Tennis: Williams remains world number 1 despite loss

By Aisha John-Mark

America’s Serena Williams has remained in the number one position in the WTA rankings released on Monday despite loss to Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in the French Open finals .

It marked her third failed attempt to win a 22nd singles Grand Slam title, which would tie the Open-era record set by Steffi Graf.

Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska and German Angelique Kerber both dropped a spot to fourth and fifth positions.

French Open semi-finalists Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands and Australian Samantha Stosur both jumped up the standings.

Bertens moved from 58th to 27th, while Stosur vaulted 10 places to 14th. Czech Lucie Safarova, losing Roland Garros finalist in 2015, paid for her third-round exit this season by dropping 16 places to 29th.

WTA top 20:

  1. Serena Williams (USA) 8,330
  2. Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 6,766
  3. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 6,080
  4. Angelique Kerber (GER) 5,620
  5. Simona Halep (ROM) 4,471
  6. Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 3,405
  7. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 3,405
  8. Belinda Bencic (SUI) 3,260
  9. Venus Williams (USA) 3,116
  10. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 2,800
  11. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 2,768
  12. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 2,755
  13. Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 2,723
  14. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 2,700
  15. Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) 2,695
  16. Madison Keys (USA) 2,592
  17. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 2,360
  18. Johanna Konta 2,250
  19. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 2,226
  20. Sloane Steven (USA) 2,150