Stephens ends 12-year wait by breaking into to top five
Sloane Stephens will move into the top five of the WTA rankings as a result of her run to the French Open final, ending a 12-year absence for an American woman not named WIlliams.
Stephens' success sees her ascend to fourth in the rankings, making her the first American other than Serena or Venus Williams to sit inside the top five since Lindsay Davenport in April 2006.
In a quirky twist, it was Davenport's charge Madison Keys who Stephens defeated to progress to the Roland Garros final, claiming a 6-4 6-4 victory in a rematch of last year's US Open final, which Stephens also won 6-3 6-0.
Despite her disappointment in Paris, Keys moves into the top 10 of the rankings, one spot behind Venus.
By advancing to the #RG18 final, Sloane Stephens will move to No.4 in the @WTA Rankings.— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) June 7, 2018
The last American to hold a Top 5 ranking other than Venus or Serena Williams was Lindsay Davenport in April 2006.
.@WTA Top 10 after #RG18:— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) June 7, 2018
1. Simona Halep
2. Caroline Wozniacki
3. Garbiñe Muguruza
4. Sloane Stephens
5. Elina Svitolina
6. Caroline Garcia
7. Karolina Pliskova
8. Petra Kvitova
9. Venus Williams
10. Madison Keys