British tennis receives welcome boost as five stars break into top 100 in rankings

Katie O'Brien

Riding high: Great Britain's Katie O'Brien

Five Britons have leapt into the top 100 of the world tennis rankings.

For the first time since 1991 there are three women in the WTA singles top 100, Anne Keothavong (77) being joined by Scotland’s Elena Baltacha (93) and Yorkshire’s Katie O’Brien (98) after they met in the weekend’s final of the $75,000 event in Shrewsbury.

Colin Fleming (79) and his partner Ken Skupskii 76) soared into the doubles top hundred after their shock title win at last week’s ATP Tour event in Metz.

Jamie Murray (97) makes a welcome return after he and fellow Brit Jamie
Delgado won the Challenger event in Ljubljana.

Although Keothavong is unlikely to return until February after suffering a freak knee
injury, she had a first ‘static’ hit on Monday.

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