Iga Swiatek set for another No 1 rankings milestone after Coco Gauff follows her out of Wimbledon

Shahida Jacobs
Iga Swiatek set to remain at No 1
Coco Gauff unable to catch Iga Swiatek at No 1 in near future

Iga Swiatek may have suffered a surprise early exit from Wimbledon, but she is now guaranteed to remain at No 1 in the WTA Rankings for at least another couple of months after Coco Gauff also crashed out of the grass-court Grand Slam.

Swiatek has spent the last 35 weeks at the top of the rankings and she sits on a total of 110 weeks, which puts her ninth in the all-time list for most weeks at No 1, but with Gauff also losing in the fourth round at SW19 she is now set to move up to eighth.

Swiatek was always guaranteed to remain at No 1 after Wimbledon as she has a 3-000-odd point advantage over Gauff with Aryna Sabalenka another 1,000-plus points behind in third place.

But the Pole’s shock defeat to Yulia Putintseva in the round of 16 at the All England Club on Saturday opened the door for Gauff to replace her at No 1 after the North American hard-court swing, although the American still had a lot of work to do.

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Gauff, though, suffered a two-set defeat to Emma Navarro a day later and it means Swiatek is now set to move up at least one spot in the all-time list as she is guaranteed to stay at No 1 for at least another eight weeks.

Swiatek – who passed the 100-week milestone in April – is just seven weeks behind eighth-placed Justine Henin and is mathematically assured of moving up while Ashleigh Barty is another four weeks ahead in seventh.

If Swiatek defends her North American hard-court swing points, then she will also move ahead of Barty. However, there is a big between the seventh-placed Australian and Monica Seles in sixth place as the American sits on 178 weeks.

Last year Swiatek reached the semi-final of the Canadian Open and Cincinnati Open before losing in the fourth round of the US Open.

Her closest challenger, Gauff has more points to defend as she enjoyed a dream swing on home soil, winning the Citi DC Open, Cincinnati Open and US Open.

Sabalenka, meanwhile, lost in the third round in Canada, the semi-final in Cincinnati and finished runner-up to Gauff at Flushing Meadows.

World No 4 Elena Rybakina could be a dark horse, but she would have to win Wimbledon, the US Open and one of the WTA 1000 events.