Ana returns to the top 10

Ana returns to the top 10

It has been a long wait - and at times a real struggle - but after more than five years, Ana is back in the top 10 in the world rankings.

The 26-year-old swapped places with Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, rising from No.11 to 10th, following her quarter-final appearance in the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford last week.

There were many who doubted Ana's resolve, especially when she dropped to No.65 in the rankings during the summer of 2010. For several years she has spoken of her desire to get back into the top 10, and her determination is today rewarded.

"It's obviously a very nice feeling," said Ana. "It has been a long road, and I still have a long way to go. I've had this goal for a long time, so it feels good to achieve it.

"Now I want to keep up this momentum and at the very least qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore."

Current WTA Top 20:
1 Serena Williams (USA) 9,700pts
2 Na Li (Chn) 6,960pts
3 Simona Halep (Rou) 6,785pts
4 Petra Kvitova (Cze) 6,050pts
5 Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) 5,120pts
6 Maria Sharapova (Rus) 4,881pts
7 Angelique Kerber (Ger) 4,570pts
8 Eugenie Bouchard (Can) 4,460pts
9 Jelena Jankovic (Srb) 3,900pts
10 Ana Ivanovic (Srb) 3,605pts
11 Victoria Azarenka (Blr) 3,493pts
12 Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) 3,167pts  
13 Caroline Wozniacki (Den) 3,050pts
14 Flavia Pennetta (Ita) 3,039pts
15 Sara Errani (Ita) 3,035pts
16 Carla Suarez Navarro (Esp) 2,695pts
17 Lucie Safarova (Cze) 2,675pts
18 Andrea Petkovic (Ger) 2,445pts
19 Ekaterina Makarova (Rus) 2,360pts
20 Sloane Stephens (USA) 2,050pts
Road to Singapore Singles Leaderboard:
1 Maria Sharapova (Rus) 4,880pts
2 Simona Halep (Rou) 4,869pts
3 Na Li (Chn) 3,970pts
4 Serena Williams (USA) 3,681pts
5 Eugenie Bouchard (Can) 3,607pts
6 Petra Kvitova (Cze) 3,343pts
7 Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) 3,159pts
8 Ana Ivanovic (Srb) 2,990pts
9 Angelique Kerber (Ger) 2,908pts
10 Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) 2,740pts

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