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Kerber second to Halep in WTA rankings

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 26, 2018 Simona Halep of Romania hits a return against Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during their women’s singles third round match of the WTA Wuhan Open tennis tournament in Wuhan on September 25, 2018. – World number one Simona Halep on October 18 withdrew from the WTA Finals in Singapore due to a back injury, the latest tournament she has been forced to abandon. (Photo by Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP)

Germany’s Angelique Kerber moved up to second place in the latest WTA rankings released Monday behind injured world number one Simona Halep.

It’s the highest ranking since July 2017 for Wimbledon champion Kerber, who is gunning to win this week’s WTA Finals in Singapore.

But Halep, missing from Singapore, is secure in the top spot and will end the season as number one thanks to a points difference of 6,921 to 5,375 for the German.

Along with Halep, Serena Williams will also miss the Singapore event which brings together eight of the top women’s players.

In an early shock in Singapore, defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, who slipped from two to three in the latest rankings, was beaten 6-2, 6-4 by Karolina Pliskova.

Latest women’s WTA rankings

1. Simona Halep (ROU) 6921 pts

2. Angelique Kerber (GER) 5375 (+1)

3. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 5086 (-1)

4. Naomi Osaka (JPN) 4740

5. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 4255 (+2)

6. Sloane Stephens (USA) 3943 (+2)

7. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 3850 (-1)

8. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 3840 (-3)

9. Kiki Bertens (NED) 3710 (+1)

10. Daria Kasatkina (RUS) 3315 (+4)

11. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 3185

12. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 3145 (+3)

13. Elise Mertens (BEL) 3065 (+3)

14. Julia Goerges (GER) 2995 (-5)

15. Serena Williams (USA) 2976 (+2)

16. Madison Keys (USA) 2817 (+3)

17. Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 2725 (-4)

18. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 2600 (-6)

19. Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 2420 (+1)

20. Anett Kontaveit (EST) 2375 (+1)


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