Romania's Simona Halep moves into top four, but pulls out of Italian competition with injury
Romanian tennis player Simona Halep has officially moved to the fourth position in the WTA world rankings.
The 22-year-old, who entered the top 10 at the beginning of the year, ascended after Belarusian Victoria Azarenka failed to play in Rome because of an injury.
Halep, though, has her own injury concerns, after withdrawing from her third-round affair with Carla Suarez Navarro at the Internazionali d'Italia due to an abdominal problem.
She recently finished runner-up at the Mutua Madrid Open, losing in the final to Russian Maria Sharapova, who moved from 9 to 7.
Fourth in the WTA rankings is the best ever performance held by a Romanian tennis player.
The world top three remained unchanged with US champion Serena Williams leading the pack, followed by China’s Na Li and Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska.
Jelena Jankovic moved up to seventh, while Maria Sharapova dropped one position to eighth.
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