Johanna Konta rises to a career-high world No4 following her Wimbledon exploits, while Sir Andy Murray stays at No1

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Day Eight: The Championships - Wimbledon 2017
Konta reached the Wimbledon semi-finals where she was beaten by eventual runner-up Venus Williams (Source: Getty)

Britain's Johanna Konta has been confirmed as the new world No4 – a career high – after the women's rankings were updated following her trailblazing run to the Wimbledon semi-finals.

Konta became the first female from these shores to make it through to the last four at the All England Club since Virginia Wade in 1978 before coming unstuck against the power and poise of eventual runner-up Venus Williams.

The 26-year-old, who was ranked No146 two years ago, is only the fourth British woman to break into the world’s top five and follows in the footsteps of Wade, Sue Barker and Jo Durie.

Czech Karolina Pliskova is the new world No1 despite her second-round exit on the SW19 lawns. She has usurped Germany’s Angelique Kerber, who slips to third after an underwhelming 2017.

Simona Halep of Romania would have hit top spot had she beaten Konta in the Wimbledon quarter-finals but has to be content with second, while newly-crowned champion Garbine Muguruza is fifth.

Serial grand slam-winner Serena Williams, who is currently pregnant and has not played since January’s Australian Open, has slipped out of the top 10 for the first time since April 2012. Britain’s Heather Watson is back in the top 100 at No79 following her run to the Wimbledon third round.

Britain’s Sir Andy Murray, meanwhile, has retained his position as world No1 in the men’s rankings, although Rafael Nadal trails by only 285 points. Murray’s tally of 7,750 is the lowest of any No1 since the points system came into effect.

Men’s Wimbledon champion Roger Federer has moved to third, with Novak Djokovic fourth and Stan Wawrinka fifth. World No47 Kyle Edmund could be overtaken as British No2 by Aljaz Bedene when he plays in Umag this week.

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