Andy Murray keeps firm grip on top spot, Ashleigh Barty jumps 66 places in latest rankings

Paris: Andy Murray tightened his grip on top spot in the latest ATP world rankings released Monday following his Dubai Tennis Championships win.

File photo of Andy Murray. AP

File photo of Andy Murray. AP

Murray, 29, beat Fernando Verdasco in straight sets in the final while his rivals both suffered setbacks. Number two Novak Djokovic slipped up on the hard courts of Acapulco, where he was beaten in the quarter-finals by Nick Kyrgios, while Stan Wawrinka, in third place, fell at the first hurdle in Dubai against lowly Bosnian Damir Dzumhur.

Meanwhile, Australian Ashleigh Barty jumped 66 places into the world top 100 in the latest WTA rankings released Monday following her victory in the Malaysian Open.

After coming through the qualifiers, Barty, now ranked 92, beat Japan's Nao Hibino in straight sets in Kuala Lumpur for her first WTA title.

The top rankings remain unchanged with the leaders all out of action last week but Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko moves up nine places to 41st after winning in Acapulco while her beaten finalist Kristina Mladenovic of France rises four places to 26th, her highest ranking.

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Updated Date: Mar 06, 2017 21:32:29 IST

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