AAP Tennis

Halep up to No.4, Serena No.9 after slam

By AAP Newswire

Simona Halep's Wimbledon championship has lifted her from world No.7 to No.4 in the WTA rankings, while runner-up Serena Williams moved ahead one spot to No.9.

It is Williams' best placing since returning to the tour last season after having a baby.

Halep beat Williams in Saturday's final 6-2 6-2.

French Open champion Ashleigh Barty remains at No.1, followed by two-time major champion Naomi Osaka, and then Karolina Pliskova.

Coco Gauff's magical run from a wildcard entry in qualifying all the way to the fourth round at the All England Club allowed her to move into the WTA's top 150 for the first time.

The 15-year-old American rose 172 places to world No.141 from her world No.313 ranking before the tournament.

Gauff was the youngest player to ever qualify for the main draw at Wimbledon, then beat five-time champion Venus Williams on the way to reaching the fourth round.

That is when Gauff lost to eventual champion Halep.