Sloane Stephens ends 12-year wait by breaking into top five of world rankings

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 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 U.S. 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 Williams.