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Hingis clings to top spot as Federer’s stock rises

Hingis remains on top of the women's rankings Keystone

Swiss tennis star Martina Hingis has held on to top spot in the latest world rankings despite having to withdraw from last week's WTA tournament in Toronto.

Hingis’ lead has been reduced to just 621 points, though, with America’s Jennifer Capriati leaping into second place after reaching the final of the Canadian tournament. Capriati’s climb comes at the expense of compatriot Lindsay Davenport who has dropped down to third.

In the men’s rankings, Swiss number one Roger Federer is closing in on his target of a place in the world’s top ten. Despite being forced by injury to miss out on the last three ATP tournaments, Federer has managed to hold on to 13th spot and is now just 80 points off Pete Sampras in tenth place.

At the start of the year, Federer was 940 points from the top ten. But a good run at the US Open, which gets underway next week, could now be enough to lift the young Swiss star into the illustrious club.

WTA Rankings: 1. Martina Hingis (Swi) 2. Jennifer Capriati (USA) 3. Lindsay Davenport (USA) 4. Venus Williams (USA) 5. Kim Clijsters (Bel) 6. Justine Henin (Bel) 7. Monica Seles (USA) 8. Amélie Mauresmo (Frau) 9. Nathalie Tauziat (Fra) 10. Serena Williams (USA)… 35. Patty Schnyder (Swi)… 84. Miroslava Vavrinec… 87. Emmanuelle Gagliardi… 107. Marie-Gaïané Mikaelian (Swi)

ATP Rankings: 1. Gustavo Kuerten (Bra) 2 Andre Agassi (USA) 3. Marat Safin (Rus) 4. Lleyton Hewitt (Aus) 5. Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spa) 6. Patrick Rafter (Aus) 7. Yevgeny Kafelnikov (Rus) 8. Sébastien Grosjean (Frau) 9. Tim Henman (GB) 10. Pete Sampras (USA)… 13. Roger Federer (Swi)… 68. Michel Kratochvil (Swi)… 92. Marc Rosset (Swi)… 118. George Bastl (Swi)… 133. Ivo Heuberger (Swi)… 260. Lorenzo Manta (Swi)

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