Switzerland's Patty Schnyder has made it back into the world's top 40, following her title triumph at the season-ending WTA tournament in Pattaya, Thailand.
The Swiss number two climbed seven places in the sport's world rankings after Sunday's straight sets win over Henrieta Nagyova, to finish the year in 37th position.
Schnyder's surprise win ended a drought of almost three years without a title. A former top ten player (reaching eighth place in 1998), the 22-year-old from Basel suffered a major slump in her performances after embarking on a disastrous relationship with former coach Rainer Harnecker.
With the 'Harnecker affair' now apparently behind her, Schnyder says she will be aiming for a place in the top 20 next season.
The Pattaya tournament had no bearing on the positions at the very top of the world rankings, with Switzerland's Martina Hingis having to settle for third place behind new world number one Lindsay Davenport and number two Jennifer Capriati.
swissinfo with agencies