Rankings watch: Is Serena set for a top 20 return?

Published by Leigh Rogers

BACK IN STYLE: Serena Williams celebrates after reaching the Wimbledon semifinals; Getty Images
From new career-bests to dramatic rises, how high can the Wimbledon semifinalists climb in the rankings?

Serena Williams started Wimbledon ranked No.181 – but with her semifinal run, she is now verging on a top 50 return.

The 36-year-old, competing in her fourth tournament since becoming a mother in September 2017, could rise as high as No.19 should she win an Open era-record 24th Grand Slam singles title.

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Williams’ semifinal opponent German Julia Goerges is aiming to reach her first Grand Slam final. Should the world No.13 advance to Saturday’s championship match, she will better her previous career-high ranking of No.10.

Jelena Ostapenko needs to reach the final to return to the top 10, while former world No.1 Angelique Kerber would move as high as No.4 with the title.

Projected rankings after Wimbledon
Angelique Kerber 9 6 4
Julia Goerges 10 8/9 4
Jelena Ostapenko 11 9/10 5
Serena Williams 51 28 19

Gentlemen’s singles

Rafael Nadal will retain his No.1 ranking – while new career-highs are guaranteed for first-time Wimbledon semifinalists Kevin Anderson and John Isner.

Isner would make his top five debut if he wins the title, while Anderson will move into the top five if he makes the final.

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Novak Djokovic, who started the tournament ranked No.21, needs to win the title to return to the world’s top 10. The three-time Wimbledon champion faces Nadal in a blockbuster semifinal, where he is aiming to score his first win over his No.1-ranked opponent since May 2016.

Projected rankings after Wimbledon
Rafael Nadal 1 1 1
Kevin Anderson 6 5 4
John Isner 8 6 5
Novak Djokovic 13 11 10

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