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Ace Keothavong continues world ranking bid in Tokyo tournament

PUBLISHED: 14:01 10 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:22 07 September 2010

CUMBERLAND S Anne Keothavong is set to jet off to Japan for next week s international tournament in Tokyo in a bid to continue her rise up the world rankings, writes Simon Jackson. Keothavong has surged 16 places to No.71 in the world after reaching the t

CUMBERLAND'S ANNE KEOTHAVONG IS SET TO JET OFF TO JAPAN FOR NEXT WEEK'S INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT IN TOKYO IN A BID TO CONTINUE HER RISE UP THE WORLD RANKINGS, WRITES SIMON JACKSON.

KEOTHAVONG HAS SURGED 16 PLACES TO NO.71 IN THE WORLD AFTER REACHING THE THIRD ROUND OF THE US OPEN. THE 24-YEAR-OLD LOST IN STRAIGHT SETS TO THE WORLD NO.4 AND THE NEWLY-CROWNED OLYMPIC CHAMPION ELENA DEMENTIEVA 6-3, 6-4.

NOW BRITISH NO.1 KEOTHAVONG IS TARGETING THE TOP 50 BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR. "I FEEL LIKE I CAN CLIMB THE RANKINGS," SAID KEOTHAVONG. "THE NEXT STAGE FOR ME IS TO BREAK INTO THE TOP 50."

AND KEOTHAVONG IS UNCONCERNED THAT SHE MAY HAVE TO QUALIFY FOR THE TOKYO EVENT, WHICH STARTS ON TUESDAY. "I AM IN GOOD SHAPE," SHE SAID. "I'M READY TO BE AMONG THE BETTER PLAYERS."

EARLIER IN THE YEAR, KEOTHAVONG REACHED THE SECOND ROUND AT WIMBLEDON BEFORE LOSING TO THE EVENTUAL CHAMPION VENUS WILLIAMS 7-5, 6-2.

L GLOBE'S ALEX BOGDANOVIC JOINS ANDY AND JAMIE MURRAY IN THE GREAT BRITAIN TEAM FOR NEXT WEEKEND'S DAVIS CUP WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFF TIE AGAINST AUSTRIA AT WIMBLEDON.

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