WIMBLEDON, England -- Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova
moved into the top 10 of the WTA Tour rankings for the first time
at No. 8 Monday, while two-time winner Roger Federer extended his
lead atop the men's standings.
Sharapova was a career-best No. 15 before the start of the
tournament, which she won by beating Serena Williams 6-1, 6-4
Saturday. The Russian never had been past the quarterfinals at a
Williams dropped to No. 14, her lowest spot since March 1999.
She was No. 1 as recently as Aug. 4, 2003, three days after she had
knee surgery. That was the last of her 57 straight weeks at the top
thanks to winning five out of six Grand Slam titles.
Her sister Venus fell to No. 15 after losing in the second round
Despite skipping the grass-court Grand Slam tournament because
of health problems, Justine Henin-Hardenne remained at No. 1 and
Kim Clijsters at No. 2.
Wimbledon semifinalist Amelie Mauresmo rose one spot to No. 4,
switching places with French Open champion Anastasia Myskina.
Lindsay Davenport stayed at No. 5, followed by Elena Dementieva,
Jennifer Capriati, Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Ai Sugiyama.
Karolina Sprem, who upset Venus Williams and made it to her
first major quarterfinal, jumped 10 places to No. 20.
Federer added to his advantage over No. 2 Andy Roddick in the
ATP entry rankings, based on the past 52 weeks and used to
determine seedings at tournaments. Federer beat Roddick 4-6, 7-5,
7-6 (3), 6-4 Sunday in the first Wimbledon final between the two
top-seeded men since 1982.
French Open runner-up Guillermo Coria stayed at No. 3, followed
by Carlos Moya and Tim Henman. David Nalbandian, who skipped
Wimbledon with an injury, fell from fourth to sixth, while 2003
French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero -- who briefly was No. 1
last year -- slid two spots to seventh after losing in Wimbledon's
Rainer Schuettler is No. 8, Lleyton Hewitt is No. 9, and Andre
Agassi is No. 10.
In the ATP Champions Race, calculated with results at top
tournaments this season, Federer has 746 points to Coria's 479.
Roddick, sixth in the Champions Race after the French Open, moved
up to No. 3, with 454 points.