Sania slumps to 50th rank, Somdev soars

July 28th, 2008 - 5:53 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) Sania Mirza’s poor form finally took a tool on her singles ranking as she went hurtling down a massive 15 places to 50th spot in the latest WTA rankings released Monday. The biggest Indian mover was Somdev Devvarman, who jumped a phenomenal 221 places in ATP singles rankings to 345th spot after winning his maiden Challenger tournament in Lexington Sunday.

Devvarman, who has now won four tournaments on the trot, is the third Indian o be ranked after Prakash Amritraj and Rohan Bopanna in singles. Amritraj remained at 221 he go to after playing the Hall of Fame final at New Port Rhode Island, while Bopanna lost seven rungs to be at 329.

Sania though got a jolt just before the Olympics as she had been going through a form slump since her return to circuit just before the Wimbledon after surgery to her wrist. She lost to Meng Yuan in the second round of $600,000 East West Bank Classic last week and before that she went down to a British qualifier in the first round of the Stanford WTA tournament. She had also lost in second round matches at WTA events in Birmingham, s’Hertogenbosch and Wimbledon.

Sania also lost six places in the doubles ranking and is placed at 26. Her doubles partner in Olympics –Sunitha Rao also dropped three rungs to 130.

Leander Paes, who lost in the doubles semifinals at the Rogers Masters Sunday, maintained his 15th position in the individual doubles ranking. Paes and his Czech Republic Lukas Dlouhy though gained two spots to 15th. Mahesh Bhupathi gained two spots to reach 10th place.

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