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September 14, 2009

Clijsters vaults to No. 19 in rankings

The upset-filled U.S. Open caused a shake-up in women's tennis rankings with champion Kim Clijsters going from unranked to No. 19 Monday.

Clijsters, 26, recently returned from a 27-month break from competitive tennis and grabbed the second Grand Slam title of her career with a win Sunday against Caroline Wozniacki.

Considering only three Top 10 players made it to the Open's quarterfinals, the rankings could have been changed more but Dinara Safina remained No. 1 followed by Serena Williams and Venus Williams. Both Williams sisters lost to Clijsters during the U.S. Open.

Svetlana Kuznetsova, who also lost to Clijsters, went from sixth to fourth while Elena Dementieva slipped from fourth to fifth. Wozniacki's runner-up finish allowed her to reach a career-best No. 6 ranking.

Vera Zvonareva kept her No. 7 spot with Jelena Jankovic, a first-round Open loser, falling to eighth from fifth. Victoria Azarenka and Flavia Pennetta remained ninth and 10th, respectively.