WTA rankings: Sania breaks into top-10 in doubles
Indian tennis player Sania Mirza on broke into the doubles top-10 for the first time in her career as she gained a place after the US Open, where she made the third round along with Russian partner Elena Vesnina.
Sania is now, the fourth Indian player from the current lot to feature in the doubles top-10. Veteran stars Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi and the ever-improving Rohan Bopanna figure in the top-10 in the ATP doubles ranking chart.
Sania won three doubles title in the current calendar to take the overall number to 12 trophies.
Image: Elena Vesnina (L) and Sania Mirza pose with the trophy after winning the title at Indian Wells in March this year
'Woke up to find out I cracked the top 10 in the world'
She triumphed at Indian Wells and Charleston with Vesnina and at College Park with Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova.
"Woke up to find out I cracked the top 10 in the world:) thanks each and everyone of you for the support and love all these years," Sania wrote on her twitter page.
"Needed some good news to lift up spirits after this silly knee injury...hope to recover soon," her next tweet read.
Bhupathi congratulated Sania for the achievement.
"Welcome to the top 10 club. That's a big effort. Now stay there for a while please... :)," Bhupathi tweeted.
Image: Sania and Elena
Sania slips 17 places to 81 in singles rankings
However, Sania's first round exit in the singles at the last Grand Slam of the year cost her dear as she slipped to 81 from 64.
Sania had points to defend as she had reached the second round at the US Open last year via qualifying but the defeat against Shahar Peer meant that all she could get was just five points.
Sania, who is likely to miss to the rest of the season due to a knee injury, and Vesnina are now placed fourth in the WTA race to year-end championship.
Only the top four pairs compete in the elite championship and due to Sania's injury the Indo-Russian pair may end up losing a lot of points and hence miss out on qualifying.
They have 4788 points, Yaroslava Shvedova and American Vaina King are getting close as they have 4685 points.
Image: Sania Mirza