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Tennis: Serena Williams returns to top 30 in world rankings



Serena Williams returned to the world ’ s top 30 in the Women’ s Tennis Association rankings released on Monday after finishing as Wimbledon runner – up .The 36 -year – old American climbed 153 places to 28 th despite losing Saturday ’ s final at the All England Club to German Angelique Kerber , Williams’ s fourth tournament since giving birth to her daughter 10 months ago .

Kerber , who won her third Grand Slam title , moved up six places to world number four , with French Open winner Simona Halep of Romania retaining the top ranking despite her third -round exit at Wimbledon .

In the men ’ s rankings , Novak Djokovic ’ s fourth Wimbledon crown propelled him back to 10 th in the world after falling outside the top 20 for the first time since 2006 .

South Africa ’ s Kevin Anderson moved up three places to a career – high fifth after reaching the Wimbledon final for the first time in his career .

Spaniard Rafael Nadal remained at the top of the rankings and increased his lead over number two Roger Federer .

Federer ’ s Wimbledon title defence was ended by Anderson in a marathon quarter – final .

( Reuters / NAN )