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Sharapova puts pressure on Azarenka

Paris – Russia's Maria Sharapova, winner of the silver medal at the London Olympics, moved up one place to world number two in the latest WTA rankings released on Monday.

Belarussian Victoria Azarenka, winner of bronze in London, holds the world number one ranking, as Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska paid the price for her first round defeat as she fell one spot to world number three.

Russia's Maria Sharapova returns to Serena Williams of the U.S. in their women's singles gold medal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Club during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 4, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Blake (BRITAIN - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT TENNIS). Credit: REUTERS

Olympic champion Serena Williams, winner of the singles gold and the doubles with sister Venus, has moved closer to the leading trio. Williams is less than 800 points off the top spot which she hasn't held since October 2010.

Rankings

1. Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 8820 pts

2. Maria Sharapova (RUS) 8720 (+1)

3. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 8260 (-1)

4. Serena Williams (USA) 8045

5. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 6195

6. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 5275

7. Angelique Kerber (GER) 5225

8. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 4206

9. Sara Errani (ITA) 3620

10. Marion Bartoli (FRA) 3400

11. Li Na (CHN) 3245

12. Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 3085

13. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 2945 (+1)

14. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 2835 (+1)

15. Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 2800 (-2)

16. Kaia Kanepi (EST) 2514

17. Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 2270 (+2)

18. Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 2220

19. Sabine Lisicki (GER) 2142 (+1)

20. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 2060 (-3) – Sapa-AFP

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