Comeback queen Kvitova closes in on Top-10

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova moved up to 12th in the WTA rankings released on Monday as she made a winning comeback from a knife attack by lifting the Birmingham title.

The 27-year-old Czech was playing just her second tournament since recovering from severe injuries to her left playing hand.   -  AP

 

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova moved up to 12th in the WTA rankings released on Monday as she made a winning comeback from a knife attack by lifting the Birmingham title.

The 27-year-old Czech was playing just her second tournament since recovering from severe injuries to her left playing hand suffered while fighting off a knife-wielding burglar at her home in December.

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Kvitova -- who hit a career-high number two ranking in October 2011 -- will be bidding to add to her two Wimbledon titles in 2011 and 2014 starting on July 3.

Birmingham runner-up Ashleigh Barty of Australia moved up 23 places to 54th in the rankings dominated by Germany's Angelique Kerber ahead of Romanian Simona Halep and Czech Karolina Pliskova.

Rankings on June 26:

1. Angelique Kerber (GER) 6.965 pts

2. Simona Halep (ROM) 6.850

3. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 6.386

4. Serena Williams (USA) 4.810

5. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 4.765

6. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 4.345 (+2)

7. Johanna Konta (GBR) 4.325

8. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 4.310 (+1)

9. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 4.010 (-3)

10. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 3.985

11. Venus Williams (USA) 3.941

12. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 3.135 (+4)

13. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 3.095 (-1)

14. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 3.080 (-1)

15. Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 3.060 (-1)

16. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 2.777 (-1)

17. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 2.580

18. Madison Keys (USA) 2.523

19. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 2.325

20. Timea Bacsinsky (SUI) 1.873

Selected:

54. Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 1.060 (+23)

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