Somdev falls in ATP rankings

India's singles star, Somdev Devvarman, who will return to action this week, has suffered a steep slide of 19 places to 89 in the ATP rankings issued on Monday. Somdev, who was advised two weeks' rest after suffering a shoulder strain in India's recent Davis Cup tie against Japan, will battle in the Malaysian Open. He will open his campaign against a qualifier.

Another out-of-action player, Sania Mirza, has gained two places to be 86. Sania's doubles ranking was unchanged at number 10 and there was no modify in her team ranking with Elena Vesnina, as they stand at number four. In the ATP doubles rankings, Mahesh Bhupathi (6), Leander Paes (8) and Rohan Bopanna (14) also maintained their individual positions.

In the doubles race to year-end championship also, Paes and Bhupathi held on to their fourth rank and the Indo-Pak pair of Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi were also still at number seven.

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