Williams' run of 184 consecutive weeks as world No 1 if she had claimed the title.

But the reigning Australian Open champion was beaten 6-3, 6-1 by Czech Pliskova, who moves up from 17th to 11th.

American Williams, who withdrew from her Cincinnati title defence with an injury, is now just three weeks away from breaking Steffi Graf's record for the longest stint at the top of the rankings.

The only change in the top 10 sees Agnieszka Radwanska retake fourth spot from Simona Halep, who was beaten by Kerber in the semi-finals.

WTA Top 20:

1. Serena Williams (USA) 7 050

2. Angelique Kerber (GER) 6 860

3. Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 5 830

4. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 5 340

5. Simona Halep (ROM) 5 151

6. Venus Williams (USA) 4 005

7. Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 3 551

8. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 3 465

9. Madison Keys (USA) 3 341

10. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 3 190

11. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 3 135

12. Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) 3 100

13. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 3 100

14. Johanna Konta (GBR) 2 905

15. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 2 865

16. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 2 713

17. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 2 370

18. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 2 195

19. Barbora Strycova (CZE) 2 050

20. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 1 967

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