Venus Williams, Roddick Drop in Rankings
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
(07-11) 05:13 PDT WIMBLEDON, England (AP) --
Venus Williams dropped out of the WTA Tour's top 20, and Andy Roddick slid out of the ATP Tour's top 10 in Monday's rankings after both fell short of past performances at Wimbledon.
Roger Federer's fourth consecutive Wimbledon title allowed him to stay at No. 1, but No. 2 Rafael Nadal closed the gap by reaching his first final at the All England Club.
The first five spots in the women's rankings didn't change: Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo remained at No. 1, followed by semifinalist Kim Clijsters, runner-up Justine Henin-Hardenne, semifinalist Maria Sharapova and Nadia Petrova.
Both Williams and Roddick have been ranked No. 1 in the past.
Williams was the defending champion at the All England Club but was upset in the third round by Jelena Jankovic, sending the American from No. 12 to No. 23. Williams also won Wimbledon in 2000 and 2001, and reached the final in 2002 and 2003, losing to younger sister Serena each time.
Serena Williams, also once ranked No. 1, skipped this Wimbledon with a left knee injury that's kept her off the tour most of the year, and she's now ranked 140th.
Roddick, the Wimbledon runner-up in 2004 and 2005, was knocked out in the third round this time, a straight-sets loser to Andy Murray. Roddick's ranking went from fifth to 11th, his first time out of the top 10 since the start of 2003.
Federer and Nadal were followed by David Nalbandian, Ivan Ljubicic, Nikolay Davydenko, James Blake, Mario Ancic and Radek Stepanek, who rose five spots to a career-high No. 8 by reaching the quarterfinals last week.
Davydenko, Blake and Ancic also are at their highest rankings.
Tommy Robredo is ninth, and Marcos Baghdatis — the only player from Cyprus ever to compete at a Grand Slam tournament — moved up six places to No. 10, his best ranking, thanks to his run to the semifinals.
Wimbledon quarterfinalist Elena Dementieva jumped two spots to No. 6. French Open runner-up Svetlana Kuznetsova, Patty Schnyder, Mary Pierce and former No. 1 Lindsay Davenport round out the top 10.