Azarenka climbs back into Top 10

Win over top-ranked Serena Williams in the final of Indian Wells moves Victoria Azarenka up seven places to eighth in WTA rankings. Maria Sharapova however has fallen out of the top 10 for the first time since January, 2011.

Victoria Azarenka returns to Serena Williams in the final of BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament on Sunday.   -  AP

Victoria Azarenka has returned to the world top 10 for the first time since August 2014 on the back of her win over top-ranked Serena Williams in the final of Indian Wells on Sunday.

A former world number one herself, the Belarussian has struggled with injury and motivation over the last two years, but has been gradually working her way back and the title win moves her up seven places to eighth.

Going the other way is Maria Sharapova. The Russian is injured and under the cloud of a failed drug test and she has fallen out of the top 10 for the first time since January 2011.

Meanwhile, Agnieszka Radwanska is back up to second place thanks to her run into the semifinals at Indian Wells, but she trails well behind the dominant Williams.

WTA World Top 20

1. Serena Williams (USA) 9,505 pts; 2. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 5,775 (+1);

3. Angelique Kerber (GER) 5,700 (-1); 4. Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 4,776;

5. Simona Halep (ROM) 3,960; 6. Carla Suarez (ESP) 3,800;

7. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 3,698 (+2); 8. Viktoria Azarenka (BLR) 3,595 (+7);

9. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 3,540 (+1); 10. Belinda Bencic (SUI) 3,450 (-2);

11. Maria Sharapova (RUS) 3,442 (-4); 12. Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 3,153 (-1);

13. Venus Williams (USA) 3,092 (-1); 14. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 2,795 (+5);

15. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 2,768 (-2); 16. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 2,695 (-2);

17. Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 2,531 (+1); 18. Sara Errani (ITA) 2,530 (-2);

19. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 2,480 (-2); 20. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 2,345 (+1).