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Sania plummets to lowly 70 in singles ranking, Paes moves up

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Sep 11 (UNI) Sania Mirza's second round exit in the US Open saw her plummeting to a lowly 70 in singles chart while Leander Paes's maiden doubles title ensured him gain three places in the latest rankings released today.

Sania, who has not advanced beyond the second round in any major tournament this season, slipped 16 places from her previous 54th and is now being ranked lower than a host of Asian players who were earlier well below her.

This is the lowest rankings this season for the 19-year-old Hyderabadi who will feature in the Sunfeast Open -- a WTA Tier III event -- in Kolkata starting on September 18.

With 366 points to her credit, she is now lying below the likes of Li Na of China (21st), Ai Sugiyama of Japan (28th), Shahar Peer of Israel (22nd), Jie Zheng of China (32nd), Anna Smashnova of Israel (54th), Shuai Peng of China (61st), Yuliana Fedak of Ukraine (64th), in the rankings still headed by Amelie Mauresmo of France.

US Open champion Maria Sharapova moved up one place to finish third behind runners-up Justine Henin-Hardenne who remained static.

Sania has some consolation as she retains her 28th place in doubles rankings after her third round appearnace in US Open, partnering with Liezel Huber of South Africa.

Meanwhile, Leander Paes's maiden US Open doubles title ensured him to move up three places to ninth in individual ATP rankings among doubles players. Paes is one place ahead of his partner Martin Damm of Czech Republic.

Among other Indian women, Shikha Uberoi slipped three places to be ranked 194th, Ankita Bhambri gains one place to finish at 361st, while Isha Lakhani (387th) and Rushmi Chakravarthi (457th) moved down the ladder.


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