Russia's Maria Sharapova in action during her match against Romania's Simona Halep in Rome. Photo: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

PARIS – Maria Sharapova's run to the Italian Open semi-finals has earned her an 11-place jump to 29th in the latest WTA rankings on Monday.

While Sharapova was moving up the charts Elina Svitolina remained at number four despite her successful title defence in Rome.

Beaten finalist Simona Halep retains her number one spot with Caroline Wozniacki in second and Garbine Muguruza in third.

For Sharapova, this latest jump came after her 12-rung climb following her progress to the quarter-finals in Madrid the week before.

The Russian former world number one and five time Grand Slam champion is hitting her stride just at the right time with the French Open starting next Monday.

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The latest WTA rankings as of May 21 are:

1. Simona Halep (ROM) 7,270 pts
2. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 6,935
3. Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 6,010
4. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 5,505
5. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 5,382 (+1)
6. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 5,335 (-1)
7. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 5,170
8. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 4,550
9. Venus Williams (USA) 4,201
10. Sloane Stephens (USA) 4,164 
11. Julia Görges (GER) 3,090 
12. Angelique Kerber (GER) 3,040 
13. Madison Keys (USA) 2,826 (+1)
14. Daria Kasatkina (RUS) 2,825 (-1)
15. Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 2,533 (+1)
16. Elise Mertens (BEL) 2,525 (+1)
17. Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 2,328 (+1)
18. Kiki Bertens (NED) 2,250 (-3)
19. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 2,225
20. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 2,225

29. Maria Sharapova (RUS) 1,513 (+11)

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