Power rankings: Sharapova stunned, but on right track

Maria Sharapova's performance last week in Los Angeles summed up her return to the WTA Tour.

After a superb win over Victoria Azarenka, Sharapova stumbled in the semifinals, losing to eventual champion Flavia Pennetta.

Such inconsistency has held back Sharapova's progress, however, the Azarenka result proved the Russian is getting back toward her peak.

She makes an appearance in this week's Yahoo! Sports Power Rankings, coming in at No. 7, while Pennetta also makes the cut at No. 8.

Caroline Wozniacki and Dominika Cibulkova drop out of our list of the most in-form players on the circuit.

1. (1) Serena Williams: Hungry for her third Slam of the year.

2. (2) Venus Williams: Seeking to atone for Wimbledon letdown.

3. (3) Dinara Safina: Top of the rankings, but doubts remain.

4. (4) Elena Dementieva: Looking for a big hard court campaign.

5. (5) Victoria Azarenka: Struggling to repeat early season form.

6. (6) Svetlana Kuznetsova: French Open champ looking for hard court success.

7. (NR) Maria Sharapova: Getting closer to peak condition.

8. (NR) Flavia Pennetta: Big win in L.A. last week.

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