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Somdev touches career-high in singles

sports Updated: Mar 22, 2011 00:50 IST
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Riding on his success at the Indian Wells Masters last week, where he made it to the round of 16, Somdev Devvarman matched Leander Paes' career-high ranking on the ATP charts.

According to the rankings released on Monday, Somdev rose 11 places from last week and is placed at 73, a mark set by Paes on August 24, 1998. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/22_03_11-metro-23.jpg

The 26-year-old Indian started the year with an eye on breaking the top-50 and three months into the season he has gained ground towards that goal.

Somdev has had an eventful past month or so, starting with a first round match-up with Roger Federer at the Dubai Open. He followed it up with a victory over Janko Tipsarevic, then ranked 45, on the first day of the Davis Cup World Group first round tie in Serbia.

However, he took the biggest strides on the slow courts of Indian Wells, where, having qualified for the main draw, he made it to the pre-quarters. Somdev's run, which included upset wins over Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis and Xavier Malisse of Belgium, was brought to an end by world No.1 Rafael Nadal.

India's Sania Mirza also re-entered the top-100 in women's rankings. Sania, who along with Russian partner Elena Vesnina, captured the women's doubles crown at Indian Wells and clawed up from 107 in singles rankings last week to 99.

This week Sania is seeking to qualify for the Miami event in the USA. She has been seeded 19th and will take on Chinese Xinyun Han in the first round.

Wozniacki wins

Indian Wells: Top seed Caroline Wozniacki held off a spirited fightback by Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli to win her 14th WTA title with a 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 victory in the women’s final on Sunday.

The Danish world number one recovered from the surprise loss of the second set to end a marathon baseline slugfest in two hours eight minutes at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Wozniacki, beaten by Serb Jelena Jankovic in last year's final here, broke the 15th-seeded Frenchwoman three times in the final set, sealing victory when her opponent sent a backhand long.

The jubilant Dane threw both arms skywards to celebrate her second title of the year, having also triumphed at last month's Dubai championships. "It means a lot," Wozniacki told reporters after earning $700,000 for her triumphant march to the Indian Wells crown.

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