WTA Rankings: Aryna Sabalenka topples Iga Swiatek while Coco Gauff forms ‘new Big Three’
There are quite a few twists in turns in the WTA Rankings following the conclusion of the US Open with Aryna Sabalenka sitting pretty at No 1 despite her loss in the final.
With Iga Swiatek’s title defence coming to an end in the fourth round at Flushing Meadows, Sabalenka was assured of ascending the throne for the first time in her career after the hard-court Grand Slam.
The Belarusian ended up losing the showpiece against Coco Gauff, but her run to the final ensured she opened a 1,071-point lead over four-time Grand Slam winner Swiatek.
Gauff, who won her maiden major at the age of 19 when she defeated Sabalenka 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the final, is up to a career-high of No 3 in the WTA Rankings following her biggest pay day in tennis.
The teenager added 1,570 points to her tally and, although she is still well adrift of the top two, she could well be challenging the Sabalenka-Swiatek dominance over the next few years as she has beaten both in the space of a couple of months.
This just a few months after there was talk about Sabalenka, Swiatek and Elena Rybakina forming a Big Three in women’s tennis.
Rybakina is at No 4 after losing in the third round in New York and Jessica Pegula is fifth while Wimbledon winner Marketa Vondrousova is up to a career-high No 6 on the back of her run to the quarter-final.
Last year’s runner-up Ons Jabeur dropped to No 7 after her early loss.
Madison Keys climbs six places to No 11 after reaching the last eight while fellow quarter-finalist Jelena Ostapenko – who knocked Swiatek out – moves up five places to 15th.
Outside the top 20, American youngster Peyton Stearns is up 15 places to No 44 after her run to the fourth round while Great Britain’s Katie Boulter – who was knocked out in the third round by Stears – reaches the top 50 for the first time in her career.
Boulter had previously never made it past the first round at Flushing Meadows, but she won two matches this time around. She is not the only British player in the top 100 with Jodie Burrage up 11 places to No 85.
WTA Rankings Top 20
1. Aryna Sabalenka – 9,266 points
2. Iga Swiatek Poland 8,195
3. Coco Gauff United States 6,165
4. Elena Rybakina Kazakhstan 5,790
5. Jessica Pegula United States 5,755
6. Marketa Vondrousova Czech Republic 3,830
7. Ons Jabeur Tunisia 3,771
8. Karolina Muchova Czech Republic 3,765
9. Maria Sakkari Greece 3,525
10. Caroline Garcia France 3,050
11. Madison Keys United States 2,940
12. Daria Kasatkina – 2,790
13. Barbora Krejcikova Czech Republic 2,751
14. Petra Kvitova Czech Republic 2,750
15. Belinda Bencic Switzerland 2,715
16. Jelena Ostapenko Latvia 2,580
17. Liudmila Samsonova – 2,410
18. Veronika Kudermetova – 2,250
19. Ekaterina Alexandrova – 2,250
18. Victoria Azarenka – 2,235
20. Beatriz Haddad Maia Brazil 2,220
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