BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 05: Serena Williams of the United States holds the winners trophy after winning her final match against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia on day seven of the Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena on January 5, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Paris – Serena Williams is poised to regain the WTA World No.1 ranking she lost in October, 2010, following her win in Brisbane at the weekend.

The American was named WTA World Player of the Year last year for winning the Wimbledon and US Open titles as well as Olympic gold in London, but that was still not enough for her to overtake Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova ahead of her.

But she is close on their heels and, having being knocked out early at last year's Australian Open, is well placed to pick up big ranking points in Melbourne later this month.

Azarenka, who will be top seed at the year's first Grand Slam, has 10,595 points, 450 points ahead of Sharapova and 845 points clear of Williams.

WTA top rankings

1. Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 10,595 pts

2. Maria Sharapova (RUS) 10,045

3. Serena Williams (USA) 9750

4. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 7505

5. Angelique Kerber (GER) 5550

6. Li Na (CHN) 5255

7. Sara Errani (ITA) 5100

8. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 5085

9. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 4135

10. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 3765

11. Marion Bartoli (FRA) 3740

12. Nadia Petrova (RUS) 3040

13. Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 2841

14. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 2540

15. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 2495

16. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 2475

17. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 2125

18. Julia Goerges (GER) 1965

19. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 1841

20. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 1840 – Sapa-AFP