WTA Rankings: Simona Halep soars up to World No 6, Coco Gauff tops doubles ladder

A delighted Simona Halep

Romania’s Simona Halep secured the World No 6 ranking thanks to her victory over Beatriz Haddad Maia in Toronto on Sunday.

Halep secures her return to the top strata just over a year since slipping out of the top 10 in a decline that saw her sink to 27th in the world earlier this season.

The Toronto title has propelled Halep into a position to command a very good seeding for the US Open.

Meanwhile, Haddad Maia became the first Brazilian to reach a WTA 1000 final, and her runner-up performance in Toronto ensures she bags 585 ranking points.

Haddad Maia moves up eight spots to become the new World No 16.

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She is also the first Brazilian to crack the Top 20 since the introduction of the first computer ranking system in 1975.

As recently as last October, Haddad Maia was ranked 115th, but she sports a 43-17 record at all levels in 2022, and is 26-14 in WTA main draws.

The 26-year-old’s first two WTA titles in Nottingham and Birmingham, and the Saint-Malo WTA 125 make her a three-time winner already this season and the promise is that there is more to come.

Toronto quarter-finalist Zheng Qinwen moves up 10 spots to reach a career-high ranking of No 41 in another notable move into the top 50.

China’s Zhu Lin captured the ITF W100 event in Landisville, Pennsylvania and along with it 140 rankings points which left her 20 places in the rankings to 73rd.

In an ironic twist, Serena Williams regained her WTA Ranking after the week in which she announced her intention to retire.

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Emma Raducanu slips three places and drops out of the top ten but remains World no 13 ahead of the Cincinnati Masters.

The only change to the top five sees Maria Sakkari inch ahead of Paula Badosa to be World No 3.

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Iga Swiatek still sports a huge lead at the head of the rankings with her closest rival, Anett Kontaveit, over 4000 points back.

Jessica Pegula remains the American No 1 but slips down to 8th in the world while she is also ranked No 8 in the doubles rankings after claiming her second Masters’ doubles title of the season with Coco Gauff.

Gauff assumes the World No 1 doubles ranking and at 18 years and 154 days old, she becomes the second youngest player to make her debut atop the rankings.

Away from the limelight CoCo Vandeweghe won her biggest title in more than six years at the WTA 125 event in Concord, Massachusetts which saw her move up 67 spots (from No 192 to No 125).