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Lisa Raymond: Back on Top–and Making History

April 23, 2012

Today, American Lisa Raymond returns to the top spot of the WTA’s doubles rankings, sharing it with partner Liezel Huber.

It’s a tremendous achievement for Raymond, 38, who is now the oldest player, male or female, to top a tennis ranking.  It’s especially well deserved as she and Huber have been playing lights out lately, winning eight titles over the course of their year-long partnership. Those eight are part of the 73 total she’s captured over the course of her career.

It’s been a great ride for Raymond so far, and it looks like it could easily continue for a few more years. She looks more fit than she’s ever been, even when she was a top-15 singles player. Also, Raymond and Huber have proven they can handle the big-hitting singles players when they team up as their knowledge, hands and experience led them on a four-tournament winning streak earlier this season.

Who knows what the rest of the year will hold? I wrote something earlier for Tennis Grandstand on whether or not ’12 can go down as one of the greatest doubles seasons of all time for the two. Whether or not that happens, it’s already been one to remember for Raymond with a spot on top to mark it.

(Photo: Getty Images)

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