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Sania slips 2 places in WTA list

However, her doubles ranking remains unchanged at No 31 despite the semi-finals effort at Stanford last week.
None | By Press Trust of India, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2006 07:29 PM IST

A first round exit at Stanford pushed Sania Mirza down two places to 44th on the latest WTA Tour singles charts released on Monday.

A return to her favourite hardcourt surface did not give Sania's ranking the lift she desired as she continued her slide after losing two spots last week.

At Stanford, Sania was ousted by little known Russian Vasilisa Bardina in the first round. She had made it to the quarter-finals at the WTA meet in Mason, Ohio, in the previous week before losing to top seed Patty Schnyder of Switzerland.

Her doubles ranking remained unchanged at No 31 despite the semi-finals effort at Stanford with American Bethanie Mattek.

Shikha Uberoi, who fell three places, is the next top-ranked Indian in singles at 174th spot. Her doubles ranking saw considerable improvement after a quarterfinal showing at Stanford and went up 17 places to 127th.

Shikha teamed up with Serbian Jelena Jankovic to reach the second round where they were grounded by Sania and Mattek.

On the men's side, Leander Paes held on to his 14th place in the ATP doubles chart while compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi improved a notch to 22nd.

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