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Kerber climbs the rankings after Aus Open win

Angelique Kerber (Gallo Images)
Angelique Kerber (Gallo Images)

Paris - Angelique Kerber has risen from sixth to second in the latest WTA world rankings released on Monday after claiming her maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.

The German stunned world number one Serena Williams in the final at Melbourne Park on Saturday, but the American still holds a large lead at the top of the rankings.

Williams' older sister Venus has slipped out of the top 10 after her first-round defeat to unseeded Briton Johanna Konta.

Kerber's rise means that Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza and Maria Sharapova have all slipped down.

Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro is the newest entry into the top 10 at number eight thanks to her run to the quarters.

WTA world top 20 (as of February 1)

1. Serena Williams (USA) 9,245 pts

2. Angelique Kerber (GER) 5,700 (+4)

3. Simona Halep (ROM) 5,545 (-1)

4. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 5,210

5. Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 4,991 (-2)

6. Maria Sharapova (RUS) 3,672 (-1)

7. Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 3,611 (+1)

8. Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) 3,595 (+3)

9. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 3,582 (-2)

10. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 3,580 (-1)

11. Belinda Bencic (SUI) 3,260 (+2)

12. Venus Williams (USA) 3,091 (-2)

13. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 3,090 (-1)

14. Viktoria Azarenka (BLR) 2,935 (+2)

15. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 2,894 (-1)

16. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 2,885 (-1)

17. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 2,535 (+3)

18. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 2,511

19. Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 2,505 (+3)

20. Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 2,461 (+3)

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