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Ups and downs

Serena marks year at No. 1; Hewitt falls to No. 5

Posted: Monday July 07, 2003 10:47 AM

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Serena Williams' second straight Wimbledon championship helped her mark a full year at No. 1, while Roger Federer's first Grand Slam title lifted him to a career-high No. 3 in the ATP Tour rankings Monday.

After becoming the first men's defending champion since Manuel Santana in 1967 to lose in the first round, Lleyton Hewitt dropped from second to fifth.

Williams made her debut atop the WTA Tour rankings on July 8, 2002, the Monday following the end of Wimbledon. She beat older sister Venus in each of the past two finals at the All England Club.

Only five women have stayed at No. 1 for more consecutive weeks than Williams' current 53-week stand.

No. 2 Kim Clijsters had a chance to overtake Williams by finishing better than her at Wimbledon but lost to Venus in the semifinals. Clijsters accumulated a lot of points by reaching the semifinals at all 11 events she entered.

"People are playing a lot of tournaments, and they're kind of catching up with my ranking," said Serena, who's entered just seven events so far in 2003.

"So that keeps me very hungry."

French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne, defeated by Serena in the Wimbledon semifinals, remained third in the rankings, and Venus stayed at No. 4.

Actually, the top 10 was exactly the same as it was entering Wimbledon, with Lindsay Davenport at No. 5, followed by Amelie Mauresmo, Jennifer Capriati, Chanda Rubin, Daniela Hantuchova and Anastasia Myskina.

There was some movement among the top men, though, led by Federer's jump from No. 5. Wimbledon runner-up Mark Philippoussis rose from 48th to 22nd.

Hewitt, the 2002 Wimbledon champion and former No. 1, tumbled all the way from No. 2 to No. 5 after losing in the first round to 6-foot-10 (2.09 meter) qualifier Ivo Karlovic of Croatia.

Andre Agassi, beaten by Philippoussis in the fourth round, stayed atop the rankings. At 33, he's the oldest man to be No. 1 in the entry system rankings, based on the past 52 weeks of play and used to determine tournament seedings.

French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero is second, followed by Federer, Carlos Moya, Hewitt, Andy Roddick, Guillermo Coria, Rainer Schuettler, Sebastien Grosjean and Jiri Novak.

Federer also moved into first place in the calendar-year ATP Champions Race, which is based on how players do at the four Grand Slams, the nine-tournament Tennis Masters Series and top results in other international events.

He leads the tour with five titles -- on four different surfaces -- and 50 match victories in 2003.

Ferrero is second in the Champions Race standings, with Australian Open champion Agassi next.


 
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