Sania is career-best 14th in doubles

Sania Mirza achieves a career-best doubles ranking of 14th and number three with doubles partner.

Last Updated: Jun 06, 2011, 23:43 PM IST

New Delhi: Sania Mirza touched a new high on Monday as she achieved a career-best doubles ranking of 14th and along with her Russian partner Elena Vesnina, became world number three in the WTA Championship race owing to their French Open runners-up finish.

Sania and Elena, who have already won two WTA titles this season, are now in contention for the year-ending WTA championship, to be held in Istanbul, Turkey. They have 3606 points and only the top-four pairs make the cut for the elite event.

In singles, Sania made a significant jump as she zoomed to 58 from 72 despite the second round exit from French Open.

The stupendous show at Roland Garros, where she and Elena ended runners-up in the women`s doubles meant that Sania improved her doubles ranking by 11 places.
The Race standings are being led by Kveta Peschke of Czech Republic and Slovakia`s Katarina Srebotnik (4395), followed by Russia`s Maria Kirilenko and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (3865).

Meanhwile, in the ATP singles rankings, Somdev Devvarman slipped a spot to 67.

In doubles, Rohan Bopanna further improved his career best ranking by reaching the number 10 spot while Leander Paes moved out of top-10 to be at 11th position.

Mahesh Bhupathi maintained his fifth rank.

PTI