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Simona Halep climb to third spot in latest WTA rankings, behind Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber

World number one Williams still holds a substantial lead at the top of the rankings, despite pulling out of the Canadian tournament with a shoulder injury.

Simona Halep climb to third spot in latest WTA rankings, behind Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber

Paris: Simona Halep moved back into the world`s top three on Monday after beating Madison Keys to win the WTA event in Montreal.

The Romanian jumps up two places from fifth, with only Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams now above her.

World number one Williams still holds a substantial lead at the top of the rankings, despite pulling out of the Canadian tournament with a shoulder injury.

Keys` run to a first ever final in a hard-court competition sees her break back into the top 10 at a joint career-high ranking of ninth.

Russia`s Svetlana Kuznetsova also moves in the right direction, the two-time major champion is now ranked tenth after her run to the quarter-finals last week.

WTA top 20 on August 1

1. Serena Williams (USA) 8,300 pts

2. Angelique Kerber (GER) 6,745

3. Simona Halep (ROM) 5,970 (+2)

4. Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 5,481 (-1)

5. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 5,340 (-1)

6. Venus Williams (USA) 4,010

7. Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 3,761

8. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 3,550

9. Madison Keys (USA) 3,455 (+3)

10. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 3,060 (+1)

11. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 3,015 (-1)

12. Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) 3,010 (-3)

13. Johanna Konta (GBR) 2,940 (+1)

14. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 2,920 (-1)

15. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 2,609

16. Belinda Bencic (SUI) 2,605

17. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 2,540

18. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 2,425

19. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 2,400

20. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 2,330

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