The 23-time major champion Serena Williams returned to top 10 in tennis rankings for the first time since taking a break to have her first child, she dropped to 491st upon her return to competition in March 2018.

Serena Williams returned to the top 10 of the WTA rankings for the first time since taking a break from tennis to have a baby.

But the 37-year-old after reaching two Grand Slam finals since losing to Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon and Naomi Osaka at the US Open, also a quarter-final loss to Karolina Pliskova at last month’s Australian Open.

In December 2018 Serena Williams had revealed after the drama-filled US Open final that she wants to “move on to bigger and better things” also praising the introduction of more ranking protection for new mothers on the WTA Tour.

Despite losing out on the first grand slam of 2019, Williams has said equalling Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles is a “significant” goal for 2019.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion’s next scheduled tournament is the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, which is where she made her return to WTA competition as a mother 11 months ago.

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The 23-time major champion won the Australian Open in January 2017 while still in the early stages of her pregnancy before giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia in September of that year.

Serena Williams returned at Indian Wells in March 2018, having dropped as low as 491 in the standings, but Monday’s update saw the 37-year-old ascend back to number 10 in the world.

The American has not featured this season since a quarter-final defeat to Karolina Pliskova at the Australian Open but has moved up the rankings due to some of her rivals’ failures to defend their points.

Naomi Osaka, who triumphed at Melbourne Park after defeating Williams at the US Open in the final major of 2018, remains at number one, while Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens each move up one place to second and third respectively as Petra Kvitova drops down to fourth on the list.

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