Serena Williams is officially back in the world top ten tennis rankings. It took her less than twelve months after returning from giving birth to do it. If there was ever any lingering questions about her status as the absolute GOAT (and really, there shouldn’t have been), this should just about seal it for good.

After returning from a break to have wee tiny daughter Alexis in September of 2017, Williams initially dropped to the unusually low mark of 491st overall on the WTA rankings.

But after reaching two Grand Slam finals in 2018 – the US Open and Wimbledon – Williams has once again crossed the threshold into the overall top ten.

Despite not playing since her quarter final exit at this year’s Australian Open, the 37-year-old jumped one place to 10th overall last night, after the points Caroline Wozniacki earned from reaching the semi-final of last year’s Doha Open expired, sending her tumbling down the rankings to 14th.

Interestingly enough, that points expiry also benefitted Aussie legend Ash Barty, who rose to a career-high 12th spot overall as a result.

Naomi Osaka remains the world number one on the WTA singles rankings, followed by Romanian Simona Heap, American Sloane Stephens, Czech national Petra Kvitova, with fellow countryman Karolina Pliskova rounding out the top five.

Williams has already declared her intention to claim another Grand Slam singles title in 2019, which would draw her level with Margaret Court for all-time most Grand Slam singles tournament wins at 24. Williams already owns the record for the most Grand Slam singles tournament wins of the Open Era.

Matter of time, really.

Source: The Age
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