WTA Rankings: Simona Halep breathing down Naomi Osaka’s neck, Ashleigh Barty cracks top ten
Naomi Osaka has held onto the world number one position in the updated WTA rankings, but now has Simona Halep breathing down her neck.
Osaka has struggled since rising to the top of the rankings on the back of her Australian Open success, and Halep could have dethroned her had she reached the Miami Open final.
However, she fell in the semis to Karolina Pliskova, who jumped to fourth as a result.
Ashleigh Barty, who won the Miami Open, has broken into the top ten for the first time, and Kiki Bertens has climbed two places to sixth.
It is worth noting, though, that Bertens is going into a period of the season now in which she has a lot of points to defend, so she may find herself under increased pressure.
Serena Williams, who didn’t play Miami due to injury, has dropped out of the top ten.
WTA Rankings (April 1, 2019)
1. Naomi Osaka 6,021
2. Simona Halep 5,782
3. Petra Kvitova 5,645
4. Karolina Pliskova 5,580
5. Angelique Kerber 5,165
6. Kiki Bertens 5,050
7. Elina Svitolina 5,020
8. Sloane Stephens 4,287
9. Ashleigh Barty 4,275
10. Arina Sabalenka 3,595
More from Tennis365:
French Open day 14: Glory for Barbora Krejcikova, mixed emotions for Maria Sharapova and French joy
The story of the penultimate day of action at Roland Garros.
Five things to know about Barbora Krejcikova: From the influence of Jana Novotna to idolising Justine Henin
Getting to know Roland Garros champion Krejcikova.
Barbora Krejcikova pays tribute to Jana Novotna as she explains how her late mentor gave her strength
Novotna coached Krejcikova prior to her untimely death.
‘Hopefully third time lucky,’ says Johanna Konta as she reaches her third final in Nottingham
Konta faces Zhang Shuai in the final.
Barbora Krejcikova completes French Open fairytale by beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova for maiden Grand Slam
Barbora Krejcikova is your French Open women’s champion.
Novak Djokovic turns his attention to Stefanos Tsitsipas and French Open final after epic semi-final
The Serb handed Nadal just his third defeat at Roland Garros.
ATP Queen’s Club draw: Andy Murray and Dan Evans find out their first-round opponents
Andy Murray has not played since March.
2021 French Open men’s final info, head-to-head, betting and preview: Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas
All the info you need ahead of the 2021 French Open men’s final.
Mats Wilander on GOAT debate after Novak Djokovic win: ‘There could be three guys on 20 after Wimbledon’
“We have to start talking about the GOAT,” says Wilander.
Johanna Konta makes progress while Dan Evans fails as grass-court season gathers pace
Johanna Konta’s fine form continues at Viking Open.