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Sania, Bhupathi slip in rankings

The Hyderabadi teenager dropped two rungs to 40 while Indian ace Bhupathi slipped another step to 30th.

india Updated: May 29, 2006 14:38 IST

An injury lay-off followed by a first round exit in the Istanbul Cup cost Sania Mirza two places as the Hyderabadi teenager dropped two rungs to 40 in the latest WTA Singles Ranking announced on Monday.

Dutchwoman Michaella Krajicek beat Sania 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 in Istanbul and that marked Sania's poor run of failing to go beyond the second round in the nine events so far this year,

The Indian, who kicks off her French Open campaign against 2004 winner and 10th seed Anastasia Myskina, now has 530.50 ranking points in her kitty.

Among her compatriots, US-based Shikha Uberoi (155) was static at 179 while Fed Cupper Ankita Bhambri (56.25) slid six rungs to 349.

Veteran Rushmi Charavarthi (35.75) hangs on to her 440th place, while Sanaa Bhambri (30.25) slipped 11 notches to a lowly 486.

There was no movement in the women's top 10 list, headed by Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo (3272) and followed by Kim Clijsters (3048), Nadia Petrova (2620), Maria Sharapova (2543), Justine Henin-Hardenne (2408), Mary Pierce (2302), Lindsay Davenport (2254), Elena Dementieva (1990), Patty Schnyder (1753) and Svetlana Kuznetsova (1711).

Meanwhile, in the men's doubles, Indian ace Leander Paes remains unmoved at his 13th place with 2380 points while his estranged partner Mahesh Bhupathi (1620) slipped another step to 30th.

First Published: May 29, 2006 14:38 IST