Venus Williams rankled by low ranking

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Venus Williams pays enough attention to her tennis to know she no longer is ranked in the top 10 and precisely where she stands, is a bit of a mystery.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:34 IST
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Venus Williams pays enough attention to her tennis to know she is no longer is ranked in the top 10 but precisely where she stands, however, is a bit of a mystery to her. "What am I ranked?" Williams asked on Monday after beating Sybille Bammer of Austria 6-4, 6-3 in the first round at the French Open. She was told that it has slipped to 13 and said it's bound to go up. Williams used to be number 1 but injuries have limited her play in recent years, and Monday's match was only her 10th of 2006. Now she's ranked 13th, seeded 11th. "In my head, I'm always feeling at the top, for sure," Williams said, adding that it's not fun "seeing your ranking going down, down, down." She won Wimbledon last year for her fifth career Grand Slam title, but missed time this season with an elbow injury. She says she's finally feeling healthy and hoping to be back at the top of the game soon. "I've been so blessed with a great career. I relatively have nothing to look back on with regret. I feel like I've learned from my losses, will hopefully learn from my wins," she said. Her younger sister, Serena, is skipping the French Open and Wimbledon because of a chronic left knee injury, and Williams was asked for an update. (AP)

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