China Open upset makes Serena No. 1
October 07, 2009 | Posted by Chris
At the China Open tennis tournament in Beijiing yesterday, a stunning upset of the world's No. 1 ranked player by an unknown wild card participant thrust Serena Williams back into the top spot in international tennis rankings, the Associated Press reports. In the upset Russia's Dinara Safina, at the time ranked No. 1 in the world, lost to local player Zhang Shuai, who was ranked No. 226. The surprise victory makes Zhang the lowest-ranked player to ever beat the world's top-ranked player. Meanwhile, Serena Williams' second round victory ensures that she replaces Safina in the No. 1 spot -- a position she held for 72 weeks from February last year to April this year. Safina, whose older brother is also a professional tennis star and won the inaugural China Open tournament in 2004, after the loss told reporters, "I would like to take some break now...I'm very upset with myself." In related news, No. 3 Venus Williams is now out of the tournament, having lost in the second round to No. 39 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.