Tennis

Li Na moves to second in WTA Rankings

Li Na won the 2014 Australian Open (©GettyImages)
Li Na won the 2014 Australian Open (©GettyImages).

Li Na has become the first Asian singles player to reach number two in the world, as she leapfrogged Victoria Azarenka.

Li's lofty ranking comes after her success in the Australian Open, where she defeated Dominika Cibulkova. She was also able to successfully defend her Shenzhen Open title at the start of the tournament.

Li' Na was already the record holder for her previous high of third, breaking the record of Japan's Kimmiko Date-Krumm, who once held fourth.

Further strides have been made in the women's doubles game, as Li's compatriot Peng Shuai rose to number one. This is the first time that any Chinese player has been top of rankings.

The achievements of these two women hasn't gone unnoticed by WTA Chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster, who said: "As they have done throughout their careers, both players continue to set new milestones for Chinese tennis.

"Their accomplishments are truly inspirational and the WTA is fortunate to have such ambassadors representing the sport around the world."

Serena Williams still holds her position as the world's number one in the WTA Rankings as she defended her Brisbane International title.

Agnieszka Radwanska was also able to squeeze into the top three ahead of Azarenka, after strong performances in the Australian Open (Semi-Final) and the Hopman Cup (Final)

Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova hold their positions of fifth and sixth respectively.

Britain's Heather Watson's victory in the Dow Corning Tennis Classic in Michigan has seen her climb 39 places up to 122. Laura Robson meanwhile remains 57th in the world.


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