Henman breaks into top 30

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The Independent Online
Tim Henman yesterday became the first British player since John Lloyd in December 1984 to break into the top 30 in the world rankings.

After reaching the semi-finals of the Lyon tournament last week, Henman has risen from 32 to 26 on the ATP computer. He has withdrawn from the Vienna event this week, because of blisters, but he will be back on the circuit at Ostrava, in the Czech Republic, next week. Greg Rusedski, the British No 2, has also risen in the rankings, from 84 to 75, after reaching the semi-finals in Singapore last week.

Sam Smith, the Essex player, who reached the semi-finals of the Limoges Challenger two weeks' ago, has become the British No 1 after improving her world ranking from 214 to 134.

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