Serena back in number one spot, Nadal rises

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Serena Williams hasn’t played since her Australian Open triumph, which saw her surpass Steffi Graf for the most Grand Slam singles titles within the Open Era

PARIS, France, Apr 24 – US tennis star Serena Williams returned to the earth number one spot within the latest WTA rankings released on Monday, days after announcing her pregnancy.

The 35-year-old moved up one place during a week dedicated to Fed Cup action ahead of Germany’s Angelique Kerber with Czech Karolina Pliskova holding third spot.

Williams, one of the greatest players of all time, revealed Wednesday in which she will be expecting her first baby as well as will not play again in which year.

Kelly Bush Novak, Williams’ publicist, said in which week in which she “looks forward to returning in 2018” as well as in which was echoed by her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

Overtaking Australia’s Margaret Court for the all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles crowns — Williams will be on 23 — will be also “a determining factor” in her motivation to plough on, the Frenchman said.

Williams will be due to give birth in September.

-Nadal up to fifth-

Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after beating compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas to clinch his 10th Monte Carlo Masters title in Monaco, on April 23, 2017

At the same time, Rafael Nadal moved up to fifth within the latest rankings a day after claiming a record 10th Monte Carlo title.

Spain’s 30-year-old king of clay won his 50th trophy on his favourite surface, his 70th overall as well as his first title in almost a year as he beat compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-3 in just 76 minutes.

Ramos-Vinolas, 29, who had upset number one Andy Murray as well as Marin Cilic within the best run of his career, moved up several places to a career-high 19th.

Britain’s Murray remains top ahead of Serb Novak Djokovic as well as Swiss Stan Wawrinka, who were all early casualties in Monte Carlo.

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