Second-Placed Pliskova Shoots Ups WTA Rankings, Williams Returns To Top 10

May 20 - by AFP for SportPesa News

The 27-year-old saw off Briton Johanna Konta to win her 13th WTA title in Rome

Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic holds her winners trophy after her straight sets victory against Johanna Konta of Great Britain in the women's final during day eight of the International BNL d'Italia at Foro Italico on May 19, 2019 in Rome, Italy. PHOTO/ GETTY IMAGES

  • Karolina Pliskova climbed five places in the WTA rankings on Monday to second after her Italian Open triumph at the weekend, with Naomi Osaka's world number one spot now in the Czech's sights
  • She will be the second seed at the French Open, which starts on Sunday, as she looks to improve on her previous best Roland Garros performance -- a semi-final run in 2017
  • Osaka's lead in the rankings remains in peril, although reigning French Open champion Simona Halep dropped down to third

PARIS, France- Karolina Pliskova climbed five places in the WTA rankings on Monday to second after her Italian Open triumph at the weekend, with Naomi Osaka's world number one spot now in the Czech's sights.

The 27-year-old saw off Briton Johanna Konta to win her 13th WTA title in Rome.

She will be the second seed at the French Open, which starts on Sunday, as she looks to improve on her previous best Roland Garros performance -- a semi-final run in 2017.

Osaka's lead in the rankings remains in peril, although reigning French Open champion Simona Halep dropped down to third.

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Pliskova's rise has seen three-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber and Petra Kvitova slip two places and one spot respectively.

Serena Williams returned to the top 10 after playing her first match since March in Italy, despite pulling out before her scheduled second-round match with sister Venus.

WTA top 20

1. Naomi Osaka (JPN)          6,486 pts

2. Karolina Pliskova (CZE)     5,685 (+5)

3. Simona Halep (ROU)         5,533 (-1)

4. Kiki Bertens (NED)         5,405

5. Angelique Kerber (GER)      5,095 (-2)

6. Petra Kvitova (CZE)        5,055 (-1)

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7. Sloane Stephens (USA)      4,552 (+1)

8. Ashleigh Barty (AUS)       4,430 (+1)

9. Elina Svitolina (UKR)      3,967 (-3)

10. Serena Williams (USA)      3,521 (+1)

11. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR)      3,500 (-1)

12. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 3,136 (+1)

13. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)   3,063 (-1)

14. Madison Keys (USA)        2,965

15. Belinda Bencic (SUI)      2,893

16. Wang Qiang (CHN)          2,815 (+1)

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17. Anett Kontaveit (EST)      2,565 (-1)

18. Julia Goerges (GER)       2,520

19. Garbine Muguruza (ESP)     2,465

20. Elise Mertens (BEL)       2,305