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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Sharapova returns to Top 30

Internazionali BNL d'Italia semifinalists Maria Sharapova and Anett Kontaveit both receive ranking boosts.
Former World No.1 Maria Sharapova's fortunes are looking up after a strong showing in Rome and Madrid.

The Russian's progress had been derailed at the start of the year as a third-round loss to Angelique Kerber at the Australian Open kickstarted a four-match losing streak, Sharapova's longest since 2003, and a slip outside the Top 50. But an encouraging fortnight in Madrid, where she made the quarterfinals, and Rome, where she lost to Simona Halep in the semifinals, alongside re-hired coach Thomas Hogstedt has seen the 31-year-old rebound.
Last week's run at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia was Sharapova's biggest semifinal run since she made the last four at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global in 2015, and included three hard-fought three-setters over No.16 seed Ashleigh Barty, Dominika Cibulkova and No.5 seed Jelena Ostapenko.
With her new ranking of No.29, Sharapova has achieved her stated goal at the start of the week to make the likely Roland Garros seeds.