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Petra Kvitova climbs to 12th after Birmingham title; Marin Cilic 6th after Queen's Club exploits

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova moved up to 12th in the WTA rankings released Monday as she made a winning comeback from a knife attack by lifting the Birmingham title.

 Petra Kvitova climbs to 12th after Birmingham title; Marin Cilic 6th after Queens Club exploits

File photo of Petra Kvitova. Reuters

The 27-year-old Czech was playing just her second tournament since recovering from severe injuries to her left playing hand suffered while fighting off a knife-wielding burglar at her home in December.

Kvitova -- who hit a career-high number two ranking in October 2011 -- will be bidding to add to her two Wimbledon titles in 2011 and 2014 starting on 3 July.

Birmingham runner-up Ashleigh Barty of Australia moved up 23 places to 54th in the rankings dominated by Germany's Angelique Kerber ahead of Romanian Simona Halep and Czech Karolina Pliskova.

Croatia's Marin Cilic moved up to sixth in the latest ATP rankings released on Monday after reaching the Queen's final.

Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, who beat Cilic in the pre-Wimbledon warm-up tournament, moves up seven places to 25th.

Scot Andy Murray continues to lead the rankings ahead of Spain's Rafael Nadal.

Swiss Roger Federer, winner of a ninth Halle title ahead of his assault on an eighth Wimbledon crown next month, remains fifth.


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Updated Date: Jun 26, 2017 19:27:43 IST