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May 26th, 2007, 12:32 PM
ROME, Italy - Not only did Serena Williams return to the Top 10 of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles rankings this week, she also returned to the Top 10 in the ACES race, a program designed to recognize what the players are doing off the court to promote the sport. The Race leader at the end of the year will receive the Diamond ACES Award.

Williams had a busy week in Rome, her first visit to Europe since Wimbledon 2005. She participated in a Sony Ericsson photo shoot the weekend before the tournament, had a lengthy chat with the Daily Telegraph in London (the article appeared on May 19) and participated in a few more one-on-ones with American and Italian media, on top of her standard All-Access Hour commitments.

Williams was a quarterfinalist at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, a tournament she won five years ago. She has already won the two most prestigious tournaments of the season so far - the Australian Open and Miami - and she hopes her run on the Italian clay will prepare her well for Roland Garros in the French capital.

The world's best doubles players also participated in a big way in Rome at the daily Young Village kids clinics on-site, with the likes of Rennae Stubbs, Cara Black, Liezel Huber, Lisa Raymond, Janette Husarova, Romina Oprandi, Karin Knapp, Kveta Peschke, Ai Sugiyama and Katarina Srebotnik all taking part.

Eventual Internazionali BNL d'Italia singles champion Jelena Jankovic further solidified her position at the top of the leader board by contributing more time to the media and tournament sponsor engagements.

Below are the ACES Race 2007 standings as of May 21, 2007, following the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, Italy.

1. Jelena Jankovic (390)
2. Ana Ivanovic (230)
3. Justine Henin (210)
3. Svetlana Kuznetsova (210)
5. Nadia Petrova (205)
6. Tatiana Golovin (200)
6. Martina Hingis (200)
8. Kim Clijsters (155)
8. Amélie Mauresmo (155)
10. Serena Williams (145)


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